Come visit Nicaragua! You'll be amazed by the geography, the people, the business opportunities, and the culture. This is a bountiful, beautiful, fun and safe country. If you've been to Nicaragua you know this already. If not, perhaps now is the time to experience it yourself.
Nicaragua is a country of contrasts. For example, its west coast is bustling with major cities and towns, and is a general hub of civilization, while the eastern half is hilly and rural, and traveling through it can feel almost like going back in time. Nicaragua’s capital, Managua, has the feel of a modern city, yet just a short, 45-minute car drive away is the colonial town of Granada, a town with a much different vibe.
Nicaragua has many other seemingly contrasting characteristics as well. It is the birthplace of the current pound-for-pound toughest boxer fighting today. Román “Chocolatito” Gonzalez, a native of Managua, recently fought his way to yet another victory, making him a 4-weight class champion. Despite being the heritage of the world’s toughest boxer, Nicaragua is one of the safest countries in the entire Western Hemisphere. It is in fact seven times safer than its northern neighbor, Honduras.
Another interesting contradiction is the Masaya Volcano. Being a volcano, this structure is a thing of brutish power and beauty. It is a testament to the raw, unyielding power of the Earth. Yet it is now also equipped with delicate sensors and complexly connected to the internet. A beautiful marriage of nature and technology, volcanologists can now monitor this volcano with great precision, while at the same time tourists continue to flock to marvel at its awe-inspiring beauty.
One aspect of Nicaragua that offers no contrast, however, is its amazing appeal to tourists. From lovers of surfing to hiking, traditional foods to fine dining, colonial towns to high culture, there is something for everyone in Nicaragua. Surfers are coming to ride the amazing waves, some even testing out experimental, self-shaped boards. The colonial towns of Granada and León are huge draws of culture and history. And for those times when you might feel like staying in and relaxing, Claro, a major telecommunications company in Nicaragua, just introduced the EuroChannel to their offerings. A little taste of home for travelers in this exotic and exciting land.
I’d encourage all of you to come and experience this magical land for yourselves. Enjoy the tranquil, relaxed attitude here, while simultaneously going out and engaging in some of the many thrilling and exciting activities the country has to offer, such as surfing and volcano boarding. If you’re looking for a good place to get ideas on what to do and where to go while in Nicaragua, the Gran Pacifica blog is a great place to start. And of course, Gran Pacifica is an excellent place to stay or just spend a day while in Nicaragua, offering high quality amenities, a wonderful on-site restaurant, a golf course, and a gorgeous, 3.5 mile-long beach.
I look forward to seeing you all down here sometime very soon.
Until next time,
Chairman and CEO
~ Testimonials ~
"Michael Cobb, you have truly brought ethical behavior to an elevated level. Nine years ago when I was negotiating with you on lot 84A I asked about the houses in the area in front of us and you replied we were the first lots in our area that were permitted to have two stories . That was important to Tom and I as we wanted to preserve our view. Last year when the lot across the street was resold and building plans started, I asked Kent Payne to check and see that only a one story house was allowed on the lot. To my surprise, this was not the case. I prayed they would not build a two story house. Yesterday Tom was informed by Kent that as the house plans on the lot across were of the two story variety, you had offered to trade their lot for a more expensive and valuable lot in order to honor your word! The Cinco Amigos thank you for your ethics in a country in which many other developers have taken the easy way to their own destruction and to the harm of many others. You have raised the bar and we all appreciate your honor. I am proud to be associated with Gran Pacifica and with you."
Connie Orlandini, Gran Pacifica Property Owner
"ECI is just a solid, wholesome company. You meet the founders, and the people, and they're just happy. You know anything Mike Cobb tells you, you can take to the bank. It's like your brother telling you, or even better. This is my first trip to Gran Pacifica, and it just feels like home the moment you get here. Very comfortable, just like old time United States. It has the sense of community that people lost in the US, and I think that's the most important thing. You really can't put a dollar value on it, but you know it when you see it, and it's here.
Coming from a construction background, I can see that everything here is built to last, and there are a lot of little details that were thought of. Looking at the growth here, it really seems to be a solid investment, and it's also just such a great atmosphere. It's hard to put words to. It's really the whole mix of things, trustworthy, common sense people, great climate, real community, and sensible growth. Mike Cobb is a person with a dream, and he's really making that dream happen here. That's something you don't find every day."
John Fultz, ECI Shareholder