Nicaragua eNewsletter May 2012
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July 14-22, 2012

For the first time, Nicaragua will host the 2012 ISA World Masters Surfing Championships this summer. It is the biggest surfing event in the world for over-35-year-old surfers, with nearly 150 competitors from more than 20 countries. Many of these competitors are former professional surfers; some are former world champions. The exciting week-long competition will be held at Colorado Beach (Playa Colorado) in Hacienda Iguana on Nicaragua’s southwest Pacific coast, two hours southwest of Managua, the nation’s capital.

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The competition will run through the week – complete with nightly beach parties! – until the Finals and Closing Ceremony on Sunday, July 22, 2012. Athletes will surf the waves from powerhouse teams including Australia, Brazil, France, Puerto Rico, South Africa and USA (the defending team champions).


For more information on this exciting event, click here.

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Special Hotel Packages for the 2012 ISA World Masters Surfing Championships

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Playa Colorado in Hacienda Iguana, site of the World Masters Surfing Championships, is within easy reach by car and boat from a host of beach resorts and the lively beach town of San Juan del Sur. For the week of July 14 to July 22, 2012, hotels and resorts in the vicinity are offering special packages for visitors. There will be shuttles by van and boat between the hotels and the competition beach. To request information, click here.

Near Colorado Beach:

Adjacent to Playa Colorado, Playa Iguana Condos features two- and three-bedroom air-conditioned condos with fully equipped kitchens. On property are a restaurant and a nine-hole golf course. Rates start at $70/night.

A few kilometers south of Playa Colorado, Buena Onda Beach Resort is a five-acre beachfront property with eight rooms and two two-story villas that sleep up to six people each. The surfing resort boasts a restaurant, bar, pool and great service. Rates start at $79/night.

Also south of Playa Colorado, Rancho Santana is a 2,700-acre beach resort on three miles of coastline with a broad selection of luxurious air-conditioned ocean-view houses, as well as villas and condos. In addition to access to five beaches, Rancho Santana offers amenities including a restaurant, yoga, horseback riding, surfing lessons and more. Rates start at $250/night.  

Just south of Rancho Santana, Aqua Nicaragua Wellness Resort, Nicaragua’s newest luxury eco-lodge, offers treetop guest rooms and villas, some with plunge pools. The resort overlooks Redonda Beach, which unlike the surfing beaches to the north, is sheltered enough for snorkeling and kayaking. Aqua features a restaurant serving farm-fresh cuisine with Nicaraguan and Southeast Asian flavors, as well as a bar, yoga and spa services. Rates start at $245/night.

North of Playa Colorado, Punta Teonoste Nature Lodges and Beach Spa features 16 two-story beachfront bungalows with palapa roofs, colorful local art and ceiling fans. A restaurant and bar, swimming pool, spa, horseback – and even a turtle hatchery – are among the amenities at this eco-friendly resort. Rates start at $70/night.

San Juan del Sur:

San Juan del Sur, a beach town about an hour’s drive south of Playa Colorado, is known for its lively nightlife. During the ISA Championship, Grayline Nicaragua will provide transportation services from San Juan del Sur to Playa Colorado, with rates starting at $25. There will also be boat shuttles.

One of the largest and most popular resorts in Nicaragua, Pelican Eyes offers heart-stopping Pacific Ocean views and Technicolor sunsets as well as three infinity swimming pools, lush tropical gardens, two open-air restaurants, a spacious spa and 70 spacious casitas. Rates start at $200/night.

Hotel Victoriano is set in an historic Victorian-era building, across the street from San Juan del Sur Bay and within easy walking distance of the town’s beachfront bars and cafes. In addition to 21 air-conditioned rooms and suites, Hotel Victoriano features a bar and restaurant and a swimming pool. Rates start at $140/night.

All special requests, comments and cancellations should be sent to or or submitted here.

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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