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Far Northwest Nicaragua Submitted by Redwood Beach on 31 January, 2008 - 10:54. Mike and Stacy live in Mechapa, a small fishing village on the Pacific Ocean. It is located roughly 13 km North of Estero Padre Ramos and about 20 km Northwest of Volcan Cosiguina. We have lived here since October, 2006, and are pretty familiar with the area. There are many road improvements going on along NIC 12, and we have seen quite a lot of interest in the area. For a better look of our specific area, check out http://maps.google.com/maps?t=h&hl=en&ie=UTF8&ll=12.83605,-87.584386&spn... We have nine cabanas, a circular restaurant/bar, and our main house. The main road in Mechapa is to the right of the map. We love this area and welcome any inquiries!

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The road from Chinandega to Mechapa

Here's your construction update! The road work is continuing from El Congo to the intersection of Cosiguina/Potosi. It's pretty amazing what they've been able to do in such a short time. Pavement is completed in many sections and what used to be a very bumpy and long ride from Chinandega is now flat and allows for fast travel. Come visit and check it out! Stacy and Mike Redwood Beach Resort

October 2010

Here's some new, unverified, information on the road from El Congo to Cosiguina, Potosi and Mechapa.... Several locals have indicated that road construction has begun its initial phase...the pavement is expected to continue past the beautiful new road which now terminates at El Congo. We've also received some government reports that work will begin in earnest in November. This will really open up this area to new visitors, so our fingers are crossed (except for the ones wrapped around our Tonas!). Stacy & Mike Redwood Beach Resort Mechapa

NW Nicaragua Travel Information - 7 day

Hello All - Here is a sample itinerary I did for some young guests making their way up to us......

Hi Kara - I talked to Mike and he said that you'd save money and hassle by taking taxi's and/or microbuses instead of renting a car. OK - Here's a sample itinerary... June 9 : Arrive at noon - Take a cab to Zona Hippos to unwind a little. Around 4 pm, take a taxi to Leon (about $50, or go to the Israel Bus Station via taxi and take a microbus - direct service usually with air conditioning - leaves when the bus is full, but it's less than $5 per person.) This takes about 2 hours. Arrive Leon - check into your place (for budget travellers, we like ViaVia with Bart and Veronique, or BigFoot Hostal with Philip. Another option is Los Balcones but you'll need a reservation for that one. Carlos owns it and they sell-out.) June 10: Take a direct microbus or a chicken bus to Chinandega at your leisure. Arrive Chinandega (less than 1 hour). You can take a taxi to one of our fave places - Restaurante Paraiso or Restaurante Buenas Aires - for a nice lunch (killer filet mignon at both - about $8). If you want to walk around a little, go to Jaime's bar Cazadores and he can hold on to your bags while you do so. He is near the Esquina del Bancos, which is a lively area. Tip him $10 and your bags will be safe. Call Guillermo, our best taxi driver at 8869-1387. If you don't have a cell, there are internet places with phone centers or people on the street with pay phones (they're usually in little booths.) Guillermo will take you to Al Cielo with Javier and William. Check into your cabana and enjoy the vista and the cool breezes! June 11: We'll arrange for Javier or William to drive you Jiquilillo to catch our Water Taxi service across the mouth of the Estero Padre Ramos (not sure how much for the boys, but the boat is less than $20 in total). We'll have to wait until the tide chart comes out on the first to confirm the time, but it will probably be around noon. This will be a fun trip, and you can hang out with Tina at Rancho Tranquilo in Jiquilillo until the boat is ready, or at Los Zorros (also owned by a friend, Rudy). We'll pick you up at the Blue House and bring you up to your beach houses. June 12: kayaking? June 13: horseback riding in the wetlands or volcano trip? June 14: Reverse the boat trip, or take Mechapa's chicken bus at 4 am for Chinandega. Get back to Leon, spend another night there, or work your way back to Managua and stay at the Las Mercedes across from the airport and take advantage of their big pool! June 15: Fly out at 1pm (you can walk across the street, check in 3 hours prior, and then scoot back to the Las Mercedes for your final goodbye to Nicaragua.)

Email me back with ANY questions - here to help!! Truly, Stacy

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Fishing and Turtles at RBR in Mechapa

Greetings all! Mike and I have been doing a lot of fishing lately with our captain, Hoel, and it has been amazing. Over the past week, we've caught yellow-fin tuna, mackerel, barracuda, red snapper, rooster fish, and a couple of fish I can't remember the names of (but they were all good eatin'!) On Tuesday, a group of turtles swam by - what a sight to see them in their natural environment. Since we are on the panga, we go to the "point" of the reef, it's only about a mile out right in front of the hotel. We've been eating more sashimi lately, served with wasabi, ginger, and soy sauce - compliments of our friends from Managua. Thanks guys! We have a group coming up Saturday on their Boston Whaler, so we'll let you know how it goes.

Whale Watching in Mechapa!

On Sunday, January 18th, a scant 2 days before my birthday, my family and I had the amazing luck to see a couple whales off of the coast in front of our hotel. We were with 6 clients, and broke out the binoculars and the telescope pronto and had some great views - it was a first for us! We usually see the dolphins along the break this time of year, but this was a great "surprise" birthday gift. Our camera could not zoom far enough for a decent picture, but I know I will always hold this amazing sight in my memory forever. Best to all! Stacy & Mike

Punta Ñata Beaches, Jiquilillo, and El Congo

Hello all and Happy New Year from beautiful Redwood Beach Resort in Mechapa. We have been travelling a little lately, checking out other areas and checking in with our friends in El Congo and Jiquilillo. If you are coming to the area, we strongly recommend stopping in at Hato Nuevo, a new Hotel/restaurant/bar in El Congo. It is located about 300 meters past the El Congo Medical Office and is absolutely beautiful. Be sure to ask for Mariano, the owner. In Jiquilillo, we always stop in to see our friends Tina and Dennis at Rancho Tranquilo. Their warm hospitality and genuineness are never on vacation. And if you are still searching for the last pristine beach in Nicaragua, check us out in Mechapa! Every day Mike and I comment to eachother about how much we love it here and are pleased about our decision to give business a go in Nicaragua. Best regards, Stacy

Parasailing, and things people do when they're not drinking

Hello All - The Season is upon us when things really start to heat up - weather-wise and business-wise. Our 2008 year was amazing, and with the road improvements continuing, we expect 2009 to be even better. This month brought a very special guest to our resort, Dennis, from Honduras (Canada, originally) and he introduced us to parasailing. What an amazing sight to see him catching some air at Estero Padre Ramos. The wind-god was not so kind at Punta Nata, but his reports were still very favorable. We don't know much about this sport, but if anyone has some experience, we'd be more than happy to pass on his contact information. He expects to be returning soon to give it another "go." Our volcano trips and kayaking excursions continue to expand. We are still very thrilled with our decision to move to this beautiful country and as always, welcome any inquiries! Since we are not parasailing or surfing or kayaking right now, we think we'll mix up some of our special fresh coconut blender drinks! Salud! Stacy and Mike (And this week, Mike's business partners, Rob and Linda)

Surfing in July

The road construction continues on NIC 12, and it is working it's way toward the intersection at Cosiguiina - which means that a nice new group of tourists are venturing up this way. Lately, the surfers have moved North and are finding out that we really do have some killer waves here. We've just started, but it's nice to get out there and get beaten up by the Pacific every once and a while! The Millenium Challenge Corporation is still doing their magic distributing plants and helping businesses in the area. So far, it seems to be a good program, but we'll see in a couple years when the fruit trees start to produce. As usual, if you have any questions or need information - we are here!

I also own a lease in

I also own a lease in Machapa and yes there are big plans for that penninsula . It will be interesting to see how the estuary gets developed if at all . Very easy to see jet skis and parasailing going on there . We have a group of over 60 people planning our first beach party on our beachfront property .

Hi - believe it or not, I

Hi - believe it or not, I just saw this! And it's JULY! Wow, I have been here too long.....time is just flying by. When is your party? Are we invited? Did we miss it?

the New NIC 12 Road.

Update on the construction of the road: They've done a great job completing the road all the way to El Congo - paved, with bus stops and plenty of signs to keep you on track (they went a little sign crazy, actually, you'll see.) Past El Congo, the paved road ends, but it very "passable" even with the construction because they have more area to work. We expect them to be at the Cosiguiina intersection soon, which will cut the travel time from Mechapa to Chinandega from over 2 hours (about a year ago) to a little over an hour. Nice!!!

Where Am I?!

I don't know whether it's the road improvements, the weather, astrology, moon cycle, or just plain curiosity, but our little village of Mechapa and secluded area of Venecia has gone a little nuts. Over the past month,we have had a daily stream of visitors from Chinandega, Leon and Managua, the States and Canada, Germany, Sweden and Denmark; coming to "check out the area." As if that wasn't exciting enough, just yesterday, we were at the Point at Estero Padre Ramos and talked to fishermen from Florida (on a spanky, real-life fishing boat) who seemed to have forgotten that being "nice" is always nice, and heckling our Harvard t-shirt wearing guest with Yale rantings won't earn one many points, or friends, no matter where you are or where you hail from. This, of course, leaves us with the dilemma: As this area increases in popularity....can we preserve it's natural beauty, cleanliness, safety and friendliness? I have much more to say. So if anyone wants to tell me to "suck it up, sister!" feel free. Others of similar mind-set welcome as well. Back to the question...Where am I? Montauk or Mechapa?! Stacy (and Mike, in absentia)

Far Northwest Nicaragua

Mike and Stacy live in Mechapa, a small fishing village on the Pacific Ocean. It is located roughly 13 km North of Estero Padre Ramos and about 20 km Northwest of Volcan Cosiguina. We have lived here since October, 2006, and are pretty familiar with the area. There are many road improvements going on along NIC 12, and we have seen quite a lot of interest in the area. For a better look of our specific area, check out http://maps.google.com/maps?t=h&hl=en&ie=UTF8&ll=12.83605,-87.584386&spn... We have nine cabanas, a circular restaurant/bar, and our main house. The main road in Mechapa is to the right of the map. We love this area and welcome any inquiries!