Nicaragua Prepares for More Cruise Ship Arrivals

Posted by Adam McGeehan on Apr 26, 2016 11:07:54 AM

Tourism in Nicaragua continues to boom. The newest growth in the industry of tourism in Nicaragua is coming in the form of increased cruise ship arrivals.

Earlier this week, a cruise ship docked in the port of Corinto in the Chinandega district in northern Nicaragua. It had 2,100 passengers on board. Another cruise ship, the Nieuw Amsterdam, also docked in the Chinandega region this past week. The Nieuw Amsterdam carried with it 1,450 passengers, all of whom were excited to get on land and explore Nicaragua. The passengers explored the town of Chinandega, as well as heading in-land a bit to the town of León, a favorite destination for tourists in Nicaragua due to the town’s colonial history as well as its cultural significance.


There is more big news for cruise ships in Nicaragua. The Nicaraguan government has finalized plans to invest over 1 million dollars to improve the port in the southern town of San Juan del Sur. San Juan del Sur currently has a port to receive ships, but it is not large enough to accommodate the numbers of ships expected to be arriving in the town. In addition to expanding the port, the government will also be revitalizing the area, providing new infrastructure to support many new restaurants and artisan shops to greet guests arriving in San Juan del Sur.

All of this is great news for tourism in Nicaragua, which is an area of the country’s economy that is used to receiving good news. Tourism has been growing strongly over the past several years in Nicaragua. In 2000, the country welcomed 486,000 foreign tourists. By 2010, that number had increased 1,011,000. And now in 2016, Nicaragua is expecting to attract 1,500,000 tourists. Tourism in Nicaragua is a big money industry, with tourism related business expected to generate $500 million in revenue for the country this year alone.


For anyone interested in getting involved in this thriving industry, there are some options. Investing in real estate in Nicaragua is a great option. If that real estate is tied to the tourism industry, even better. This is why investing in a second home at Gran Pacifica is such a great investment. The demand for quality, beachfront real estate to be rented out by tourists is always growing, as is evidenced by the massive increase of tourists to the country over the past several years. In addition to all of this, foreign real estate can add much needed diversification to anyone’s financial portfolio.

If you’re an enterprising individual, and would like to get involved in the growing industry of tourism in Nicaragua, investing in a second home at Gran Pacifica might be exactly what you’re looking for.

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Adam McGeehan

Written by Adam McGeehan

Adam is a recent graduate of Allegheny College. There he majored in Economics with a minor in Spanish. He has always been interested in traveling abroad and is thrilled to have recently taken up residence in Managua, Nicaragua to work as an intern for ECI Development. He is excited to take in all of the culture of this wondrous nation.

Topics: Tourism in Nicaragua