Travis Levius, CNN • Updated 15th December 2017
Tola, Rivas, Nicaragua (CNN) — Move over Costa Rica: Nicaragua is emerging as the new eco-travel darling of Central America.
In the past two decades, Nicaragua has made concerted efforts to increase peace and international tourism; now, it’s one of Central America’s safer nations for travel, based on 2017’s Global Peace Index.
The Emerald Coast, a 30-mile stretch of unspoiled Pacific coastline and dry tropical forest, is at the forefront of this “new” Nicaragua, breathing economic life into Central America’s poorest country.
Travelers who have pushed past outdated perceptions have been rewarded with pristine beaches and forests, world-class surf breaks, local hospitality and sustainability conscious luxury resorts.
The Emerald Coast is one of the only destinations in the world with 300-plus days of offshore winds, due to its fortunate position between Lake Nicaragua — Central America’s largest lake — and the Pacific shores.
It was an insider secret amongst diehard surfing enthusiasts, drawn to humble fishing villages like Gigante and Popoyo Beach’s world-class waves.

Places to Retire Abroad in 2017

 

For many retirees, the biggest sell is how easy it is to get accustomed to life in Nicaragua. With gorgeous Victorian houses, a steady influx of young travelers, and  a blossoming bar scene, San Juan del Sur is a city that is welcoming and laid back.

And Nicaraguan food is considered to be some of the best in Latin America. What more could you want?

Nicaragua revives Costanera highway project

Article Source: BNAmericas

Photo Source: La Prensa Nicaragua

By Angeles Rodriguez – Wednesday, January 25, 2017

The Nicaraguan government will launch construction of the Costañera del Pacífico highway in the next few weeks to boost the country’s tourism sector, vice president and first lady Rosario Murillo told reporters.

La Costañera Carretera Nicaragua

The 131km highway will stretch from the northern to the southern border of the country, helping connect main tourist areas located along Nicaragua’s Pacific coast, such as the beach resorts of San Juan del Sur, El Naranjo, Ostional, El Coco, La Flor, Marsella, Las Maderas, Majagual, Guacalito de la Isla, El Gigante, Tupilapa, Huehuete, Casares, La Boquita and Masachapa.

All the details regarding investments and providers, as well as the duration of the project, will be disclosed soon by President Daniel Ortega, local press reported.

“We will begin to work on the first stretch of the highway within the next few weeks,” Murillo said. “This project will help us attract investment, create more jobs, and improve the wellbeing of Nicaraguan families.”

LONG-DELAYED PROJECT

The project to build a highway along Nicaragua’s Pacific coast dates back to the administration of former president Enrique Bolaños in the early 2000s, according to local daily El Nuevo Diario.

During its first term, the Ortega administration was planning to award a 20-year concession to build and operate the highway to an Italian consortium. At the time, the estimated investment for the project was US$200mn, according to the paper.

Back in October, after congress approved a law to regulate public-private partnership contracts, the government presented a list of projects worth US$5.2bn that it said would be prioritized for investment, including the Costanera highway.

The list is part of a 2017-2021 investment and development program, which the government presented to local and international investors, foreign governments, and financial institutions.

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