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Nicaragua eNewsletter April 2014
 
     
 
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Nicaragua in the News

Word of Nicaragua as a must-visit travel destination has quickly spread and the media in North America have taken notice. Here are just a few of the most recent exceptional articles that showcase the beauty and myriad of activities that Nicaragua has to offer:

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Green Season in Nicaragua

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Nicaragua is a year-round destination. While a majority of travelers visit Nicaragua during dry season (from mid-November through early May), an increasing number of travelers are heading to Nicaragua during “green season,” which runs from mid-May through early November. Tourists visiting Nicaragua during green season will notice lush vegetation and incredible flora and fauna throughout the country. During this time, occasional tropical showers occur, typically in the afternoon or at night for brief periods of time. These short showers are actually quite lovely as they bring a cooling effect after the hot afternoon sun.

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Visitors traveling during green season also benefit from lower airfares, deals on accommodations and activities, and a smaller number of crowds in popular tourists spots. Additionally, green season is often the best time for some of the country’s most popular activities, including surfing along the Pacific Coast, fishing, zip-lining through the lush jungles, and hiking up volcanoes and through the country’s famed cloud forests. With green season on its way, now is the perfect time to sell Nicaragua to your clients.

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Nicaragua’s Caribbean Secret: The Corn Islands

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The Corn Islands, made up of Little Corn Island and Big Corn Island, have long been known to surfers and backpackers and were once a refuge for pirates. Recent developments – including new hotels and activities – are putting the Corn Islands at the forefront as the next Caribbean destination piquing travelers’ interest. The two islands, located 43 miles off the Caribbean coast of Nicaragua, are a tropical paradise offering travelers the opportunity to get off the beaten path and explore the relaxed island lifestyle that includes turquoise waters, white-sand beaches, palm trees, stunning reefs and marine life. Not only for relaxing, visitors can also undertake adventurous activities that Nicaragua is known for including snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking and fishing.

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Getting to the Corn Islands lets travelers truly feel as though they’re discovering an unknown paradise. Travelers can take an hour flight provided by local airline La Costeña from Managua to Big Corn Island. For a little more adventure, Big Corn Island can be reached by taking the ferry that departs once a week from El Rama, making a short stop in Bluefields along the way; the total time of the trip from El Rama to Corn Island is around nine hours. Once on Big Corn Island, Little Corn Island is reached by a 30- to 40-minute boat ride. Travelers should note that limited flights and boat departures are available each day.

With a surface of around six square miles, Big Corn Island is three times larger than Little Corn Island. On Big Corn Island, long stretches of sandy beaches and a selection of charming lodging options can be found. Small neighborhoods and homes are scattered over the island while some parts of the island remain uninhabited. Stunning beaches include North End and Sally Peaches, while South End and Long Bay offer stretches of white-sand beaches.

Little Corn Island is a charming island that is only about 1.5 square miles in size. Filled with scenic ocean views unobstructed by cruise ships, its white-sand beaches, coral reefs, cabanas and local restaurants make Little Corn Island feel extra special. Locals get around on foot with no motorized vehicles available on the island. Little Corn Island is home to a population of approximately less than 1,200 individuals who mainly speak Creole English. Travelers will find a relaxed atmosphere and a way of life that embraces the surrounding nature.

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Boutique and Charming Accommodation Options

Gran Francia

Los Balcones

Yemaya

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For your clients interested in experiencing a personal, small hotel feel while on vacation, Nicaragua has a variety of boutique hotels:

  • La Gran Francia (Granada) – Located right off the main square of the historical colonial city of Granada, La Gran Francia is an authentically restored building of Nicaraguan colonial architecture. This boutique hotel offers all the modern comforts and amenities with the best Nicaraguan hospitality in the rustic elegance of colonial Granada.

  • Hotel Dario (Granada) – Hotel Dario is a charming hotel with a colonial atmosphere, completely refurbished in a neoclassic building offering an intimate and peaceful atmosphere. The beautiful grounds include a swimming pool, gymnasium and business center.

  • Los Balcones (León) – Built in 1814, Los Balcones is a small boutique hotel located in the center of León. The colonial style property has 20 rooms, all fully equipped with modern comforts and offering complimentary breakfast.

  • Aqua Wellness Resort (San Juan del Sur) – Nestled on a private white-sand beach along Nicaragua’s Pacific coast, built right into the treetops, Aqua Wellness Resort offers private villas, daily yoga, relaxing spa and wellness offerings, and local, seasonal cuisine.

  • Arenas Beach Hotel (Big Corn Island) – Arenas Beach Hotel offers five bungalows, each with four individual rooms. The bungalows are each equipped with a terrace and hammock to enjoy the diverse, sophisticated and uncomplicated Corn Island atmosphere.

  • Yemaya Island Hideaway & Spa (Little Corn Island) – Yemaya is a barefoot beachfront hideaway nestled among the lush jungle on the pristine northern tip of Little Corn Island. With a focus on wellness and yoga, Yemaya offers 16 eco-luxury cabanas all looking straight out across the sparkling clear Caribbean water.

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Travel Packages for Your Clients

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Eco-Adventure International “Corn Islands – The Almost Untouched Caribbean” 3-day package: beach, leisure, water adventures

  • Corn Islands
  • White-sand beaches
  • Snorkeling
  • Aquatic transfers, boat driver and snorkel guide

Mountain Travel Sobek “Exploring the Cloud Forests and Pacific Coast” 10-day package: adventure, culture, nature

  • Granada
  • San Juan del Sur
  • Somoto Canyon and La Flor Wildlife refuge
  • North – Jinotega, EstelĂ­ and Madriz
  • Traditional food and coffee production
  • Hiking, wildlife viewing, kayaking, swimming, snorkeling and river floating

Kensington Tours “Nicaragua Highlights” 10-day package: culture, beach, nature

  • Managua
  • Granada
  • Léon
  • San Juan del Sur
  • Big Corn Island
  • Isletas, Masaya Volcano, beaches

Adventure Life “Nicaragua Multi-Sport” 8-day package: adventure, water sports, nature

  • Managua
  • Granada
  • Mombacho Volcano
  • Ometepe
  • San Juan del Sur
  • Kayaking, zip lining, biking

SITA World Tours “Nicaragua Honeymoon” 6-day package: beach, culture, leisure

  • Granada
  • San Juan del Sur
  • Coco Beach
  • Romance, relaxation and leisure

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Nicaraguan Tourism Board
Hotel Crowne Plaza, 1c Sur, 1c. Oeste. Managua, Nicaragua. Aptdo. Postal No. 5088
Pbx: (505) 2254-5191 / Fax: (505) 2222-6610
www.visitnicaragua.us