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Nicaragua eNewsletter September 2014
 
     
 
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Nicaragua – the New Honeymoon Hot Spot

Nicaragua is finally being noticed among more traditional honeymoon destinations as a romantic vacation spot offering blue waters, white-sand beaches and adventure. Destination Weddings & Honeymoon magazine recently highlighted Nicaragua, touting its affordability and “authentic local culture, stylish new hotels, primo surfing in the Pacific and diving off the Corn Islands – not to mention rainforests, volcanoes and the charming colonial city of Granada.”

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Not only is Nicaragua an affordable destination for honeymooners, it is also diverse in atmosphere and activity options. From enjoying a romantic retreat on the Corn Islands to connecting over nature in the cloud forests of volcanic mountains, and from engaging in active adventure through scuba diving or sandboarding down a volcano to indulging in culture in the colonial towns of Granada and Leon, Nicaragua is primed to welcome newlyweds with any range of interests. In addition, new boutique hotels and resorts cropping up all over Nicaragua cater to honeymooners, with incredible cuisine, intimate private villas, and couples massages. This year, Brides magazine named Mukul Beach, Golf & Spa as one of the top ten resorts in Central America for honeymooners.

The following are just a few of the lodging options for love birds considering a honeymoon – or any kind of romantic getaway – in Nicaragua:

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Gallup Poll Names Nicaragua Safest Country in Latin America and the Caribbean

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A recent study by Gallup highlighted Nicaragua as the safest country in Latin American and the Caribbean. The American research-based global performance-management consulting company gave Nicaragua a score of 67 (on a scale from 0-100) on Gallup’s Law and Order Index, which is based on locals’ confidence in their police, feelings of personal safety and incidence of theft. In the region, Nicaragua, Panama and Chile had the highest index scores, with Nicaragua improving 9 points over the 2009 study. This is in line with other recent studies that have indicated that Nicaragua is safe for locals and tourists alike.

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Retirement in Nicaragua

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Just as Nicaragua has become alluring to travelers, the Central American country is registering with retirees from all over the globe. As a matter of fact, ABC News, The Huffington Post and US News have all ranked Nicaragua as one of the best places to retire. This is in part due to the country’s affordability and the Nicaraguan Retirement Incentive Law, which encourages retirees and pensioners to move to Nicaragua. Law 694 – the “Law of Resident Pensioners and Retirees” – states that a foreigner is eligible for benefits if he or she is over 45 years of age and has a monthly income of at least $600 for pensioners and $750 for retirees (add an additional $150 for each dependent family member in Nicaragua).

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Additionally, Law 694 gives benefits mostly in the form of tax incentives and entitles retirees to the following:

  • Bring up to $20,000 worth of household goods for own home, duty-free
  • Import one car for personal or general use and pay no import tax or protective tariff. After 5 years, car can be sold again exempt from consumer sales tax.
  • Import an additional vehicle every 5 years under the same tax exemption

The decree’s benefits to retirees, as well as Nicaragua’s excellent health care, low cost of living, and enticing cultural, historical and natural offerings, make it an ideal retirement destination.

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What’s New in Nicaragua

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New Hotel
As of this Fall, Managua will be home to Nicaragua’s first Holiday Inn Express. Only a 20-minute drive from Augusto César Sandino International Airport and steps away from Managua’s best shopping and business areas, the new hotel will be a welcome additional option for clients in the capital city. Click here for more information on this new property.

Santa Fe Bridge Officially Open
The inauguration of the Santa Fe Bridge took place last month to welcome the pathway connecting Nicaragua and Costa Rica. Located 185 miles southeast of Managua, the Santa Fe Bridge will help alleviate congestion at Peñas Blancas, located in Rivas, and increase commercial border crossing efficiency and tourism between the neighboring countries.

"Nicaragua Mia" Campaign Launched in September
September marks Central America’s 193rd anniversary of independence and brings with it a flurry of holidays and activities in Nicaragua. To help visitors from throughout the world learn more about these celebrations and all that Nicaragua has to offer, the "Nicaragua Mia" (or My Nicaragua) campaign was launched in September. More than 300 activities during 5 weeks of holidays are going on this season to commemorate these events. Your clients can enjoy these exciting happenings, as well as Nicaragua’s year-round natural beauty, incredible food, and history and culture.

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North American Traveler Spending

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According to the Banco Central de Nicaragua’s Second Quarter Tourism Survey North American tourists spent the most per day per person over their counterparts from Central America, South America and Europe in the first two quarters in 2014. Expenditures by North American tourists also increased this year over the same two quarters in 2013 by a total of 21.6 USD to 109.8 USD per day per person. Great news for Nicaragua’s booming tourism industry!

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Travel Packages for a Tropical Adventure in Paradise:



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Finisterra Travel “Nicaragua, Central America’s Gem” 12-day package – adventure, nature

  • Granada, San Juan del Sur, Leon sightseeing
  • Masaya and Cerro Negro Volcanoes
  • Ometepe Island
  • Waterfalls, boat rides, sand boarding, horseback riding, lagoons, hiking, kayaking
  • Selva Negra and guest house accommodations

Sol International “Nicaragua Journey” 10-day package – culture, relaxation, nature

  • Managua sightseeing
  • Colonial Leon and Granada city tours
  • Ometepe Island, San Juan River and Solentiname archipelago
  • Boat tour of Lake Nicaragua’s islets
  • Local trips to Catarina, Biological Reserve Los Guatuzos, Indio Maíz Biological Reserve

Road Scholar “Exploring Nicaragua: Colonial Towns to Countryside” 7-day package – tropical, relaxation, rum and coffee tastings

  • Leon, Granada, Matagalpa sightseeing
  • Masaya Volcano National Park
  • Mombacho Nature Reserve/Masaya Market
  • Flor de Caña rum factory tour and tasting
  • Coffee plantation tour, hiking, shopping

Pacific Holidays “Nicaragua’s Nature & History” 10-day package – culture, history, nature

  • Managua, Granada and Leon town tours
  • Mombacho Volcano Natural Reserve
  • Ometepe Island, Playa Montelimar
  • Zip lining, hiking, boating, beach time

International Expeditions “Simple Pleasure" 9-day package – nature, leisure, culture

  • Leon, Granada town tours
  • Juan Venado Island Reserve, Montibelli Private Reserve, Chocoyero Reserve
  • Masaya market shopping
  • Coffee plantation and wildlife preserve tour
  • Boat tours, birding, hiking, tunneling near volcano
  • Selva Negra accommodations

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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