Nicaragua one of the top value destinations for 2011

Posted by Mike Cobb on Dec 27, 2011 10:49:09 AM

Nicaragua was recently ranked as one of the top ten best value destinations for 2011 by Lonely Planet, one of the largest travel guide book and digital media publisher owned by BBC Worldwide.

According to the website’s recent article, “Nicaragua is quickly becoming one of the most popular places to escape winter. Culture, adventure, sand and surf are all part of its cachet”.

LeonThe article mentions the country offers tourist sites “nothing short of spectacular including hammock-hanging opportunities on the mythically unspoiled Corn Islands, bar-hopping and live music in colonial cities Leon and Granada, and volcano trekking on Ometepe Island”.

Travel journalist Ron Stern, asserted Nicaragua to be an undiscovered paradise, mentioning in a recent article that tourism in Nicaragua has been on the rise in recent years specifically in 2010, when the country received over one million foreign visitors. “It's not hard to see why”, he stated, adding that “with an abundance of sunshine and natural beauty, there are many areas to see and explore that offer travelers an alternative to the usual high-priced destinations.”

Additionally, the Montreal Gazette agrees that now is the time to visit Nicaragua because “this Central American nation offers empty beaches, exotic wildlife, tropical forests and recreational activities - and prices have yet to catch up with neighboring Costa Rica”.

With the sustained growth thus far, the tourism sector will surely surpass 2010 figures, with daily tourism receipts during the first semester of 2011 increasing US$8.81 in relation to 2010, and tourist average stay increasing by 0.5 days.

In the January-August period of 2011, the number of tourist arrivals in Nicaragua reached 752,293, a 3.2 percent growth compared to the same period last year. Tourism receipts during this period add up to US$256.7 million, a 19 percent growth compared to the same period last year.

Source: ProNicaragua

Pictures Courtesy of: INTUR

Mike Cobb

Written by Mike Cobb

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Topics: Tourism in Nicaragua, Activities at Gran Pacifica