Beach Property List

I have listed the announced and existing developments on the "Pacific Coast" of Nicaragua. I will ask that if members know of any additions or corrections; please advise me by posting a comment to my blog.

Alphabetical Order - Pacific Coast

#01 - Arenas Beach

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Arenas Beach Resort is located in La Redonda Bay and Pie Gigante in Tola. Planned development includes a marina, residences, condo-hotels, and recreational areas - all placed artfully within a tourist village.

#02 - Astillero has no development of infrastrucure or buildings underway.

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Phase one of El Astillero Resort, starting in the fall of 2004, consists of oceanfront and ocean view lots, casitas (quaint 2-bedroom homes approx. 1100 sq. ft.), a colonial village (more information to come!) and two-bedroom condominiums. The condos and casitas all have ocean views. The condominiums and casitas come with full kitchens and three-piece bathrooms. All appliances and furniture are included. The prices for the fully serviced lots start at $59,900.00. Fully furnished condos start from $149,900.00. Two bedroom casitas start at $129,900.00 finished and furnished, inclusive of the lot.

Located between Casares and San Juan Del Sur, on the Southern Pacific Coast of Nigaragua, lies the warm bay of Astillero from which pirates disembarked in 1686 to surprise and assault the city of Granada. Today the quaint fishing village of Astillero pays homage to this once turbulent past and the bay is home to El Astillero Resort.

#03 - Bayview Terrace - No Official Website.

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Overview of Bayview Terrace

If you have been dreaming about securing your very own ‘good fortune’ story, or just want a place at the beach at an affordable price, then this is your chance to position yourself for the windfall of profits that may come.

Each unit in this five-unit project consists of two stories, is approximately 1,150 sq. ft., offer an abundance of amenities and are only 300 meters to beach access. Prices start at $189,000.

#04 - Brito Beach - No Official Site.

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Location: Brito Beach is located on the beaches of El Icacal, to the south of Brito river, in the Tola Municipality, Rivas Departement

Description: Territory of approximately 1,000 meters of beautiful beach, mountains and forest areas.

#05 - "Cantamar" Playa Yankee - No Official Site.

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Overview of "Cantamar" Playa Yankee

Cantamar at Playa Yankee offers a great buy and hold opportunity for the medium to long-term investor and an even better opportunity for those that seek a quiet place with a spectacular walking and swimming beach. Situated a short 15 minutes drive south of San Juan del Sur, and only 30 minutes from Costa Rica, this private, gated residential community is perfectly positioned for those that desire the best of both worlds.

#06 - Cumbers de Monte Cristo - (hour from MGA by Transito)

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In a world all its own, Cumbres de Montecristo is located on the beautiful Pacific Coast of Nicaragua. We offer you, not just a beach house, but the opportunity to own a home in a premier oceanfront residential community, where we have addressed every detail to ensure your pleasure, comfort and security.

#07 - El Club del Mar

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For sure the best views you can ever imagine! On a hilltop, overlooking not only the bay, but also Costa Rica, you have the feeling to be in Paradise. El Club del Mar is a high end project designed by the best architects of Nicaragua. The construction is up to all American and European standards where only the most exlusive materials are used. Here we can offer you houses, lots and Condo's. The project has a Clubhouse with swimming pool and a restaurant. Of course a rental pool is available. Isn't it great to have your private holiday home and have a steady income all year! Please contact us...

#08 - Finca Popoyo Resort - No Official Site.

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Finca Popoyo Resort is located in Salinas, Tola. This project will consist of condo-hotel, residential housing, entertainment area, bungalows, gym, spa and townhouses.

#09 - Flor de Manzanilllo Resort - No Official Site.

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This exquisite property offers extravagant views of the flora and beaches located on Manzanillo Bay. The master plan created by Greenplan calls for construction of residencial areas, condo-hotels, apartments, clubhouse, gym, spa and green areas.

#10 - Flor de Mayo - No Official Site.

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Location: Project located on km 36 of Ochomogo-Salinas road, in the area known as Punta Sardinas. Tola Municipality in Rivas.

Description: The property has 100 manzanas and is located 1.8 kilometers from the entrance of the Tola-Salinas road. It has 600 meters of beach. The property is destined to the hotel and residential development. The project plans the construction of 182 units such as Villas and Condos with beach views and some houses with forest views. The hotel area and amenities will be on the beach level.

#11 - Gavalin Villas Resort - No Official Site.

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Location: Gavilan Villas Resort is located around the southern tip of Astillero Bay and consists of 4.66 acres (2.7 mz.) of beach land known as Costa Larga or Gavilan Beach. This property is located to the north of the junction of Ochomogo-Salinas highway.

Description: Property composed of a group of lots known as Gavilán 1 to 10 and Costa Larga 1 to 3. The Gavilan Villas Resort is expected to consist of 22 buildings, each housing two condominium units. The resort will have stunning green paths and landscaping that takes advantage of the natural environment. There are also four swimming pools with palapas or ranchos (covered outdoor areas) with a bar/restaurant. Note: This project has only sold lots and has left the construction process to the owner. The lots are a concession from the Tola Municipality.

#12 - Gran Pacifica - Working on streets, sewers, and started cement-block work on a few "casitas".

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Gran Pacifica: a five star resort community destined to be Nicaragua’s leading upscale hotel and golfing resort. More than 65 leading business entrepreneurs, professionals and wealthy retirees from around the world have already purchased home lots, and this window of opportunity will only be open a short while longer. 80% financing is available making your decision to own here even easier.

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--the first home owners are expected to take up residence at Gran Pacifica in Dec. 2006.

#13 - Guacalito seems to be working on nothing and has no dedicated website. Caveat Emptor

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Overview of Guacalito

Stunning views!! Guacalito de la Isla is the most exotic beautiful beach in Nicaragua. Unbelievable white sand beach situated in a protected bay. Buy a lot here and built your own dream house! Guacalito has 6 meter all weather roads, Bridges, underground electrical! Condo’s now available on manzanillo beach (one of the best surf beaches in Nicaragua). Great investment! At this time all sales in Guacalito are suspended for restructuring of the development.

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GUACALITO HOTEL: (Photo Coming Soon)

The Guacalito Hotel sits high on a hillside bluff above the sea capturing panoramic views of the Nicaraguan coastline to the Costa Rican peninsula. The resort looks out on Guacalito’s private Isla. Always enjoying the whispering cool breezes, its convenient, classy, and yet relaxing elegant twenty rooms offer the highest international standard in hotel keeping. Scheduled to open in the spring of 2005 (Humorous Folks).

MARINA: (Photo Coming Soon)

The Guacalito marina will offer a world-class setting for yachts up to 85 feet. The facilities include fuel dock, launch ramp, repair and supply facilities for twenty slips ranging from 30 to 85 feet. Beautiful view villa lots, casitas and townhomes surround the marina setting. Scheduled completion date is Spring 2005. (2nd Humor).

#14 - Horizonte Azul - No Official Site.

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Horizonte Azul

Horizonte Azul is an affordable development with ocean views located just 15 minutes north of San Juan del Sur and 3 km. from the beaches of Marsella, Majagual & Maderas, home to one of Nicaragua best surf breaks. Lot prices starting at just $35,000.

#15 - Iguana

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Overview of Iguana

The Iguana Golf and Beach resort is the fastest moving luxury development project in Nicaragua. The main developer of Iguana has more than 20 years of development experience and is now building a high class 18 hole golf course ( 7 holes by dec./05 ). Tennis courts, swimming pools, beach club’s, stores, restaurants etc. are underway! There are plans for an airstrip. Lots and condos are going fast, get yours now. Playa Iguana is one of the best surfing and swimming beach’s in Nicaragua and only accessable by boat or ownership in the project. From Iguana you have access to 6 klm. white sand beach.

#16 - Isla Mariana - Little road work done.

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Thank you for your interest in Isla Mariana, a premier beach front community located a little over an hour from the capital city of Managua and only a 20 minute drive to the colonial city of Leon.

The opportunity is now to join over 50 other people who already call Isla Mariana their vacation home and will enjoy the convenience of state of the art facilities such as clubhouse with hotel, restaurant and bar, outdoor pool, tennis courts, theatre room, convenience store, marina and onsite manager. In addition, stay in touch with friends and family through wireless internet access and phone system.

#17 - Los Cielos - No Official Site.

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Overview of Los Cielos

Located next to Marbello development, Los Cielos is another small development of just seven lots overlooking the bay of San Juan del Sur. Lots range in size, starting approximately at 900 m2 and prices start at $90,000.

#18 - Marbello - No Official Website.

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Overview of Marbello Just a short walk from the city of San Juan del Sur, Marbello is small development of 15 lots located on the south end of the bay of San Juan del Sur. Each available lot in Marbello is approximately ¼ acre in size and has a view of the bay of San Juan del Sur. Hurry! Only 4 left! Prices starting at just $65,000.

#19 - Marsela Beach - Resort & Land Sales.

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Close to San Juan del sur, nice lots overlooking the bay. Close to Maderas, nice surfbreak. Only a few left. Lot's start at US $ 65.000

#20 - Pacific Marlin - No Official Site.

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Overview of Pacific Marlin

Pacific Marlin development, located Cliffside on the north end of the bay of San Juan del Sur, overlooks the entire bay of San Juan del Sur as well as Nacascolo Bay. Pacific Marlin offers to its residents a private, gated entrance, paved roads, pool, clubhouses and tennis courts. Lot prices start at just $29,500.

#21 - Paradise Bay - No Official Site.

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Overview of Paradise Bay

A breathtaking, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to own a spectacular ocean view lot just minutes south of San Juan del Sur. Dramatic views of the Pacific ocean, the bay of San Juan del Sur, and south to Costa Rica. Paradise Bay is the dream spot to build a tropical vacation home or to buy and hold for appreciation. Homes built here will be some of the most sought after in Nicaragua. Lot prices starting at $119,000.

#22 - Punta Sur - No Official Site

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Some investors have called Punta Sur the most scenic property in the country, and it’s natural beauty makes a lasting impression on every visitor. At Punta Sur, green hills meet small sandy coves surrounded by beautiful rocks formations and breathtaking cliffs that literally define the most southern shores of Nicaragua’s Pacific coast.

#23 - Rancho Papayal - No Official Site.

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Overview of Rancho Papayal

Are you looking for a piece of property just minutes from beautiful San Juan Del Sur, Nicaraguás hottest new vacation/retirement attraction ? You've found it at RANCHO PAPAYAL. Their panoramic views of both the bays and the Pacific coast are the best in the area. San Juan Del Sur and the surrounding areas are quickly becoming known as the new "Hot spot" of Central America. Plans for a development of approximately 1/2 acres are now available. Your property located in undisturbed natural surroundings with streams and babbling brooks are just minutes from town and the beach! At Rancho Papayal you can enjoy Nicaragua's beautiful sunsets while overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

#24 - Rancho San Jose de los Perros - No Official Site

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Location: Rancho San Jose de los Perros is a residential development and private community located on the Tola-Salinas highway, 30 kilometers away from Tola in the department of Rivas, Los Perros.

Description: Los Perros is a 1036- acre (600 mz) property with beautiful hills and beaches. The property contains 47 lots located on exotic cliffs overlooking the ocean that will be used for future residential development. The lots at Los Perros range in measurements from one acre to 6 acres. The houses will be highly luxurious and will have extreme privacy because of the large spaces between residential houses.

#25 - Rancho Santana

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This stunning 1,700-acre reserve known as Rancho Santana (St. Ann's Ranch) boasts two miles of coastline and three distinct beaches-- Playa Rosada (Rose Beach), Playa Dorada (Golden Beach), and Playa Escondida (Hidden Beach). It stretches along the southern Pacific coast of Nicaragua, just 50 miles from the Costa Rican border.

#26 - Sea Ranch - No Official Website.

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Overview of Sea Ranch

Stretched across 2.5 miles of some of the most beautiful coastline in Southern Nicaragua is SEA RANCH, Here owners enjoy stunning views from every parcel that span this private full service community. With Miles of sandy beach to the north and views of Costa Rica to the south, horse and nature trails beckon you. As an investor in SEA RANCH you have full use of the developments corrals, stables and trails located in The EQUESTRIAN PARK. Also, with the future development of SEA RANCH HOTEL and RESORT Your investment here will prove to be a wise one. Ocean View / Ocean front Parcels Starting at $50,000.

#27 - Sueno del Sur - No Official Site.

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Sueño del Sur is the premier resort development in San Juan del Sur. Convenient and quiet hilltop location, proximity to town and beach, luxury-sized units with unsurpassed ocean views, and world-class architecture.

#28 - Villas de Palermo - No Official Site.

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Location: Project located 1.8 km from San Juan del Sur in the road to La Virgen, in the zone known as Lomas de Palermo. Municipality of San Juan del Sur, Rivas.

Description: The property has 5.7 manzanas, and is 800 mts. from the entrance over the road. The property is destined to the development of Condo Hotel. The project plans the construction of 50 villas in concept of a hotel condominium with a club house and a pool.

#29 - Villas Viscaya - No Official Website.

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Overview of Villas Viscaya Living at Villas Viscaya presents the opportunity to enjoy a deeply satisfying relationship with your home and the local community. Grand views overlooking the Bay of San Juan, charming balconies and quiet hammocks – each play a part in the timeless welcome you will know…only here.

Villas Viscaya offers the convenience of being only a short 10 minute walk to the center of town, together with the most dramatic close up views of the cruise ships as they moor in the bay, the use of all the clubhouse amenities, and the security of a 24-hour gate-guarded private residential community know as Paradise Bay.

#30 - Vista de Cinco Bahias - No Official Site

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Overview of Vista de Cinco Bahias Situated high above one of the most picturesque locations in all of Nicaragua, Vistas de Cinco Bahias offers truly magnificent views of the bays at Majagual, Marsella, Madera, Nacascola, and San Juan del Sur. Re-sale properties starting at $65,000.

#31 - Vista Mar Nacascolo - No Official Site.

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Vista Mar Nacascolo

Situated less than five kilometers north of San Juan del Sur, on the way to the beaches at Marsella, Madera, and Majagual, you’ll find the private sub-division of Vista Mar Nacascolo. This small and private community is home to just 31 lots. Water, roads, and power are all completed here and lots are ready for construction (three homes are already built).


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The link for Montecristo is wrong. It should be Cumbres de Montecristo is just one of the four differant neighborhoods. It was the first one. The other neighborhood are Ceilos, Altos and Costa Azul. OceaNica Golf course will be situated in Costa Azul.


Rancho Bougainvillea

"An Eco-Friendly, Sustainable Development on Southern Nicaragua's Pacific Coast"

#15 - Iguana

#15 - Iguana

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Gran Pacifica article

Seems the folks developing Gran Pacifica aren't done gobbling up real estate. Altho the article has to do with CR, it does talk some about their plans/progress on the Nicaraguan development...

Selva del Mar at Gigante describes a beautifully verdant hillside development about a kilometer from the fishing village at the Pie de Gigante. A couple of kilometers south of Iguana and Rancho Santana. Lots for sale with lots of open space and hiking trails.

Um, well, er...

While I am not skeptical by nature (jejeje), the first thing about your website that stands out is this phrase:

"Selva del Mar Your Dream Home Awaits"

I see lots of lovely artist renditions of what may someday be.

My non-skeptical side tho would wonder aloud if you have curbs/sidewalks/gutters? Or electricity or agua potable? For certain you have some plan for the treatment of sewage, right?

And since your stated "vision" is to be an "eco-resort" perhaps you can share with the rest of NicaLiving just what that "vision" entails and how it relates to the electric/water/sewage issues?

Again, in my non-skeptical mode, I presume you have permission from the alcaldia, Marena, and INTUR for the development of your "vision" of an "eco-resort"?

And, BTW, welcome to NicaLiving!

Selva del Mar

Congrats on your healthy skepticism Padre! Our project has been thoughtfully designed by noted architect, Pepe Tercero (Pelican Eyes, San Juan del Sur). We are just entering the construction phase,and I think you will be pleased with our level of compliance with local regulations. If you contact one of the Managing Partners through our website , he can fill you in on specific infrastructure plans.

knew those renderings looked familiar

Will you be using the strawbale construction, as in Pelican eyes suites?

I like pepes organic planning skills. He did a great job at Pelican eyes.


you need intur's aproval for a developement?

It's a "vision" thing...

Not to my knowledge, Josh. But the website of this "development" claims to "envision being an eco-resort". Any "resort" would fall under INTUR and would need to have approval as such from my friend Raquel, the environmental specialist at INTUR...

You Simply Don't Understand "Eco-Resort".

Miskito Alan &#174

No approval is needed from INTUR to say "Eco-Resort". One can make many websites and say "Eco-Resort" a million times and no approval is needed from INTUR.

Approval from INTUR is only needed when something is actually going to be built as a "Resort".

For example, concerning the proposed project of "padredealyson"; no approvals of any kind are needed from anybody.

No approvals are needed to say any words on any proposed website.


I will take this into consideration...

when I propose a plan, for my proposed website, for my proposed resort community, proposed to be an eco-resort.

ahh "Resort"

the key word. so that would fit under the Tourism incentives.

#28 - Villas de Palermo - No

#28 - Villas de Palermo - No Official Site.

Location: Project located 1.8 km from San Juan del Sur in the road to La Virgen, in the zone known as Lomas de Palermo. Municipality of San Juan del Sur, Rivas.

Description: The property has 5.7 manzanas, and is 800 mts. from the entrance over the road. The property is destined to the development of Condo Hotel. The project plans the construction of 50 villas in concept of a hotel condominium with a club house and a pool. ---------------------------------------------------------------------

This one does have an official website and is actually U/C (there are pics of the houses being built)..

A couple more and a RANT!!

A couple more for you:

Las Fincas de Escamequita is being developed by our own NLer Donn Wilson.

Tola Bay Towers is another of the great website not a single bit of which is reality. They also have a billboard on the crta Norte coming into MGA from the airport, just to make sure you know you need to "buy it fast"!

Now to my rant:


/end of rant...


Forgot Portofino in San Juan del Sur?

I was in unexpectedly in Nicaragua last week. Sooner assured that construction begins next week, to be opened on may 2007! Wait soon for me to post the new pictures of San Juan del Sur and this specific project.

Martin - Please

Miskito Alan &#174

I see everything that is posted on NicaLiving; but, when you post about Portofino, please call that to my attention and I will update all info.


Hey M.A.

when will you be selling 1/4 acre lots on your 3000manzanas on the Atlantic Coast? Its going to be gated right?

"Josh": Wrong

Miskito Alan &#174

On the Atlantic Coast, "manzanas" are apples that we take from the tree and eat or either take one to our teacher.

The standard measurement in all land papers here on the North & South Atlantic Coast is "hectares" and/or "varas" (yards). No measurements of "manzanas" and/or "square meters" are used in legal documents here.

That land is 1,500 hectares (3,600 acres or 2,093 manzanas).

None of that land will ever be sold according to a signed and written family agreement.

The possibility does exist that a hunting & fishing lodge will be developed there on the Rio Coco by "Miskito Alan".

Then, I will certainly be a sponsor on "NicaLiving".

The land already has many gates in an attempt at "cow control". Most of the cows are branded and the different brands are registered with the Alcalde of Waspam. some of the cows have not yet been branded, but, everybody knows their own cows just like everybody knows their own yard chickens.



Miskito Alan &#174

With all of these multi-million U# dollar projects, only 7 have their own website and part of those are just big-fat lies.

#02 - Guacalito seems to be working on nothing and has no dedicated website. Caveat Emptor

Stunning views!! Guacalito de la Isla is the most exotic beautiful beach in Nicaragua. Unbelievable white sand beach situated in a protected bay. Great investment!

At this time all sales in Guacalito are suspended for restructuring of the development.

Hotel & Marina to be ready Spring-2005. LOL!

(Bold emphasis added by Miskito Alan.)


Heh Heh...

Oh have me baffled so often but MA you are the best activist ! Maybe I will look at the Atlantic Coast for "retirement" after experiencing the "west"...sounds a bit like similar life experience here...and why do you have to remind me ? This is so incredible ! "They" follow me everywhere...I'm doomed.

And the Atlantic Coast?

I get the distinct feeling that MA is purposefully trying to highlight the Pacific Coast in a shameless display of selfish desire to keep the Atlantic Coast to himself. I could be wrong though. What gives MA?

Matt: - For Myself?

Miskito Alan &#174

You are correct about keeping the "Atlantic Coast" from becoming a "Circus" even though we do have the moneys and tigers here.

I'm keeping the land for people like me and you and I can certainly fix you up any time.



Thanks MA. U da Man! I just may have to take you up on that. The west coast does seem to be getting a bit out of hand, but I guess they call that progress ;-)


Thanks for reminding me why I live in Esteli, not the Pacific.

what about MINE!!!

How could you forget MY development? OK, so I don't have a website but that costs money and would eat into my astronomical and obscene profits! And I don't want to get caught in the trap of actually having to sell SOMETHING ~~ you're supposed to buy the DREAM damn it all to heck!!

It was nice of you tho to post all of my competition in one location so that we can fleece the -- strike that -- so we can more easily reach our target audience of pi -- er, savvy investors.

And also people can compare and contrast MY development with the rest. MINE is SO GOOD, I don't even NEED a website nor all those fancy drawings of what you are buying but will never see!!!!!

Remember, send ME hundreds of thousands of dollars (or euros) and I will build the development of YOUR dreams... soon. real soon...


Heres a small Handfull

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Haciendas de Granada

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Norome Sunset

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more more more

A few more of my competition:

Cumbres de Monte Cristo

the development side of Pelican Eyes

Calvet has many "projects" -- some listed above, many not listed (or easily found anywhere except on the Calvet site).

Speaking of Pelican Eyes, The unmentioned cost

Next time someone stays there ask them what the average fees are for Electricity, Water and other utilities on the owned houses. I can't recall the pice so I wont say numbers, but it was EXTREMELY high.


When we were there a couple of weeks ago, I overheard some aussies discussing the $500 or so per month "management/utilities" fees. They thought they were high.

I don't actually know the real amount, just what was being said around me. That whole place scares me (tho I love the view!) -- especially looking at the 9 foot long vertical crack in the wall behind the bar! Makes one wonder what happens when the next 6+ quake hits?

Monthly Fees - Pelican Eyes

Miskito Alan &#174

A 70+% occupancy rate:

Are there any fees for ownership?

Electricity and other utilities, insurance, taxes, maintenance and resident fees total approximately $575 per month. These fees are similar to monthly condominium fees: they cover grounds- and house-keeping, security, domestic services and regular maintenance of the property. They also include access to hotel resources (swimming pool, internet service, etc) for both owners and renters. We make every effort to keep these fees as low as possible, and use the hotel’s leverage to lower costs even more with suppliers. We expect these costs to remain constant, with adjustments for inflation over time.

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I took the tour

Not that I have that Kind of money, but I thought it would be interesting to see the houses.

Nice little vaction setups, fun floor plans, but deffinitely not worth that kind of money.

You Miss the Point

Miskito Alan &#174

You don't actually live in Nicaragua.

You live in Jacksonville.

You take the U$269,000 from under your mattress or from the bank.

You don't earn any interest either place anyway.

You buy the townhouse and get a 7% return on the money.

Caveat Emptor: Is the 7% return before or after you pay the U$575/month.


News article: Mind who ur buying and if its confiscated land

IN THE 1980s, Daniel Ortega headed a government of former leftist guerillas, and one of his cabinet ministers pummeled the right wing with such vigor that an opponent took to calling him "Attila the Hun." Now, the two men are talking up the benefits of tourism and real-estate development. With tourism up 20% last year, Nicaragua is styling itself as a cheaper alternative to Costa Rica. But while the country is putting out the welcome mat for American tourists, there's an unlikely group intertwined in the growth push: the Sandinistas -- from the Iran- Contra days -- who a quarter-century ago were railing against Yankee domination. Since being voted out of office at the national level in 1990, a number of Sandinistas have become developers and business impresarios. Eduardo Holman, for instance, is a former Sandinista official who once helped run a program that confiscated land around San Juan del Sur. Now he's the mayor, involved in developing the town, a fast-growing beach resort. For visitors, the draw in Nicaragua is beautiful beaches and cheap accommodations. But comparisons with Costa Rica go only so far. Poverty is severe; it's the second-poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere, trailing only Haiti. Nicaragua is bitterly divided politically -- it is now governed by a center-right party though the Sandinistas still hold sway over top institutions. Many Nicaraguan courts, for example, which are still controlled by Sandinistas, are unreliable, raising risks for foreign investors dealing with property rights. Yet there's a surprising degree of consensus on the need to use tourism as a lever for development. Growth rates have begun to pick up in the past few years in large part because of tourism. Even Mr. Ortega, who has traded in his fatigues for a black leather jacket but is still referred to as "comandante," calls tourism and real-estate development "something to be welcomed." "The revolution was not a mistake, it was a feat," Mr. Ortega said in an interview at Sandinista headquarters in Managua. "The time when the United States controlled Nicaragua is over. . . . Now, we are completely open to Americans, retirees or anyone who wants to visit." Of course, even leftists normally welcome tourism and the dollars that it brings. Even Fidel Castro's Cuba is a tourist mecca for many European visitors. But in Nicaragua, some party members were corrupt while running the government and are suspected of having used that power to accumulate wealth, including land that will go up in value as tourism increases. For all of Mr. Ortega's talk about development and welcoming Americans, his politics remain largely the same -- including his resolute opposition to the U.S. government. A breakaway Sandinista faction now accuses Mr. Ortega of thuggish rule and has united behind another presidential candidate, a former Minister of Tourism named Herty Lewites, to present a more moderate center-left alternative. Tourism brought in almost $200 million last year, according to the Nicaraguan government, more than any other single industry in its $5 billion economy. In a number of towns -- including well-preserved colonial cities like Granada and Leon (both of which have Sandinista mayors) -- that has led to sharp increases in new businesses and job creation. Nicaragua's rise as a vacation and second-home destination owes something to the explosion of tourism in neighboring Costa Rica, known for its natural beauty and easy accessibility to not-particularly adventurous Americans. That country's success in spurring tourism has convinced travelers and investors that the same thing can happen next door in Nicaragua. Nicaragua has a reputation for violence that has lingered since the Sandinistas fought a war against the U.S.-backed Contras in the 1980s. That violence is a thing of the past. Petty crime remains a concern, but, outside of the urban slums that cover much of the sprawling capital city, safety is no more a problem in Nicaragua than in the other Latin American countries that have managed to draw large numbers of tourists. Meanwhile, in places like San Juan del Sur, property values in many cases have doubled since 2003, and real-estate companies like Century 21, Coldwell Banker and RE/MAX have recently opened offices. San Juan del Sur has all the usual scenes of languor that you would expect in a small tropical town. Wooden fishing boats crawl across a horseshoe bay toward the Pacific, a row of open-walled seafood restaurants curves along a white-sand beach, and brightly painted wood-slat houses line quiet streets. Beneath the sleepy exterior, the town is humming with talk of profits to be made. At Pelican Eyes, the town's first high-end hotel -- opened two years ago by an American ballet dancer turned attorney -- developers, brokers and buyers gather poolside to sip cocktails and talk business. Realtors with propped-open laptops try to sell visitors on "full-service resort communities" with names like Tropical Village and Forests of the Sea. They emphasize that Costa Rica is just 25 miles away, and it's only a five-hour trip to Miami. Though most of these developments have yet to start construction, they promise luxuries like spa facilities and tennis courts, as well as insulation from the usual vagaries of life in a poor country, such as erratic electricity. "We'd gone to Costa Rica several times, but it got too pricey," says Bob Whitlock, an insurance-agency owner from Fort Myers, Fla., who bought two plots for a vacation house. He and his wife, Beth, plan to spend a few months a year in San Juan del Sur and rent their house to tourists the rest of time. Mr. Holman, the former Sandinista official who is now the town's mayor, actively encourages the buyers who are snapping up large swathes of property in and around town and beginning to break ground on luxury hotels, vacation homes and gated-condominium complexes. "I really consider myself more of a businessman than a politician," says Mr. Holman, a gray-haired 56-year-old who dresses in a polo shirt and khaki pants. Mr. Holman's politics are much less talked about in San Juan del Sur than his business credentials. He is from one of the town's major landowning families and, before becoming mayor, he worked on several development projects, many with which his family is still involved. Several miles north, in the town of Tola, Jaime Wheelock, the former cabinet minister in charge of land reform who earned the nickname "Attila the Hun," is working with a group of American investors to develop a resort and condominium complex that will have its own golf course. While the U.S. government's efforts to help topple the Sandinistas were one of the big stories of the 1980s, most of the people visiting or planning their moves to San Juan del Sur ignore politics altogether. Tourists and condominium buyers respond to questions about the Sandinistas with blank stares. "Oh, that whole Ollie North, Iran- Contra thing," says Len Finkel, a visitor from Philadelphia. "We don't worry too much about that." Even the prospect of a Sandinista return to power in the next presidential election, in November, doesn't appear to cause much anxiety. The biggest fear among residents of San Juan del Sur? That the arrival of so many "people looking for the south Florida experience at half the price," as the owner of the Pelican Eyes puts it, will cause colorful Nicaraguan beach towns to look and feel too much like, well, south Florida.

welcome to NicaLiving Carlos . . .

thanks for the link. Can you please edit your post above for copyright best practice (rules, let's call them) that we need to follow here. Thanks!

Doors of hope fly open when doors of promise shut. -Thomas D'Arcy McGee

Copyright law

Not well versed in copyright law but can provide lots of details in patent law. Having said that, my ignorance(inter alia) on copyright law limited me in pointing the source of the above article but due to an inquiry I did provide a soure. Feel free to provide guidelines for properly posting published article to rookies like us.

Regards :)

Point of Law

Miskito Alan &#174

The point of law is moot for me. I don't think that anybody is coming to Puerto Cabezas and haul me anywhere away from here.

That Said: "webtrainer" is correct and we do try to respect and recognize copyrighted material on "NicaLiving".

In my opinion, do not post a lengthy article. Post the pertinent points of info with the link. If a member is interested, the link is available for them to go there and learn more.

Thanks -- Alan.


Someone should beat you with a silly stick.

Can you point us to where this article came from?

Check the wallStreet Journal

Check the wallStreet Journal march 11th weekend edition. In the "pursuits" section.