For years now, the quality of the Nicaraguan infrastructure has been improving. The country has come a long way from dirt roads and spotty cell service. Spurred by initiatives from both the public and private sectors, the Nicaragua of today is a country of well maintained and extensive roads, and excellent, encompassing telecommunications. Much has already been done, and even more is being done to make the quality of the Nicaraguan infrastructure one of the highest in the region. Read on to discover some things you probably didn't know about the quality of Nicaragua's infrastructure.
Nicaragua has seen major improvements in availability of electricity in recent years. In 2009, Nicaragua had an installed capacity for 982 MW of electricity production. By 2014, the latest year that data is available, that capacity had increased to 1,312 MW, a 33% increase in a period of only 5 years. During that same time period, 2009-2014, the number of Nicaraguans who had access to electricity increased from approximately 66% to 80%. This improvement has come as a result of projects both by the government and private institutions. Gran Pacifica, for example, had several miles of electrical wires installed to get electrical access to the resort. As a result of this, many in the surrounding area now have access to electricity.
Nicaragua has engaged in many projects to improve the quality of their roads infrastructure in recent years. In 2013, the Nicaraguan government spent $128 million on the paving of 220 km of new roads, as well as the maintenance of 1,100 km of existing roads. In 2014, the Nicaraguan government, in conjuncture with the Central American Bank for Economic Integration (BCIE) allocated $38 million to rebuild 35 miles of highway between Rio Blanco and Mulukuku, which would create a modernized ocean-to-ocean road linking Nicaragua’s two coasts.
The Augusto C. Sandino International Airport, located outside of the capital city of Managua, is the international airport for the country of Nicaragua. It has been ranked as one of the safest in Latin America, and has connections to 15 international destinations on a daily basis. Nicaragua also has 3 national airports, located in Bluefields, Puerto Cabezas and Corn island.
Within the past year, Nicaragua has seen the introduction of two new national airports, the La Paloma Airport located on the island of Ometepe, and the Costa Esmeralda Airport, located along the southern part of Nicaragua’s Pacific coast, near the town of Tola. Costa Esmeralda will connect with the Liberia International Airport in Costa Rica, allowing for easier access of international flights to the southern Pacific coast of Nicaragua.
Nicaragua is provided telecommunications services largely by two companies, Movistar and Claro. These two companies provide cell service to the majority of the country, meaning that you will almost never be without cell phone service. Most the non-rural areas have access to 3G, including at Gran Pacifica. In the beginning of October of this year, Claro announced that it would begin offering 4G service in Nicaragua’s 4 main cities: Managua, Esteli, Leon and Matagalpa. Earlier this month, Movistar made a similar announcement that it would begin offering 4G service in Managua.
The quality of Nicaragua’s infrastructure has seen almost constant improvements over the past few decades. Heavy investment, both public and private, has been implemented to increase access to electricity, high-quality telecommunications, reliable and extensive road systems and international and domestic airports. Come to Nicaragua and experience for yourself this amazingly well-connected country.