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Nica-tell me the truth please!« on: August 04 2006 22:08:00 »
Hi. I was thinking about going to Costa Rica, but it seems like it is another state of the U.S. How is Nica, does it have the same influx of tourists, commericalism, and loss of culture? Are there places to surf in Nica where I don't need a car, panga, or another means of transportation? What beaches do you recommend from Managua and how do I get there? Any idea on the price of hotels and/or camping near these?
Thanks, I really appreciate any input....
RE: Nica-tell me the truth please!« Reply #2 on: August 07 2006 16:08:00 »
maybe maderas?? i am living pretty budget
RE: Nica-tell me the truth please!« Reply #3 on: August 08 2006 23:08:00 »
Nicaragua is not full tourists, yet. In fact, you see "travelers" and missionaries coming to help build schools or simple help on projects. The culture is still rich; August (religious celebrations) & September (independence celebrations) are good months to experience it. Masaya, Granada (1hour from Airport) and Leon (2 1/2-3 hours) have museums and beautiful historical buildings.
to be continued....
RE: Nica-tell me the truth please!« Reply #4 on: August 08 2006 23:08:00 »
To surf, you need a car.-Rent it and drive to the pacific, Quizala Beach is 1 hour away from Managua, it's close to Masachapa for cheap hotels (Summer Hotel is nice and clean). Also, Papollo Beach in Rivas is awesome, over 2 hours to get there-cheap too.
Get ready to see lots of poverty and kids beging on the street. Don't drive far at night.
The country has been named by the UN as the safest country in Central America-so don't become an statistic..LOL.
GOOD LUCK, enjoy it and eat lots of greasy food!!!!!
RE: Nica-tell me the truth please!« Reply #5 on: August 09 2006 11:08:00 »
Nicaragua is the best place in Central America to go surfing. I have been there 5 times and just got back two weeks ago. Iguana Beach is the place to be. There are two great breaks there, Playa Colorado and Panga Drops. Between the two you can surf all day long!!! The stay at Iguana is terrific. It is a gated community, so the crowd factor is low compared to the rest of Nicaragua, since it's only avaiable via boat if you're not staying there. There are two swimming pools available and a golf course is being built. The beach and surrounding headlands are beautiful. I have been all around Nica and Iguana beach is my favorite. I have plenty of pictures and more information if anyone is interested. Drop me a line at [email protected]