Just how good isÂ Nicaraguan surfing? Four-time world surfing champ Frieda Zamba suggests that the waves coming into the Gran Pacifica beaches are comparable to those in Bali. Better yet, this stretch of Pacific coastline is still relatively undiscovered by surfing enthusiasts. The nature of the swells is such that even beginners can start out here. Gran Pacifica even offers lessons.
Consult with the knowledgeable and friendly staff at Gran Pacifica Resort for the latest on surfing conditions. The resort is located on Nicaragua's Pacific coast where the surfing is often ideal from November through March.
Nicaragua's Pacific coastline is still largely pristine in nature. Miles and miles of beautiful white sand beaches are perfect for tanning, shelling, swimming and other beachfront activities.
Golf in Nicaragua is like surfing in that great experiences await that most have not yet discovered. Still, some well-known golf course architects have come to Nicaragua to work with a landscape that, in the right locales, is perfect for championship resort golf. For example, Tommy Haugen has designed 27 holes atÂ Gran Pacifica Beach and Golf Resort. Ocean views abound at this beautiful layout. Volcanic sand bunkers add a distinctly Nicaraguan feel to the links.
Closer to the capital of Managua is NejapaÂ Golf & Country Club. This is a storied club whose history goes back to 1940. It was closed for a time, but it has now been open since 2001. Near theÂ Costa Rican border on the Pacific side of the country is GaulacitoÂ Golf Course in Rivas. The Hacienda Iguana Golf course is not far from Gaulacito in Tola.
The arrival of resort golf in the country has also meant that golf villas and custom golf course estates are being constructed as well.
That volcanic sand in the golf course bunkers emanates from one of the most impressive chains of volcanoes anywhere. Fifty volcanoes are found in Nicaragua, and seven of them remain active.
One that is not active is Apoyo. It is a volcano that is now home to the largest of the 14 crater lakes found in the country. The volcano's expansive crater is home to 145 bird species, white-face monkeys and howler monkeys.
Hikers and climbers alike enjoy the adventures afforded by the volcanoes, many of which rise abruptly from the flat plains along the ocean. Photo enthusiasts and nature lovers of all kinds will not grow weary of the endlessly dramatic vistas.
In 2009, Nicaragua was named by Forbes magazine as one of the top international destinations for retirees, citing the amenities, relaxed pace and low cost-of-living. In fact, Americans may find that the cost of living runs as much as 60-percent less than back in the states.
In just these few paragraphs, the varied and eclectic pleasures offered by this Central American country become evident. The staff at Gran Pacific calls Nicaragua home, and they welcome your questions about the country and the opportunities to retire here, vacation here, orÂ purchase a second homeÂ here.