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.
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Nicaragua’s unparalleled natural beauty is hiding in plain sight according to Luis Carlos Lopez, a Nicaraguan writer for What’s Up publication. Whether you’re interested in scaling volcanoes, relaxing on a beach or visiting one of Nicaragua’s unique islands, discovering the incredible culture and heritage of the country, or chasing waterfalls, Nicaragua will not disappoint. The region’s visitors are taking notice - quickly developing the country into one of the most popular destinations for tourists. However, the uptick in industry will soon drive up the cost of visiting, so now is a good time to plan your trip!
In fact, the Nicaragua Tourist Board has been recognized for this success at the Experience Latin America conference in London last month. The Board was awarded the Latin America Achievement Award for “Sustainable & Responsible Tourism” in recognition of its “good practices of sustainability with all the sectors of the tourist industry.” Nicaragua contains 7% of the world’s biodiversity, establishing it as, truly, one of the most valuable environments in the world.
In the vein of responsibility, Gran Pacifica’s continuous dedication to improving the lives of the people in Nicaragua has reached a new milestone. The resort is celebrating its largest and most successful project to date. A partnership between Gran Pacifica, the Managua-Tiscapa Rotary Club, and the NuView IRA organized the donation of 270 wheelchairs! Gran Pacifica has continued this good work by also opening the Roberto Clemente III Clinic, the first of its kind in the area.
Actress Malin Akerman might be more well known for her work in The Heartbreak Kid, 27 Dresses, or Couples Retreat but she has also been busy in Nicaragua! Akerman has dedicated much of her time to Escuela Emprendedora, a technical high school in Granada that emphasizes sustainable agriculture. This effort stems from her childhood dreams of one day working as child psychologist and “transform schools so that kids have a safe place.”
Visitors come to Nicaragua for a plethora of reasons, whether that be service, vacation, or some combination of both. For instance, Pam Leblanc, a writer for Austin360, will be visiting Nicaragua for one of its incredible surfing opportunities. After visiting NLand Surf Park in Austin, Texas, Leblanc decided to “learn to surf for real,” at the all-women’s surf camp, Surf With Amigas.
Costa Rica’s new surfing champions have been crowned! Congratulations to twelve-year-old, Nicaragua-native Valentina Resano for beating out 179 competitors from all over the region to earn the title of 2017 National Surfing Champions along with Jason Torres from Jacó, Costa Rica.
In other Gran Pacifica news, our long time friend and business associate, Kent Payne, celebrated two major events; he turned 67 years young and retired from full time responsibilities at Gran Pacifica Corporate offices. He is not going anywhere, since almost a year ago he announced that very soon he would be leaving the day to day work at Gran Pacifica Resort and putting 150% of his efforts into the Playa Pacifica condo building. He will still be an effective ambassador not only for Gran Pacifica, but also for Nicaragua. He will be a part of national and international organizations that will continue to help Gran Pacifica move forward. Since the Gran Pacifica Resort and the Playa Pacifica condos are dependent upon each other, we will continue to work for mutual success.
until next time,
"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