Nicaragua - People and places

The safest country in Central America - Why?

Plaza de la independencia en la ciudad de Gran...
Plaza de la independencia en la ciudad de Granada (Nicaragua) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The Lonely Planet Guide has just named it's Top 5 Destinations to Visit in 2015.  Not surprisingly, Nicaragua continues to pile up accolades and is #4 on the list, ahead of Ireland and behind Lithuania.  In addition to the incredible natural beauty and the character of the locals, Nicaragua is also, statistically speaking, the safest country in Central America.  That, of course, might raise some doubtful eyebrows.  However, it is true and very noteworthy.

How did this situation come about?  Note what Ana Quintana, Latin America Research Associate has to say*:

"Studying the Case of Nicaragua

Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua share many problems, the same drug-trafficking route, a colonial legacy of underdevelopment and an agrarian economy, 1980s-era conflict and insurgency, as well as weak governance. Unlike the other three countries, however, Nicaragua has so far been immune to high levels of violence. Security strategies adopted during the post-conflict period of the late 1980s and early 1990s paved the way for Nicaragua’s exceptional conditions. Partially because of community policing programs and a demilitarization of domestic security forces, Nicaragua has some of the lowest crime and murder rates in the region. Of tens of thousands of unlawful Central American migrants in 2014, only 194 were Nicaraguan. Although Nicaragua has significant progress to make in democratic governance and economic development, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras should replicate Nicaragua’s successful police reform policies wherever possible."
Putting politics aside, Nicaragua is a great place to visit (and to live if that is what you are investigating)!

*Quote taken from this link.

Costa Esmeralda Airport Begins Construction | Live & Invest Overseas News

Nicaragua's Costa Esmeralda Airport Begins Construction

Nicaragua's international Costa Esmeralda Airport recently became one step closer to becoming reality.
Located near the luxury Mukul Beach, Golf & Spa resort on Guacalito de la Isla, one-and-a-half hours south of Granada and forty-five minutes north of San Juan del Sur, the airport will feature a 1,500-meter long runway, an international terminal, a control tower, and custom and immigration offices.
Corporacion del Sur SA is building the US$12 million project, benefited by tax exemptions from the Nicaraguan Institute of Tourism.
According to El Nuevo Diario, the director of promotions and marketing for the Nicaraguan Institute of Tourism, Ana Carolina Garcia states, "'These flights, whether they be domestic or international, will increase over time, and a lot more people with high purchasing power will come to these sites, which will help investment in our country." In 2014, Nicaragua anticipates collecting US$440 million in tourism revenue. The director of marketing and public relations for the resort, Claudia Silva, claims the airport's construction will directly provide 100 construction jobs and 28 permanent jobs once it is open and operational. Furthermore, other jobs will spin off as a result of increased tourist traffic to the area, according to Silva.
The airport is expected to be complete in one year.

Carne asada

A Nicaraguan stronghold is 'la fritanga', a species of Nicaraguan fast food available on sidewalks throughout Nicaraguan cities and pueblos. There you will find carne asada (beef, chicken, pork), fried cheese, gallo pinto (that perfect mix of rice and beans), enchiladas (a la Nica), fried ripe plantains and tajadas (fried green plantains, a latin american version of potato chips) and many other delicious treats. Don't expect it dirt cheap...that plate cost C$85 ($3.25) but its a hefty portion of Nica cuisine that's sure to fill the largest appetite! Ummm!


This time of year this tree, called Malinche, flowers into some of the brightest orange flowers you have ever seen. Actually, by July these flowers are almost gone so I wanted to share them with you.

This tree, named the Delonix regia, is nattive to Madagascar but can be found in many parts of the world. You'll see a lot of them here in Nicaragua. - English - Spanish

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