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.

Accommodation: Granada, Mombacho, popoyo vs playa maderas

Greetings Kelly:

You’ve already got some very good advice here, so I’ll just add my dos centavos. For your surfing, I would recommend Popoyo more than Maderas. There is a beginner’s break right in front of Magnific Rock and just to the north is Popoyo reef, but it’s not super sharp or anything. If you go out on the higher tides you’ll be fine. Plus if you are coming in January, the surf won’t be real big anyway… Now if you do want the option to go to San Juan del Sur, then Maderas is the call. I’ve dropped folks off at Hulakai and when they came back to stay with us again they said it was really nice. There is a little bit of a dining scene at Maderas whereas while Popoyo/Playa Guasacate has fewer restaurants albeit some much better and more international flavors then in past years.
For your transportation budget, you might save a bit if you stay at Maderas as you can bus to SJdS then take a taxi which won’t cost too much, max $20 as it’s only fifteen minutes away.
That’s it from me, have a great vacay!
Cheers, Mike @ El Portón Verde, Managua

The power of the Popoyo waves is attractive for surfers.

The power of the Popoyo waves is attractive for surfers.

Source: Accommodation: Granada, Mombacho, popoyo vs playa maderas

Nicaragua attracts more tourists with its waves

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Pacific beaches of Nicaragua have become attractive enough for most tourists come to surf. The data from the Nicaraguan Institute of Tourism (Intur) show that between 2013 and 2014 the percentage of tourists who entered the country and made surfing increased 28.1 percent. Statistics confirm that in 2013 the 1.22 million tourists who came to Nicaragua, 25.2 percent surfed in the Pacific beaches mostly while in 2014 this share increased to 32.5 percent of the 1.32 overnight visitors National territory. Read: Waves catch more tourists in the country Lucy Valenti, president of the National Chamber of Tourism (Canatur) explains that this is one of the main activities that places the country on the global map, not only have good surfing waves, but because it attracts investment and other tourists interested in domestic supply. “It’s coming people willing to invest. Thirty percent of those who have homes in the first developments in the area of Rivas are surfers and we believe that this activity increases the stay and spending, “Valenti said.

LAPRENSA/CORTESÍA ALAS

LAPRENSA/CORTESÍA ALAS

AMERICANS LEADERS OF THE PREFERENCE

Intur data, updated to 2014, clearly indicated that the 429.481 tourists who made surf on that date, 46.6 percent came from North America, followed by South Americans, with a share of 42.6 percent. For Valenti, Nicaragua “has tremendous potential to focus on surfing and not only that, but it attracts new business investment, tourism development in areas and expansion of residential ranging from Chinandega to San Juan del Sur in Rivas “he added after being consulted yesterday at the Superior Council of Private Enterprise (COSEP).

You can read: Five tourist destinations that can explode Nicaragua

A LATINO CHAMPIONSHIP

In this context will take place this Saturday Claro Nicaragua Latin Pro Surf Classic 2016 on the shores of Playa Hermosa, in Rivas, and is organized by the Latin American Association of Surfing Professionals (ALAS). Pre-registration can be made on the web www.alaslatintour.com until today July 14 at 9:00 pm (local time in Nicaragua). For his part, the president of COSEP, Jose Adan Aguerri, said it is a private effort and only coinciding with the arrival of 18 models for Maxim magazine. “The models come from Europe, Australia, United States, Canada and in their social networks together total more than twenty million followers, with whom we can have a high impact, because they will shoot” Aguerri said.

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LAPRENSA/CORTESÍA ALAS

Good weekend

For the president of the National Chamber of Tourism, Lucy Valenti, the fact that the next July 19 is a national holiday and for workers in the States is day off on July 20 and those dates are near the weekend, they represent an opportunity for entrepreneurs across the country earning more income. “We believe that all those weekends that are close to holidays are very good for the dynamics of hotels and restaurants that welcome visitors, mostly nationals,” said Valenti. See:

Source: Nicaragua seduce a más turistas con sus olas – La Prensa

Surfing beaches near Managua or Granada – Nicaragua Forum – TripAdvisor

Gazelle1 London Level Contributor 100 posts 29 reviews

Surfing beaches near Managua or Granada

Sep 13, 2015, 7:22 AM

Hi there, Can anyone tell me the easiest good surfing beach to get to from Managua or Granada? Thank you

Re: Surfing beaches near Managua or Granada

Sep 16, 2015, 12:09 AM

Greetings Gazelle1: The best surfing beaches near Managua are Pochomil, San Diego (Gran Pacifica), and Playa Quizala. More here, “Top five Managua-area Vacation, Surfing, and Fishing Villages” elportonverde.com/2014/…

From Managua, the beaches are about 1 hour away while from Granada, the beaches are about 1 1/2 hours away, plus they aren’t really that great for surfing with possibly the exception of La Boquita.

Cheers, Mike @ Farmstay El Porton Verde, Managua

Source: Surfing beaches near Managua or Granada – Nicaragua Forum – TripAdvisor

Mundial de SurfSurfing is definitely more accessible and with better quality waves from Managua than Granada IMO. There is one world-class surf spot and three or four other good surfing beaches near Managua. Granada on the other hand, is further away from the ocean and the only real surfing beach is La Boquita, which is okay but definitely neither world-class nor is is it a good beginner’s beach.

I replied later on to the same thread on TripAdvisor that if they are leaving from Granada, they’d be better off going down to the Tola beaches, which are lovely and have fantastic surf! They’ve even held World Surf Championships in Tola!

Overall, there’s an embarrassment of riches as far as surf spots go, as you can see illustrated in this post. I posted there four different Google maps images of just a handful of the known surfspots in Nicaragua. But there’s probably a good twenty or thirty more spots besides the ones I’m posting.

$40/night Beachfront Eco-Casita in Salinas Grandes near Leon, Nicaragua

2015 ISA World Surfing Games Official Teaser – Popoyo Beach, Nicaragua

Video teaser for the 2015 ISA World Surfing Games to be held in Popoyo, Nicaragua 31 May to 7 June, 2015. This is some great news for surfing in Nicaragua, the International Surfing Association has decided to host a third world championship contest here in Nicaragua! I have been to both of the previous events and they are really fun with a great team spirit to be found amongst the competitors and some really good waves too!

This year the event will be held from May 31st to June 7th, giving a week during which we can only hope that a great big south swell shows up! Popoyo is a really fun wave and when it gets bigger it is a challenging spot, offering both a left and a right breaking off of a rock reef. The lefts are generally longer and better but the right can sometimes be great too, albeit a shorter ride. If it get really huge (like a 3 meter swell) they might be moving the contest to the big wave spot at the same location, Outer Reef.popoyoouterreefWhile the odds of that happening aren’t great (as a commenter pointed out, actually purt near impossible), it is a real possibility that the wave might be breaking and would be even more awesome than the regular break. So that first week of June is a great week to come down for a surf vacation and to see some of the best in the world have an exciting competition!

If you are coming down, consider using the Farmstay as your first night place to stay. While we’re not on the beach, flying in at night usually means an expensive night at a chain hotel that does not have the location and ambiance that FEPV does. So if that’s you, let us come and pick you up at the airport and take you to our comfortable bed and breakfast that first night. The next morning you can enjoy a fresh farm breakfast and head on down to Popoyo to start the competition. We can host groups of up to 16!

 

Opening Report: The Inn at Rancho Santana in Rivas, Nicaragua

Opening Report: The Inn at Rancho Santana, Rivas, Nicaragua

This breezy new retreat on the Pacific coast of Nicaragua is equal parts rustic and regal.

Seventeen years ago, Nicaragua was still more likely to turn up on the agenda of the State Department than the itineraries of American jetsetters. Matt Turner waved off the decades of civil unrest like an annoying mosquito. “Buy on the sound of the canons and sell on the sound of the trumpets,” says the CEO of Tola Development Corp., quoting financier Nathan Rothschild. “I always thought it was sound advice.”

Sound. Get it?

In 1998, Turner began carefully chiseling out sites for luxury sea castles on a ridge-backed viridian swath of Nicaragua wedged between the country’s eponymous lake and the cultish surf breaks of the Pacific Ocean. “I connected with this land. [It resembled] the California coast that I had been familiar with as a teenager, but without all the madness of late 20th-century development. No highways. No McDonald’s. Just gorgeous rolling hills and untouched beaches. It was too hard to resist.”

The Inn at Rancho Santana in Rivas, Nicaragua.Courtesy: The Inn at Rancho Santana

via Opening Report: The Inn at Rancho Santana in Rivas, Nicaragua.

This is by my count the third four or five star resort in Nicaragua to have opened. The first one was Mukul Resort at Guacalito de la Isla, owned by the Pellas family, the second was Yemaya Island Hideaway & Spa. I’ve spent some time at Rancho Santana and definitely can say it is a lovely stretch of coast and it is great that there is a small boutique hotel offering at this location.

Before the inn was built, if you wanted to stay at Rancho Santana you had to rent a whole house or a small (albeit very nicely furnished) cabina, so having a small hotel with the spa services that clientele for these types of resorts demand definitely fulfills a need.

According to the Inn’s website, rates start at about $250 per night and go up to $350 depending on room type and amenities. So if you are coming to Nicaragua and want to stay in some luxurious hotels, spas, and resorts, all I can say is ENJOY!

Insider’s Guide to Nicaraguan Surfing: San Juan del Sur Edition

Insider’s Guide to Nicaraguan Surfing: San Juan del Sur Edition

Intro and General tips

Introduction

In this first-ever edition of the Insider’s Guide to Nicaraguan Surfing, we’ll focus like the veritable laser beam on the surfing scene around San Juan del Sur (SJdS). SJdS is the number one Pacific coast location for visitors to Nicaragua. It is a fun little town set in a beautiful bay. If you are interested in going surfing when in SJdS, here are some tips for you:

 

The bay at San Juan del Sur

The bay at San Juan del Sur

 

  • There is usually no surf whatsoever in the bay of San Juan. Sometimes during the rainy season it is so stormy elsewhere that there are some surfable waves in the bay.
  • However (and especially so in the rainy season from May-October), as a Nicaraguan Insider, I can recommend that you DON’T GO IN THE WATER if surfing with high levels of fecal coliform bothers you (or your health) at all. The sewage system in the town is imperfect at best, and as we all know **it flows downhill, right to the drains and outflow pipes leading to the bay.

    Muddy beach near San Juan del Sur

    Muddy beach near San Juan del Sur

  • So, you need to go out of town to the beaches that are located ten to fifteen minutes away from the center of the little town. Unless you rented a car, you will most likely take beach shuttles.
  • The surf shops in town run most of these beach shuttles. You will see them around town and it is easy enough to get your transport arranged through them. Of course, they also have surfboards and other equipment to rent as well as gear to purchase.

    Arena Caliente aka Good Times Surfshop in SJdS

    Arena Caliente aka Good Times Surfshop in SJdS

  • The beaches most frequented are Playa Maderas to the north of SJdS and Playa Yankee and other beaches to the south of SJdS. There are further away beaches you can get to via land.
  • If you are really keen to discover new beaches, panga boat rides to the further out breaks can be arranged.

    Panga boats can take you to otherwise empty lineups!

    Panga boats can take you to otherwise empty lineups!

  • Don’t go to Playa Maderas near San Juan del Sur and have the expectation that the lineup will be mostly empty peaks waiting for you and your friends. Not gonna happen…

    Somewhat crowded lineups at Playa Maderas

    Somewhat crowded lineups at Playa Maderas

  • Also, know that there are some beaches that frequently host surf instruction. Obviously, these will be mostly beginning surfers so understand that it is best to give them a wide berth.
  • If you are a beginner yourself, try to stay away from the big boys. Normally that means staying inside on the whitewater until you get a better handle on standing up on the face of the wave.
  • If someone at the the beach is being super friendly with you, they probably want something from you. Sorry, but just sayin’

    Cool dudes on the beach, maybe thieves later...?

    Cool dudes on the beach, maybe thieves later…?

  • Practice standard surf etiquette as much as possible. Respect the locals and be humble.
  • Don’t buy drugs or tell your new friend which hotel you are staying at. If you feel you must say something, lie about it and tell him you are staying at a different place altogether. Giving away where you are staying is usually an “in” for a thief who wants your iPhone really badly.

Useful links:

San Juan Surf

San Juan del Sur Guide: Surfing

Map to Maderas Beach

Map to Yankee Beach and other southern beaches

Nicawaves

Nicaragua Surf Report

 

World Surf Competition will be held at Popoyo beach • El Nuevo Diario

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The power of the waves is attractive for surfers.

The power of the waves is attractive for surfers.

  •  Rivas
  •  March 6, 2015

Nicaragua’s Pacific beaches are back in the eyes of the world between May 31 and June 7, with the realization of a world of surf organized by the International Surfing Association (ISA, for its acronym in English).

The sporting event ISA announces on its website, which highlights that the location of the event will be the paradisiacal beach Sardina, the municipality of Tola, which is also known as Popoyo.

This will be the third surf event organized by the ISA on the beaches of Tola, and the fourth to be staged in Nicaraguan waters.

Lucy Valenti, honorary president of the Nicaraguan Federation of Surf, explained that these international events have made surfing one the core activities for tourists entering the country. He said that this has allowed the earning of better income for people in the coastal areas.

“According to the Central Bank of Nicaragua, surfing has become one of the main activities of tourists and on average these athletes spend about $100 per day, which is twice the average spent by tourists coming to perform other activities,” he said.

At the same time, he said that these world-class events have placed Nicaragua as one of the top surfing destinations, “due to media impact.These championships that have been made have reached more than 150 countries and 250 million people who now know about Nicaragua thanks to the transmissions that are made,” he said.

Similarly, it was reported that a delegation from ISA, commanded by Vice President Karin Sierralta, and conducted an inspection at Sardina beach to see the conditions of waves and logistical issues.

“Here the waves are constant and that they liked, because it is a pristine beach, which is ranked as one of the best in the world for surfing. Therefore, we are already preparing for the wave of surfers coming,” said Gerald Membreño, general manager of the Finca Popoyo tourism project.

Infrastructure

According to Membreño, on a hilltop farm Popoyo him into the sea-which is opposite the broadcast booths and judges will be installed and bleachers for public office ISA and other area will be allocated for parking vehicular.

“We as hosts are already working to provide good logistics and now we have hired 16 workers, because these global events promoting tourism dedicated to surfing and generate interest in acquiring coastal properties,” he said.

The three global surf contests that have been made in the country have allowed the entry of more than a thousand people between competitors and family, said Valenti, and the greatest impact has been the town of Tola.

The first event was staged on Nicaragua’s Pacific coast was the World Masters Surfing Beach held in Colorado, Tola, in July 2012. The following year he moved to stage Jiquiliste Beach, Tola, and World occurred Surf with Remo at Spa La Boquita, Carazo, and the Lake Nicaragua.

Competencia de Mundial de Surf se realizará en playa Sardina • El Nuevo Diario.

This is an additional data point for those looking at Nicaragua as a real world-class travel destination. At least for surfers, Nicaragua is a proven, consistent destination for excellent waves and fantastic conditions to hold the surf contests. These contests bring in teams from all over the world, and expose Nicaragua to the eyes and ears of millions of people.

First the hard-core surfers come down and fall in love with the place, then they bring their wives, girlfriends and family. Pretty soon they have a regular thing going with Nicaragua, they may buy properties, or even move down here to start their own businesses. Nicaragua is well into that cycle.

I attended the first event at Playa Colorado and the second event at Jiquiliste (Santana) and both were very well-run, had good local turnout, and had really good surf for the contest. If anyone wants to get this experience of seeing the surfing scene at these contests, I highly recommend attending this year’s ISA World Championship!

The impressive “Marine Phenomenon” that happens between Chacocente, Nicaragua and Salinas Bay, Costa Rica!

The impressive “Marine Phenomenon” that happens between Chacocente, Nicaragua and Salinas Bay, Costa Rica!

wqeadeseresssBy: David Quintana -Occuring between December and March; vacationers who frequent the beaches between Casares, Chacocente, and San Juan del Sur to the Bay of Salinas in Costa Rica, during the season of Easter, do not realize the phenomenon of “Upwelling” as oceanographers call the upward displacement of sea water.

“It’s happening right now, and because the waters coming down to the seabed by high winds pushing, pushing up to the surface typically colder waters, causing major nutrients”. Stresses Rosario Ruiz Sáenz, the Coordination Committee Corridor Coral A Investigative and Sustainability Program, which develops in the Pacific Nicaragua.

Peltier Barahona, a prominent Nicaraguan biologist, explains that winds from the east-entering the country towards Lake Nicaragua – increase in speed as it crosses the thin and narrow Isthmus of Rivas, pushing surface waters seaward in the area between Chococente and Bay Salinas in Costa Rica.

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“In the entire region the phenomenon is generated by the push of cold water from the bottom of the ocean, moving the hot water from above”, which forms a kind of swap as the water from down below comes up and the water above goes below. This requires that certain species leave their normal deep ocean habitats as they are heated by the sun to the surface of the water column, invigorating the marine food chain in its entirety.” He explained.

But what makes it more important to this phenomenon? Barahona said that because the phenomenon allows the movement of large banks of “Krill” (crustaceans on which whales feed), they go near the sea coast, causing immense importance as it allows the sighting of this species. “Everything happens from December to March and so – for example in San Juan del Sur – the waters are cold.”

“With the change in the food dynamics during that time period throughout the ecosystem, there is a bonanza for fishing, and of course that is why the fishing wealth or potential throughout this area.” Said the biologist.

¡El impresionante “Fenómeno Marino” que sucede entre Chacocente Nicaragua, y la Bahía de Salinas, Costa Rica! | Boletín Ecológico Nicaragua.

An explanation of the phenomenon called “upwelling” along the Rivas coastline and how it greatly improves fishing conditions and brings up the krill on which the whales dine on during the whale-spotting season, December to March. What’s not mentioned is the excellent surfing conditions that these winds also create, where they are offshore nearly all day every day of the year.