Massive Coastal Road Announced Along Nicaragua’s Pacific Coast

Posted by Adam McGeehan on Jan 30, 2017 2:38:08 PM

A major infrastructure project has just been announced by the Nicaraguan government. Earlier this week, Rosario Murillo, the country’s vice president, announced that construction would begin on a major coastal road along the country’s Pacific coast. It is expected that president Daniel Ortega will make an announcement later this week solidifying that the road construction will begin.

The proposed road would run along the Pacific coast of Nicaragua, connecting major tourism centers. The road will begin in Masachapa in the center of the country, directly west of Managua. The road will run south along the coast, all the way to Punta de Naranja, located on Nicaragua’s southern border with Costa Rica.

 The road will be connected to two international airports, the Augusto C. Sandino international airport in Managua, and the international airport in Liberia, Costa Rica. In total, the road will be 138 kilometers (86 miles) long and will come with a cost of $120 million.

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The project was originally proposed almost 2 decades ago by the Bolaños government. However, at that time funding was not able to be acquired, and the project never made its way to fruition.

 Ms. Murillo had this to say about the project, “We will start working on the first stretch in the coming weeks. President Ortega will present full details of this project soon, which will attract more investment, work, and well-being to the families of Nicaragua.”
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Not only is this road great news for the families of Nicaragua, it is also great news for Gran Pacifica. This road will allow tourism along Nicaragua’s Pacific coast to expand greatly. And as the road goes as far north as Masachapa, which is a short drive from Gran Pacifica, this will likely increase tourism to Gran Pacifica as well.

 One major feature of the road is that it will be connected to the international airport in Liberia, Costa Rica. This will work to encourage tourists in Costa Rica to head north to Nicaragua, where they can enjoy the same type of vacation, but for significantly less money.

 This is, of course, the latest of many road projects happening in Nicaragua. The Old Road to Leon, which is the main roadway that people take to get to Gran Pacifica from Managua, was recently redone. In addition, work continues on the final stretch of road to Gran Pacifica, with only a few kilometers left to go. Two more kilometers are already scheduled for paving in 2017.

 This is all excellent news for those who live, rent, own, and vacation at Gran Pacifica. For vacationers and renters, it means easier access to exploring other parts of the country. For owners and residents, it means a rise in property value as the resort becomes more connected to the rest of the country. In addition, this road will no doubt spur greater growth of the tourism sector in general in Nicaragua, which should increase rentals and tourists to Gran Pacifica.

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Adam McGeehan

Written by Adam McGeehan

Adam is a recent graduate of Allegheny College. There he majored in Economics with a minor in Spanish. He has always been interested in traveling abroad and is thrilled to have recently taken up residence in Managua, Nicaragua to work as an intern for ECI Development. He is excited to take in all of the culture of this wondrous nation.

Topics: Tourism in Nicaragua