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Caribbean Coast and the Islands

Nicaragua’s Caribbean coast is distinctly different from the rest of the country. Geographically, the mountainous range in the middle of the country flattens out and is covered with lush vegetation, tropical rainfall from May to December and beautiful Caribbean coastline. Culturally, it is just as different; a British colony from 1687 to 1894, the most common language is English; the population is mostly the African-influenced Miskito indigenous group; the culture is more similar to Caribbean culture than that of the rest of Nicaragua.

 

Bluefields is Nicaragua’s main port town and the most visited tourist point on Nicaraguan’s Caribbean coast, mainly for travelers interested in visiting the Corn Islands. Flights run regularly from Managua to Bluefields; the land route involves a boat and partially unpaved road trip taking up to 12 hours. Recently rebuilt after Hurricane Joan destroyed this coastal town, there are no swimming beaches and the water is murky. The highlight of Bluefields is truly the culture and nightlife, which is full of reggae, calypso and soca rhythyms. The economy is based on seafood: shrimp, lobster and deepwater fish. If you are in the area in May, don’t miss the week-long festival, Mayo-Ya!

 









By Dyani Makous
Dyani Makous has a B.F.A. in writing and a minor in Photography from Emerson College. She is currently living in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua, working...
28 Sep 2009

The Corn Islands

Little Corn Island

122518The words unspoiled paradise have never been so appropriately applied as to when used in reference to Little Corn Island. It's a place of phenomenal beauty, where coconut trees sway in the gentle ...
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Nicaragua

Big Corn Island

Fifty miles east of Bluefields, on the Atlantic Coast, Big Corn Island is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Nicaragua. Travelers come from all around to dive and snorkel in the ...
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Nicaragua

Places on the Caribbean Coast

Puerto Cabezas

135511Urban population: 30,000. Tel code 279. Altitude 8m Puerto Cabezas is a sweltering backwater on the Caribbean coast, and political and economic capital of the RAAN, the North Atlantic ...
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Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua

Waspám and Río Coco

135728The peaceful town of Waspám lies in the heart of Miskito territory, pretty much as far off the beaten path as possible. Its name in Miskito language may come from was-pana, meaning river with trees, ...
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Waspám and Río Coco, Nicaragua

Bluefields

A few years ago a European NGO decided to build Bluefields a badly-needed road connection to the outside world. But when they called a meeting with the city's elders to discuss the project's ...
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Bluefields, Nicaragua

El Rama

Although you won’t find many foreign travelers there, the small town of El Rama plays a significant role in Nicaragua’s trade route as well as offering an affordable means of transport between ...
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El Rama, Nicaragua

Laguna de Perlas

Forty miles north of Bluefields, is a relatively undiscovered cultural enclave. Pearl Lagoon is a small, tranquil, clean village with friendly natives, which is suitable to a wide variety of ...
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Laguna de Perlas, Nicaragua

Kakabila

Kakabila, NicaraguaNeisy\'s Guest House, one minute\'s walk away from a sandy beach, is the place to stay when visiting the beautiful and tranquil Miskitu Indian village of Kakabila. Neisy\'s Guest ...
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Kakabila, Nicaragua

Corn Island

143360Paraiso Beach HotelIts a great place, good food and beautiful snorkelling trips! ...
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Corn Island, Nicaragua

Places to stay on the Caribbean Coast

Elsa's Sweet Breeze

Elsa's is one of three similar budget hotels along this beach, and probably the best known. Rooms are basic but clean. Expect a mosquito net, double bed, hammock and, in most cases, a private ...
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Nicaragua

Arena Beach Hotel

($75.00-$115.00) If you’re looking for the ultimate in comfort and convenience, head straight to Arena Beach Hotel, located on the Southwest Bay. The hotel has its own private white sandy beach ...
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Nicaragua

Casa Canada Hotel

($75.00-$109.00) Composed of 17 cabins and four rooms, Casa Canada’s resort offers luxury that feels like home. Each cabin contains a king-sized bed, a private bathroom with 24-hour hot water, a ...
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Nicaragua

Hotel J

($12.50-$25.00) Conveniently located at the North End of the island, next to Brisas Mar, Hotel “J” is a good deal for the budget traveler who prefers a room with air-conditioning. All rooms ...
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Nicaragua

Hotel Beach View

($10.00-$35.00) This popular backpacker spot sits on stilts just a 15-minute walk north of the dock. The large deck is stocked with plenty of chairs and tables and overlooks the ocean, where the ...
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Nicaragua

Hospedaje Velasquez

The cheapest hostel in town, Hospedaje Velasquez, is not for the faint-of-heart. This farm-style hostel is full of simple rooms, equipped with a single bed and a fan. If you need to wake up early, ...
Hotel
El Rama, Nicaragua

Hotel Costa Verde

If you’re spending the night in El Rama and looking for something comfortable, Hotel Costa Verde is a great find. The most inexpensive room is $11.00 per night for a single bed, with a ...
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El Rama, Nicaragua

Roy’s Café

A small, family-owned café, Roy’s is the perfect place to sit outside and enjoy a cup of coffee while listening to Latin music and watching people pass. There is also a clean, spacious indoor ...
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El Rama, Nicaragua

Green Lodge Bed and Breakfast

Located in the ‘First of May’  neighborhood on the north side of Enitel, the Green Lodge Bed and Breakfast has a family feel, a quaint atmosphere, and clean rooms. The most economic option ...
Hotel
Laguna de Perlas, Nicaragua

Casa Blanca

One of the most accommodating and comfortable places in Pearl Lagoon is Casa Blanca, located 100 yards north of the Municipal Stadium. They offer Internet service and tours, as well as the option ...
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Laguna de Perlas, Nicaragua

Puerto Cabezas Hotels

There are a few nice hotels as well as some acceptable hostels and cabins in town. Wherever you go, be prepared to share the garden or yard with chickens and dogs, beneath lines of drying laundry. ...
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Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua
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