You say Cuba. I say Nicaragua. Let’s call the whole thing off | IOL

With the demand for Cuba extremely high at present, there are other alternatives to consider, writes Simon Calder.

 / 28 October 2016, 8:00pm
SIMON CALDER
Jesus del gran poder

Penitents carry a statue of Jesus Christ during the ‘Jesus del gran poder’ procession in the colonial city of Granada, Nicaragua.

Question: We tried to book for Cuba for a week’s holiday post-Christmas, but the travel agent said it was full to bursting and suggested Nicaragua instead, flying in and out via Miami. Would you agree it’s a good alternative?

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Answer: Demand for Cuba is extremely high at present, with such limited tourism infrastructure relative to demand, it’s not unreasonable to describe it as full – especially in the capital, Havana.

Nicaragua, the largest country in Central America, doesn’t do 1950s American cars and music in quite the same way as Cuba, but it is a superb destination in its own right. The scenery is dramatically volcanic; there are a couple of beautiful Spanish colonial cities in the shapes of Leon and Granada; and an indulgent Pacific beach resort, San Juan del Sur.

You might notice I have not mentioned the capital, Managua; that’s because it was flattened by an earthquake and resembles a scattering of scruffy suburbs rather than a proper city. There are, though, some colourful markets.

My one concern is the length of the journey. In the absence of direct flights from the UK to Nicaragua, the connections are gruelling – and involve the daunting prospect of US immigration.

With only a week, you might consider flying non-stop on to San Jose and driving up the Pan-American Highway from the Costa Rican capital.

Source: You say Cuba. I say Nicaragua. Let’s call the whole thing off | IOL

We get a lot of Canadian visitors to El Porton Verde, and when I mentioned something about how “Americans” from the USA can finally begin to travel to Cuba, I wondered out loud if that will affect the number of visitors from the USA. She said to me “Don’t worry, because more Americans in Cuba means more Canadians in Nicaragua!” 🙂

So yes, folks, if everything is booked in Cuba, take a look at coming to Nicaragua instead. You can always go to Cuba after the rush is over!

Your first & best contact in Nicaragua-Package Deals, MGA pickup

Your first & best contact in Nicaragua-Package Deals, MGA pickup

(km 10 1/2 C a Masaya, Managua)

this just in…PACKAGE DEALS AVAILABLE!

Airport pickup and drop off, all transportation, concierge service, beach house for five nights, first and last night lodging at the Farmstay, money exchange, shopping for groceries, staff at your private beach house, it doesn’t get any better! And we have three great beach options for you! Contact us and ask about the “surf and turf” specials!

ABOUT THE FARMSTAY

You won’t believe you are actually in Managua! No va a creer que estás en Managua! We are located a half-hour from the airport. Note: Most hotels are either near the airport or near the city center of Managua which is about 15-20 minutes from the airport. We are further out of town, but located in an area we call (as a sort of joke) “Beverly Hills Adjacent” as the farm is surrounded by all the fancy neighborhoods of Managua, while we’re located in an area of family farms.

Estamos ubicados media hora del aeropuerto. Nota: La mayoria de hoteles estan ubicados cerca del aeropuerto o cerca del centro de Managua. Toma 15 a 20 minutos de llegar alli del aeropuerto. Estamos mas lejos de la ciudad, pero ubicados en una area digamos como una broma, “vecinos a los Beverly Hills de Managua” porque aunque la comarca de la finca esta rodeada de todos los residentiales de lujo como Santo Domingo, Las Colinas y Las Praderas, aun esta todavia una area de fincas y granjas frutales.

 

Located in Managua, but being here feels like a world away. . .visit us at: http://www.elportonverde.com/

Ubicados en Managua, pero se siente en otro mundo…visitenos, estamos a sus ordenes!

Mission

To bring a comfortable stay for guests who desire to be near the best of the Nicaraguan capital city of Managua but want to be in a pleasant environment with excellent views, amenities, and hospitality.

Para traer una estancia cómoda para los huéspedes que desean estar cerca de los mejores de la capital nicaragüense de Managua, pero quieren estar en un ambiente agradable, con excelentes vistas, comodidades y hospitalidad.

Description

Farmstay El Porton Verde is a small guesthouse, your “first night and last night alternative” to chain hotels near the Managua Airport (Aeropuerto Internacional Augusto C. Sandino) or in downtown Managua. If you like a cool & breezy location in a peaceful tropical farm environment, check us out!

Estamos su alternativo a los hoteles de cadena, y su posada del “primer y ultima noche” en Nicaragua. Si te gusta un lugar fresco y ventoso en un ambiente pacífico en finca tropical, visítenos!

General Information

We are a family-friendly farmstay guesthouse B&B offering accommodations for a maximum of 14 guests. We offer a fully-furnished one bedroom apartment, two rooms with bunk beds for backpackers that sleep up to four, and two en-suite rooms with queen-sized beds.

Somos una posada estilo B & B que ofrece alojamiento para un máximo de 14 invitados. Ofrecemos un apartamento totalmente amueblado, dos habitaciones con literas para los mochileros que pueden alojar hasta cuatro, y dos habitaciones con baño privado, camas de tamaño queen.

Source: Your first & best contact in Nicaragua-Package Deals, MGA pickup

Panoramic View from the Farmstay Poolside at the Farmstay View from the Farmstay Poolfront Apt Tranquil Farmstay B B in Managua Ensuite Queen Tranquil Farmstay B B in Managua

Both the Apartment and the Bunk Bed Rooms have fantastic mountain and volcano views and they are also located in front of our swimming pool.

Both the Apartment and the Bunk Bed Rooms have fantastic mountain and volcano views and they are also located in front of our swimming pool.

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Two rooms with bunk beds, suitable for up to four persons (two on the bottom bunk and two on the top bunk).

Two rooms with bunk beds, suitable for up to four persons (two on the bottom bunk and two on the top bunk).

The Apartment also has its own kitchen, dining, and living areas.

The Apartment also has its own kitchen, dining, and living areas.

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The two bunk bedrooms share one bathroom.

The two bunk bedrooms share one bathroom.

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The Apartment has its own deluxe bathroom.

The Apartment has its own deluxe bathroom.

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Ceramic jars made for us in San Juan de Oriente

Ceramic jars made for us in San Juan de Oriente

You might want to stay in Managua when…

You might want to stay in Managua when:

  • Your incoming flight arrives late in the day and you might be feeling a bit tired and prefer to get a bite to eat and get to somewhere nice where you can take it easy and get a good night’s sleep.
  • Your next Nicaraguan destination can wait a day, you’ve done a lot of traveling and are on VACATION so give yourself a break and start to relax already!
  • Your departing flight is leaving really early in the morning.
  • You are traveling on to the Caribbean coast and need to wait until the next days flight to Bluefields, Corn Island, Puerto Cabezas, etc.
  • Your flight came in late and you are planning on going first to somewhere kind of far away, such as Chinandega, Matagalpa, Esteli, San Juan del Sur, Rio San Juan, Ometepe Island, etc. which you cannot or should not attempt to travel to at night.
  • You have some dental work or doctor’s visits to take care of by the best doctor’s and dentists in Nicaragua. You can save a lot of money with medical tourism in Nicaragua!
  • You have some NGO-church-mission-related, or other type of work to be done in the capital.
  • You are seriously thinking of relocating and understand that it is a good idea to get to know the biggest city in the country before moving on and deciding where you want to live in Nicaragua.
  • You understand that the best way to check out the different areas, especially along the Pacific Coast is to stay in the Managua area because transport to beach areas on the coastline is simpler since there isn’t any Pacific Coast Highway of Nicaragua!

if your situation does not fall into any of the above you probably don’t need to worry too much about where to stay in Managua.  So enjoy your stay elsewhere and thanks for reading!

Managua, Nicaragua

Managua, Nicaragua

via Where should I stay on my first night in Nicaragua? | Bed and Breakfast Farmstay El Portón Verde, Managua.

Nicaragua Medical Tourism | Nicaragua Health Care System | Nicaragua Hospitals

Answered by Mike Quinn – Farmstay El Portón Verde

Posted May 21, 2014

Medical Tourism Basics

Medical tourism is people traveling to a foreign country for the purpose of obtaining medical treatment. While neighboring country Costa Rica receives upwards of 100,000 of this type of tourist, this new industry is just getting started in Nicaragua. Nicaragua receives

via Nicaragua Medical Tourism | Nicaragua Health Care System | Nicaragua Hospitals.

Visiting Managua? Try our “soft landing” service, MGA transport & room

Visiting Managua? Try our “soft landing” service, MGA transport & room.

 

elportonverde-1Looking for a friendly face and a tranquil and cool place to stay that first or last night in Nicaragua?

Due to airline schedules and travel times, many visitors to Nicaragua arrive late at night or depart very early in the morning. For some, that means staying overnight in the Managua area.

Assuming you did not come to Nicaragua to stay at a chain hotel similar to what you have in your hometown, consider staying in the best-rated lodging in Managua that has a Nicaraguan flavor with first-world comforts and customer service.

Farmstay El Porton Verde is a small bed and breakfast located on a farm in the breezy hills south of Managua approx. 2 km off of kilometer 10.5 of the Road to Masaya (Carretera a Masaya). With our outstanding views, four-star quality guest rooms, and gorgeous swimming pool, we offer a quiet and fresh alternative to the airport- and downtown-area chain hotels and small inns. Our motto is: “we are located in Managua, but being here feels like a world away…” but the only way to really appreciate it is to be here for yourself. We invite you to visit and stay with us at the farm.

Your best bet to be near Managua but not “in” Managua!

Your best bet to be near Managua but not “in” Managua!.

While the great majority of visitors to Nicaragua are intent on getting out to the Corn Islands, San Juan del Sur, Ometepe Island, Granada or Leon (among other great spots…) as soon as they land at Managua’s Augusto C. Sandino International Airport (MGA), due to flight schedules, a good amount of tourists will need to look for lodging that first night in a place closer to the capital city of Managua.

But Managua has a bad reputation, and although it is much better then it used to be, visually as well as attractions-wise, it still isn’t the first place that people think of when they think of their Nicaragua vacation destination. So, for visitors who are getting in late (or visitors whose flights depart early), we at Farmstay El Porton Verde offer a good alternative. You do not have to stay in a chain hotel downtown or across from the airport!

You can stay at a very tranquil and peaceful location with fabulous views of volcanoes and forested hills, on a working farm at an elevation of 1,000 feet above sea level, where it is cooler and there is almost always a pleasant breeze.

That’s what is behind the concept of being near Managua, but not “in” Managua. I’d be interested to hear your comments or questions below.