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Nicaragua eNewsletter August 2012
 
     
spacer San Juan Del Sur Adds "Turf" to "Surf" Activities

Surrounded by the best surfing beaches in Nicaragua, and featuring hotels, bars and restaurants galore, it’s no surprise that San Juan del Sur is a top tourist destination. Now visitors can find adventure activities to add to their beach vacations.

San Juan del Sur

At the lighthouse just south of town, Aracne Rappelling Tours has introduced a tour that combines three of the four elements in nature: earth, air and water, so you experience nature in a totally new way. After a short narrated hike, you are geared up and given instruction for the exhilarating vertical descent down the 300-foot oceanfront cliffs. At the bottom, you exchange your helmet for a life vest, then take a short swim to the boat that takes you for a cruise, with refreshments, before delivering you back to town. www.aracnerappel.com

Riding a horse on the beach is on the “bucket list” for many people and there’s no better place to do it than at Rancho Chilamate Horseback Adventures, just south of San Juan del Sur. Considered the number one activity in the area based on numerous TripAdvisor reviews, Rancho Chilamate offers exciting adventures for small groups of enthusiastic riders.  Tours begin at the ranch house, where you are geared up with cowboy hats and boots, and pose for photos.  Once mounted, you ride through the nearby rural community, over hills and down river beds, to arrive at the secluded beach where CBS TV filmed “Survivor Nicaragua.” Then you can gallop up and down the beach to your heart’s (and horse’s) delight! www.ranchochilamate.com

New adrenaline-pumping activities have been added to The Surf Ranch, Nicaragua’s first and only extreme-sports resort, located just outside San Juan del Sur. Now, in addition to kite-surfing, rock-climbing, wakeboarding, mountain biking, scuba diving and, of course, surfing, they offer jungle paintball, a 6,000-square-foot skateboard park, and an airbag drop from a 20-foot tower. Open to day guests. The Surf Ranch casitas and rooms will open to overnight guests in December 2012. For more information: www.surfranchnicaragua.com

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Fishing in Nicaragua

Fishing   Fast becoming a “hot spot” fishing destination, Nicaragua offers a variety of locations for off-shore and deep-sea fishing, fly and spin casting, and lake and river fishing. The abundance of fishing locales and diversity in fish species found in the Pacific Ocean, Caribbean, Lake Nicaragua and San Juan River are only a few reasons why the country is drawing increasing numbers of fishermen each year.

Offering leisure and sport-fishing opportunities for visitors, Nicaragua boasts unspoiled waters largely left untouched by commercial fishing. To help maintain these unspoiled waters for future generations, fishermen have largely begun to practice catch-and-release efforts for all billfish that are caught during offshore fishing excursions.

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In order to facilitate a successful fishing experience, it’s important to understand Nicaragua’s peak fishing seasons and capitalize on what is available when:

Inshore fishing: Great fishing year-round along the Pacific and Caribbean coasts. Peak season is November-August. Fish for rooster fish, sierra mackerel, jack crevalle, bonito, hound fish, snapper, grouper, snook.

Deep-sea fishing: Best fishing is April-September, with peak season June-August. Fish for black, blue and striped marlin, sailfish, yellowfin tuna, wahoo, barracuda, dorado.

Freshwater lake and river fishing: Great fishing available year-round in Lake Nicaragua and in the San Juan River. Fish for giant tarpon (can be 100+ lbs.), snook (up to 40 lbs.), guapote (rainbow bass), machacas.

Among the popular venues with fishing options in Nicaragua:

Marina Puesta Del Sol: Home to the first international marina in Nicaragua, the resort is nestled on an azure lagoon along the pristine north Pacific coast of the country. Marina Puesta del Sol offers the luxury and amenities befitting a world-class hotel, with spacious suites and two swimming pools, while retaining the “off the beaten path” exclusivity of a remote paradise. Enjoy deep-sea fishing miles off shore, or inshore fishing near the resort’s marina

Surfari Charters: Located near Nicaragua’s best surfing beaches on the Pacific coast, Surfari Charters offers guided fishing excursions as well as surfing. All water transportation takes place in their customized 25-foot panga; accommodations are in air-conditioned cabinas with private bathrooms, hot water and patios complete with hammocks.

Casa Rosa Rishing Lodge: Located on BlueFields Bay along the beachfront of Nicaragua’s Atlantic Coast/Caribbean Sea, the lodge offers sport fishing in the unspoiled tropical jungle, rivers, bays, lagoons and cays, along with offshore fishing and jungle eco-tours in the Nicaraguan Caribbean waters

Bahia Gigante: The fishing village located on the southern Pacific Coast of Nicaragua is a developing tourist center complete with three charter fishing operations available for hire. Peche Sportive – offers full-service fishing tours by the week and simple accommodations in Casa Amarilla. Pastora Tours – offers day fishing trips and uses local fishermen as captains on their boats, and Fidel & Sons Charter Fishing – offers hourly fishing trips and uses local fishermen to captain their boats. Stay within walking distance of Gigante at Aqua Wellness Resort, which features luxurious, eco-friendly tree houses overlooking a beautiful swimming beach and a full-service spa

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Fall Sales Offer Opportunity to Visit Country

Travel Specials spacer From September 1 until December 15, 2012, travelers will enjoy up to 40% savings on tours and hotel packages that explore the nature, culture and adventure opportunities in Nicaragua – some with airfare included. To book a tour, hotel package and flights to Nicaragua, go to www.visitnicaragua.us/travel-specials .

Among the discounted tours to Nicaragua, go here:

Pacific Holidays’ “Jewels of Nicaragua": For the traveler who enjoys history and culture.
8 days, starting at $1,399 per person double – airfare included

Yampu Tours’ “Complete Nicaragua”: History, culture, history – plus the beach!
8 days starting at $2,834 per person double – airfare included

  • Colonial cities of Granada and Leon
  • Mombacho Volcano
  • Lake Nicaragua
  • Ometepe Island
  • San Juan del Sur and beaches

Solar Tours’ “Granada – San Juan Del Sur”: Choose your own schedule with a private driver.
7-10 days, starting at $851 per person – airfare included

  • Managua
  • Granada
  • San Juan del Sur and beaches

Solar Tours’ “Granada – El Gigante Beach – Managua”: Choose your own schedule with a private driver and a beach resort.
7-10 days, starting at $847 per person – airfare included

  • Managua
  • Granada
  • Pacific beaches

Latin American Escapes’ “Trekking Nicaragua’s Volcanoes”: For the active traveler.
8 days, starting at $1,350 per person double – airfare not included

  • Hiking and camping on four volcanoes
  • Volcano sand boarding
  • Colonial cities of Granada and Leon
  • Local markets

Latin American Escapes’ “Magic of Nicaragua”: Enjoy Nicaragua’s most popular sights and activities.
8 days, starting at $1,395 per person double – airfare not included

  • Granada and Leon
  • San Juan del Sur and beaches
  • Artisans' markets
  • Lake Nicaragua and Ometepe Island
  • Volcanoes

Sita Tours’ “Nicaragua: Granada & San Juan Del Sur”: Sightseeing, culture and beaches.
6 days, starting at $1,190 per person double – airfare not included

  • Lake Nicaragua
  • Masaya and Masaya Volcano
  • San Juan del Sur and beaches

Maya Tours’ “The Nicaragua Classic Tour:” The best of Nicaragua.
8 days, starting at $950 per person – airfare not included

  • Masaya and Mombacho Volcanoes
  • Granada and Leon
  • Lake Nicaragua and Ometepe Island
  • San Juan del Sur and beaches

Wildland Tours’ “Nicaragua Adventure Tour:” For the thrill-seeking adventurer.
9 days, starting at $2,850 per person – airfare not included

  • Granada and Leon
  • Sand boarding on Cerro Negro Volcano
  • Zip lining on Mombacho Volcano
  • Lake Nicaragua
  • Cycling to Juan Venado Nature Reserve

Tara Tours’ “All-inclusive Beach Resort-Montelimar:” Relax on a beach, eat and drink!
7 days, starting at $628 per person – airfare not included

  • All inclusive week-long beach vacation

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The 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