Government to build coastal road • El Nuevo Diario

The government plans to build a coastal road in the Pacific , as announced yesterday by Vice President Rosario Murillo, who also said that it will be President Daniel Ortega who will give details of the project in the coming days.

The project aims to unite the beaches of the Nicaraguan Pacific coast, from the department of Rivas to Managua.

Map of proposed Coastal Road

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In the coming weeks will work on a first stretch of the road that is expected to bring greater investment to the country, added Murillo in her daily speech.

The route of the road, according to Murillo, will start on the southern border in El Naranjo, and will tour the beaches of El Ostional, Playa Coco, La Flor, Marseille, Majagual, Las Maderas, El Gigante, Guacalito, Las Salinas, Tipilapa, Huehuete, Casares, La Boquita and Masachapa.

The coastal road has been raised in different administrations.At first it was designed under the administration of former president Enrique Bolaños. The project was to be built by the company called Inocsa-Edicro.

In 2010, during the first administration of Ortega, it was announced the construction of at least 2 kilometers of road from San Juan del Sur. It was also said at that time that there was funding to cobble another 5 kilometers of road.

At that time the cost of the project was $ 600,000 per kilometer paved, not including bridge construction and drainage system.

A year later, the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure announced the award of a concession to an Italian consortium for a period of more than 20 years and estimated that the investment cost of the project was 200 million dollars.

In its original design , proposed during the administration of ex-President Bolaños, the coastal road covered 131 kilometers paved and covered eight beaches in the country.

Source: Gobierno construirá carretera costanera • El Nuevo Diario

This news from El Nuevo Diario newspaper certainly comes under the heading of interesting and potentially transformative Nicaraguan news! Thing is though, there was a big push in 2010 (and many years before, in the mid-2000’s, during the Bolaños administration) for a coastal road and at one point they had even awarded a contract to an Italian firm and it was going to be a toll road.

Then a few years later it was sort of quietly announced that the project was dead. Well, like many a monster movie, It Lives! If this project is actually completed end-to-end that would be fantastic for vacationers and anyone who is a beach lover because you could actually visit several beaches in one day.

Of course, the people who would be the most “stoked” would definitely be the surfers! As it is now, for example, if you are staying in San Juan del Sur and after surfing a few days at the beaches near there, as a wandering visiting surfer, you’ll naturally want to try some other beaches. Well, on the map, the beaches of the Tola, Rivas area don’t look too far away, but if you actually were staying in SJdS and wanted to surf, say Popoyo beach, it would be a good hour and maybe twenty minutes to get there. When (and if!) this coastal road is completed, you’d be able to zip up there in maybe 20 minutes, 30 minutes top.

Thoughts and/or comments? What do you think? Please let us know below.

Turtles Begin to Arrive · El Nuevo Diario

Turtles start coming

Arrivals. Authorities report that between Thursday and Saturday, the first mass arrival of turtles in Chacocente recorded.

By Lesber Quintero | Country

Turtles start coming
Chacocente is one of the beaches where the largest number of nests recorded.


Over 2,500 Olive Ridley turtles come to the shores of the Escalante-Chacocente River Wildlife Refuge between Thursday and Saturday. According to the authorities that protect the turtle sanctuary, this is the first mass nesting period of 2014-2015, which began in July and ends in January next year.

Colonel José Alberto Larios, head of the Fourth Army Military Command, explained that the arrival began Thursday night with 1,434 turtles nesting “and continued on Friday night with 910 and 197 closed on Saturday, totaling a record of 2,541, “he said.

The shores of this beach nesting turtles have an area 1,500 meters, which are under the aegis of Army and rangers.

The nesting area is divided between the municipalities of Santa Teresa, in the department of Carazo, and Tola, Rivas department.


Last July officially began the period of arrivals, with a record of 1,363 turtles that were coming out solitary or in small groups, as confirmed by Colonel Larios.

We tried to phone to provide further details of the arrivals in the Refugio coach Escalante-Chacocente Jeffer Cruz, but he said he was not authorized to provide information.

In official media, however, Cruz stated that in August they expect between eight thousand and ten thousand turtles , adding that for this period expect more than 5,300 turtles in the 2013-2014 season, when accounted for the arrival of 54,700 copies.

Meanwhile, authorities in Refugio La Flor, located 22 kilometers south of the town of San Juan del Sur, are waiting for the next weekend to appraise the first major arrivals.

Chacocente, Flor, Juan Venado, Padre Ramos, Cosigüina, Jiquilillo and Pacific beaches where the arrivals of Olive Ridley turtle varieties, paslama, hawksbill and torita are concentrated .

60,000 turtles nest in Chacocente expected.

194,000 nesting turtles are projected to occur throughout the Nicaraguan Pacific, between July 2014 and January 2015.

more (in Spanish) Comienzan a llegar las tortugas · El Nuevo Diario.

Good reminder that when you come to Nicaragua you can usually see either the turtles coming up on the beach to lay their eggs in the sand, or to see the little babies hatching and helping make sure they get to the ocean’s edge okay. Beaches like La Flor and Chacocente are reserves where the turtles are protected as they lay their eggs, the eggs themselves, and finally as they rush off to the sea.