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.

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Beach town

We’re looking for a beach area with a village near. We love Samara in Costa Rica and are interested in some place similar in Nicaragua. We’re not surfers, but a surf area is fine. Any suggestions?

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Greetings tbrooksher:

I blogged about the Top 4 Off-the-Beaten-Path surfing and fishing villages here: http://www.elportonverde.com/2013/11/03/top-four-beaten-path-nicaragua-surfing-fishing-villages/

Another underappreciated IMO option is the Masachapa/Pochomil area which is near Managua. Several dining and lodging options and easy access.

Cheers, Mike @ Farmstay El Porton Verde, Managua

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I have to admit I don’t know too much about Samara Beach, Costa Rica, so not knowing what it is like it’s difficult to know how to compare it to a similar destination in Nicaragua. But now that I’ve read up on it, I’d have to say that my recommendation of the Masachapa/Pochomil area probably isn’t a proper comparison.

From the above link from http://globetrottergirls.com/ it sounds like Samara is a place that feels off the beaten path but has all the amenities with none of the all-inclusive resorts that other places in Costa Rica have.

I’d describe the Pochomil/Masachapa area as definitely on the beaten path (after all, one of the few all inclusive resorts in Nicaragua is located nearby).  But, it’s pretty much off the beaten path for foreign tourists. Its usually filled with Nicaraguan vacationers and most of the private homes in the area are owned by nationals. Semana Santa (Holy Week) is a big deal in this area, as it is in most publicly accessible Nicaraguan beaches. Some of the bars and restaurants make ten times more than usual during that week.

So good luck tbrooksher! If I were to answer your question again, the most similar beach town to Playa Samara is Playa Gigante. It has a nice supply of local places to stay, private homes to rent, and isn’t a big surf spot (but nearby all the best breaks).