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Nicaragua eNewsletter December 2012
 
     
spacer Nicaragua’s Time in the Spotlight is Here

Nicaragua is fast becoming a top-of-mind destination for travelers. The adventurous can experience thrill-inducing activities such as hiking through untouched jungles and up volcanoes, sandboarding down a volcano, and rappelling off a cliff into crystal blue waters. Those who come to relax can enjoy elite eco-living, yoga overlooking the ocean, horseback riding along the Emerald Coast, and delicious oceanfront dinners while watching the sunset. Nicaragua is a destination for everyone - and suddenly everyone is noticing.

Spotlight

In November, Nicaragua was featured in two major U.S. publications. T: The New York Times Style Magazine visited Nicaragua for a photo shoot with one of the world’s most famous models, Karlie Kloss. The result was a fantastic multi-page article about Nicaragua and its growth in tourism. The New York Times itself also ran an article that featured the off-the-beaten path Corn Islands on Nicaragua’s East Coast.

Once an afterthought, Nicaragua is fast becoming the “hot spot” for those in the know to experience beauty in its most natural form - from jungles and pristine beaches to volcanoes and colonial architecture - whether they are on a budget or spending top dollar.

Your clients can take advantage of Nicaragua’s growing popularity with one of the many travel specials available now. Here are just a few:

Jaguar Journeys “Luxurious Nicaragua:” Luxury, Leisure
6 days, starting at $1,555 per person - airfare included

  • Option between two resorts: Aqua Wellness Resort or Pelican Eyes Resort & Spa
  • San Juan Del Sur and beaches

Ladatco Tours “Nicaragua Explorer:” Charm, Luxury, Relaxation
10 days, starting at $3,995 per person - airfare not included

  • Colonial cities of Leon and Granada
  • Selva Negra
  • Coffee plantation at La Harmonia
  • Masaya National Park and Masaya Volcano
  • San Juan del Sur and beaches

Adventure Life “Nicaragua Multisport:” Active, Authentic, Adventure
8 days, starting at $1,695 per person - airfare not included

  • Colonial city of Granada
  • Ziplining, kayaking
  • Mombacho Volcano
  • Ometepe Island biking and horseback riding
  • San Juan del Sur and beaches

Nica Adventure Getaways “The Nica Adventure Getaway:” Fitness, Adventure, Intimate Experience
6 days, starting at $1,925 per person - airfare not included

  • Colonial city of Granada
  • Crater lake swims
  • Kayaking, ziplining
  • Mombacho Volcano hike
  • Salsa lessons
  • 5K Nica Run (include runners from local running clubs)
  • Portion of profits go to local Granada children’s charities
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The Holidays in Nicaragua

Holiday spacer The weeks leading up to Christmas and New Year’s are full of celebrations, time with friends and family, and in Nicaragua, tradition. Families shop in open-air markets for holiday-themed trinkets, tokens and gifts such as candles, nativity figurines and toys. Seasonal foods like rosquillas (donut-like pastries) and nacatamales (Nicaraguan tamales) abound in both open-air markets and restaurants.

Holidays

In Nicaragua, Christmas celebrations revolve around “El Niño Dios” (Baby Jesus). Midnight on Christmas Eve is the most popular time for family and friends to congregate for festivities and to open gifts given by El Niño. Houses and buildings are decorated with lights, nativity sets and Christmas trees.

Nicaraguans celebrate New Year’s Eve throughout the country with friends and family. As a tradition, some locals create a figurine dressed up in old clothes and full of gunpowder. They hang up this figurine in the streets and set it ablaze when the New Year arrives. This symbolizes burning away the old year and welcoming the new one. A special dinner is made and enjoyed at midnight. Fireworks and firecrackers also contribute to the celebration.

The Feast of the Epiphany on January 6 is also part of the holidays in Nicaragua. On this day, family and friends congregate for dinner, drinks and laughter, and children open presents given to them by the Three Kings. The holiday season often concludes with bright displays of fireworks.

The holidays are a perfect time for your clients to discover Nicaragua and all it has to offer!

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The Game of Golf in Nicaragua

Golf   In Nicaragua, baseball is the most popular sport, not soccer as in other Latin American countries. But starting in 2013, the sport of golf will make a giant inroad with the opening of a fantastic new course. Nicaragua currently has a handful of courses including the course at Milagro del Mar Beach & Golf Resort, a private community with residences available for rent, tennis courts, a pool, bar and restaurant, and three distinct nine-hole courses; and the Hacienda Iguana Golf and Beach Club, a high-end residential private beach and golf community on the Pacific Coast with accommodations for rent, plus a challenging nine-hole golf course. As of February 2013, Nicaragua will have a new world-class eco-friendly golf course, this one designed by a world-famous golf architect.

Guacalito Golf Course

Guacalito Golf Course, adjacent to the country’s first luxury resort - Mukul Resort & Spa - is found in Guacalito de la Isla, a $250-million, 1,670-acre low-density private beach community developed by the Pellas Development Group on Nicaragua’s Emerald Coast. The 18-hole, par 72 course was designed by world-famous Scottish golf architect David McLay Kidd, his first golf course in Latin America.

Golf

At Guacalito Golf Course, golfers tee off just steps from Manzanillo Beach on the first hole, which is named “Genízaro” after the native tree that towers over the tee box (each hole at Guacalito Golf Course is named for one of its tropical trees). From here the course leads golfers away from the ocean as it meanders through the tropical coastal forest, incorporating dozens of arroyos, hillsides and the Manzanillo River. On several holes, golfers cross wood bridges - even a suspension bridge - built by local craftsmen, and pass under towering Guanacaste, Tamarindo and Mango trees where howler monkeys gambol in the branches. The 18th hole brings players back to the beach, so close that the 18th green dramatically abuts the sand.

The golf course will also feature an expansive practice range, a state-of-the-art pro shop with rental clubs and shoes and complimentary bag storage, new golf carts with GPS, and a golf academy where golfers can fine-tune their skills. In keeping with the family-friendly atmosphere of Guacalito de la Isla, the Guacalito Golf Course will offer SNAG Golf training games for children. Golfers will also enjoy delicious food, Nicaragua’s famous cigars, and Flor de Caña rum at the Guacalito Golf Course Club House.

The Guacalito Golf Course will be open to residents of vacation homes and villas at Guacalito de la Isla, as well as to guests at Guacalito’s 37-room Mukul Resort & Spa, which also opens February 1, 2013. Book travel for you and your clients to Guacalito Golf Course and Mukul now while there’s availability!

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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