The Gran Pacifica Beach Resort amenities are many and varied. Imagine playing championship-quality golf in the morning followed by world-class surfing in the afternoon. Then, imagine concluding the day with horseback riding as the sun begins to set. Even if swimming and sunbathing are more your style, the white sand Pacific coast beaches will both soothe and relax.
The 27-hole championship golf course at Gran Pacifica is one of the most challenging and most scenic in all of Nicaragua. The complex is comprised of the Emerald, Ruby and Sapphire nines. Creeks, lagoons and the ocean itself contrast with the emerald green fairways and white sand bunkers.
On the Emerald nine, something may look familiar as you step up to the tee at the par three fourth hole. That's because the logo for Gran Pacifica finds its inspiration here. You'll launch your tee shot right at the Pacific; the green lies right along the shore.
The Ruby nine includes a dramatic split fairway at the sixth. This sharp dogleg left demands multiple strategic decisions. A wayward tee shot will find the massive sand bunker in the very center of the fairway. The ninth fairway is guarded by towering Guanacaste trees on the left side.
The Sapphire nine is the "wilder" layout of the three. Make sure you've got your driver working as you step up to the first tee because 555 yards of par five terrain await from the back tees. At the fourth, there's an even longer par five; it can stretch to 590 yards.
Fortunately, Haugen Design has given golfers four sets of tees from which to choose on all three nines. Holes seven and eight are more difficult simply because the oceanfront views are so distracting. The par three seventh meanders along a cliff high above the Pacific. The par four eighth features a green set out on a treacherous point of land lurching into the ocean.
World Class Surfing
Intrepid surfers of all skill levels are increasingly descending on Gran Pacifica's 3.5 miles of beaches for consistent, thrilling swells. Still, this is a relatively lightly used surfing Mecca. The main swell period runs from March to November, but surfing is a year-round pastime here.
Four-time world surfing champion Frieda Zamba weighs in on the surfing here when she suggests that Gran Pacifica's beaches offer surfing on par with that found on Bali. For both beginners and those returning to the sport, Gran Pacifica offers lessons. Surfing lessons are another of the amenities at Gran Pacifica.
Other Gran Pacifica Beach Resort Amenities
Another of the unique amenities at Gran Pacifica is horseback riding. The resort maintains its own stables on-site. Volleyball courts are also offered here. Any beach dwellers wanting a change of pace can head to the resort's fresh water swimming pools. Active residents can always conclude the day with a profoundly relaxing ocean-side massage.
The Gran Pacifica lifestyle offers endless choices on a daily basis. Swimming, surfing, golfing, volleyball, and riding are among the options. Of course, doing absolutely nothing is an art in and of itself, and it is perfectly acceptable in this beautiful oasis.