After a comfortable, 45-minute drive starting in the bustling metropolis of Managua, my group and I arrive at the main entrance to Gran Pacifica Beach & Golf Resort. We are greeted by two security guards who recognize my colleagues as regulars. A patch of land squared away for growing a small forest of teak trees greets me near the resort entrance. Continuing our journey, we pass by several horses, some in stables and others trotting around fields or lounging in the shade.
In a few minutes we reach the main development. There are Spanish colonial-style homes of all shapes, sizes and designs. Many are fully constructed, with lush gardens surrounding them and lavish pools occupying the backs. Others are in various stages of construction; it seems like there are houses popping up out of the ground wherever I turn. I am particularly drawn to a group of off-the-grid homes. With solar panels hidden on the roof and second-floor balconies sporting French doors that harness the natural breezes of the resort, these houses are a beautiful fusion of Spanish colonial design and modern ingenuity. Several of these solar homes are completed, and several more are underway.
Beyond the homes, we arrive at the heart of the resort, the hotel. This is located adjacent to the beautiful Nicaraguan beach, and offers many amenities; the resort offices have shelves of books for those residents who enjoy curling up next to the tropical ocean with a good piece of literature, and the resort’s general store carries many necessities, from swim trunks to cooking oils. Lush shrubbery and flowers surround and intermingle with the hotel. Ending up at the Sea Salt Restaurant, we recline in picturesque outdoor seating in a canopy style building overlooking the tropical ocean. Between the restaurant and the water is an infinity pool, which a few residents are enjoying.
A tour of the rest of the grounds follows. Farther up the property, about a mile away from the hotel, I find a secluded and beautiful Nicaraguan beachfront, complete with a palapa and a security guard. I can see surfers in the distance gliding along the waves. We as well visit a scenic outlet of land, with a 180-degree view of the tropical ocean, the future site of an amphitheater and a park. We pass by several holes of the lush, expansive golf course. I am also given a tour of the horse stables, which will soon be renovated and expanded.
We return to Sea Salt and sit down for a meal. I order shrimp in a three sweet pepper sauce as well as a delectably sweet iced tea. Others with me order pasta alfredo, tomato soup and hamburgers; the menu is rather extensive.
After this my journey comes to its end. I make my way back out through all of the Spanish colonial-style condos and homes, both completed and under construction. Again passing the horses in the fields and stables, and once more out the main gate. It was a very relaxing trip that I will make sure to repeat soon.