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Nicaragua eNewsletter February 2013
 
     
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Nicaragua’s first ultra-luxury resort, Mukul Resort & Spa, officially opened at the beginning of this month and is already welcoming a flood of luxe-seeking travelers from around the world. In fact, Mukul – which means “secret” in ancient Mayan – has veered away from its moniker’s meaning as it fast becomes one of the most talked-about destinations among leisure travelers and travel agents throughout North America.

Mokul

Located on Nicaragua’s stunning Emerald Coast, Mukul is part of Guacalito de la Isla, a new $250-million, 1,670-acre low-density private beach community developed by prominent Nicaraguan entrepreneur Don Carlos Pellas. The resort features 37 spacious accommodations, each with an ocean view, pool and private staff. Travelers seeking the ultimate experience at Mukul may book a suite in the 20,000 square-foot Casona Don Carlos (the Pellas’ private beach home) when the Pellas family is not in residence.

Amenities at Mukul include Spa Mukul, with six private spa-treatment casitas; a beach club featuring dining and lounge areas and a swimming pool; and the popular 18-hole Guacalito Golf Course designed by world-famous Scottish golf architect David McClay Kidd. Guests may also enjoy access to activities such as kayaking, surfing, horseback riding, biking and hiking on the property’s four miles of white-sand beach and rugged coastline and 12 kilometers of nature trails. And there’s always the chance to spot a variety of species of monkeys and other wildlife that reside in the lush coastal forest. Should guests fancy an outing off-property, the Mukul concierge will arrange customized excursions so guests may experience the culture, nature and people of Nicaragua.

MukulOpening rates at Mukul start at $550 per double per night, which includes breakfast, lunch, domestic premium open bar during the day and private ground transportation to/from Managua International Airport. Mukul is a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World. www.mukulresort.com

JicaroFor travelers seeking an eco-touristic experience, Nicaragua’s Jicaro Island Ecolodge is a chance to experience rustic luxury in an exclusive setting. Located on its own private island in Lake Nicaragua, just offshore from the picturesque Spanish Colonial town of Granada, Jicaro offers eco-luxe accommodations in nine private casitas that offer an intimate escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. With a plunge pool, spa, activities including kayaking and zip-lining on nearby Mombacho Volcano – not to mention delicious cuisine made with locally sourced ingredients – Jicaro is perfect for a romantic escape or a wellness retreat. www.jicarolodge.com

Morgan's RockThose looking for oceanside eco digs will enjoy Hacienda & Ecolodge Morgan’s Rock, set on a private beach just north of the bustling surf-central town of San Juan del Sur. Like Jicaro, Morgan’s Rock was designed by English ex-pat designer Matthew Falkiner, who uses native woods felled in hurricanes for his lovely “Simplemente Madera” furniture. Morgan’s Rock offers acres of monkey-filled forest to explore, a farm where families can gather eggs from the chicken house for an authentic Nicaraguan breakfast and a swimming pool situated for prime sunset watching. www.morgansrock.com

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Nicaragua and its Beaches

Beaches spacer Widely referred to as the “land of lakes and volcanoes,” Nicaragua is known for its multitude of active and non-active volcanoes, lagoons and lakes including Lake Nicaragua, Central America’s largest freshwater lake. To many others, however, it is also known as a top destination for surfing devotees and beach lovers. The tropical climate, beautiful beaches, excellent year-round surf conditions, plus a variety of accommodation options and easy access from North America, create an ever-increasing appeal to beach enthusiasts of all types.

San Juan del Sur

Here are some of Nicaragua’s most popular beaches:

San Juan del SurSan Juan del Sur – Located about 90 minutes drive from Granada and set aside a crescent-shaped bay, San Juan del Sur is a charming beach town off the Pacific Ocean in southwest Nicaragua. It is a popular destination among surfers, travelers and retirees in search of a relaxing beach-filled experience. The long waterfront is lined with delicious seafood restaurants, markets and decks overlooking the bay. Just north and south of town are pristine beaches that attract surfers from around the world. Volcano and hiking-excursions are only a small drive away.

Tours that make a stop in San Juan del Sur:

  • Latin Tour Dimensions “ECO Nicaragua” 10-day package: Volcano eco-adventure and culture. Pricing based on dates
  • Sita World Tours “Nicaragua Beach Getaway: El Coco & San Juan del Sur” 6-day package: Tranquil beach excursion. Price starting at $1,180
  • Latin Destinations “Granada – Leon – San Juan del Sur” 7-11 night package: Culture and beach. Price starting at $1,614

Corn IslandsCorn Islands – The Corn Islands – Big Corn and Little Corn lie off Nicaragua’s eastern coast in the Caribbean Sea. Once a haven for British buccaneers and escaped slaves, the Corn Islands remain remote and untouched – just part of the reason why adventurous tourists adore these islands so much. The islands’ sugary white-sand beaches and clear turquoise waters beckon those who are comfortable in modest lodgings, diving for lobster to eat for dinner and joining impromptu reggae concerts with the locals. Vacationers in Nicaragua can reach the Corn Islands by a daily puddle-jumper flight from Managua.

La Flor BeachLa Flor Beach – Just south of San Juan del Sur, the La Flor Wildlife Refuge is a beautiful beach where travelers may witness hundreds of nesting Olive Ridley sea turtles during nesting season, which is between July and January. Because La Flor is turtle refuge, swimming is off limits, but there are beaches north and south that welcome not just turtles, but people

Colorado BeachColorado Beach – Located on Nicaragua’s southwest Pacific Coast, Colorado Beach offers one of the best surf breaks in Nicaragua. Visitors can stay at one of the nearby surf resorts or at Hacienda Iguana (a private beach and golf resort), or access it by boat. In 2012, the International Surfing Association held its Masters Championships here.

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