Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Buy an Ocean View Condo in Nicaragua with Litecoin

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The Surf Ranch Hotel & Resort in San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua first started accepting Bitcoin as payment in 2013 to stay at the resort.  Fast forward 4 years later, with the construction of the 2nd Surf Ranch Resort on the Emerald Coast of Nicaragua, the Surf Ranch would like to offer 1 Ocean View Condo in exchange for Litecoin or Bitcoin.

The resort is over 25 acres, and is set to be one of the largest resorts, and only all inclusive resort on the Emerald Coast of Nicaragua.  To date, 4, 4000 sq ft ocean view houses are complete and renting out at the resort, and the 4 story apartment complex is currently going up.  The reception, main pool and front entrance are weeks away from construction, and the condo complex starts construction in a few months.  

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Most of the units have been pre sold, and are still pre selling the condo units at pre sale prices, but not for long.  Once construction begins on the condo units, the prices will raise up to the normal rate.

The Surf Ranch is selling only one Ocean View condo for $89,000 USD or the equivalent in Litecoin or Bitcoin.  The condo is 416 sq ft, and is similar to a normal hotel room, with 2 queen beds or 1 king bed, private bathroom, ocean view patio, mini bar, closet, safe, and all furniture.

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3D model of the finished resort.  The condo complex is in the middle of the resort.


The best part about this investment is that you do not need to pay monthly out of pocket.  The resort and owner of the unit split the rental income 50% each.  The resort pays for all bills and maintenance and everything needed to keep it renting out, while paying you the other 50%.  You will receive monthly rental income, and it can be in Litecoin or Bitcoin, PayPal or USD funds.  You are also able to occupy your unit as long as you like, or rent it out for income while you are not using it.

The Surf Ranch Hotel & Resort is only selling 1 unit in full for Litecoin or Bitcoin, so if you are interested, please contact the resort at sales@surfranchpopoyo.com for an investors kit and sample sales contract, or to ask any questions that you may have.

1st Surf Ranch Resort in San Juan Del Sur - www.surfranchnicaragua.com

2nd Surf Ranch Resort on the Emerald Coast - www.surfranchpopoyo.com

Surf Ranch Resorts on Wikipedia -  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Surf_Ranch_Resorts

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Buy a Condo in Nicaragua for less than $100,000

Buy an Ocean View Condo in Nicaragua for $89,000 USD.

This is your beach, 300 meters away from your Ocean View Condo.



Nicaragua has become the new hot spot to vacation for Americans & Canadians alike.  The attraction to Nicaragua comes from the direct flights, low cost, safest country in Central America, weather, many untouched beaches, and a variety of other factors.

The most popular areas on the rise are located in Southern Nicaragua, which include San Juan Del Sur, and Tola on the Pacific Ocean.  The new Costa Esmeralda airport in Tola, along with the newly paved highway is bringing in more tourists to the area.  Most of the tourists are falling in love with the area, and returning to invest in a place to get into the action before the area booms like San Juan Del Sur just did.  

Tola is booming at a faster pace, with the private sector extending the airport runway, building various hotels, businesses, & malls, while the government sector is installing the new power substation to bring in better power, and also finishing the new coastal highway.

* Just last month, a new sushi restaurant, dentist office and enterprise rental cars just opened up*

1 of the 4, 4000 sq ft ocean view houses on site.  Brand new, finished, and renting out.


Currently, the Surf Ranch Hotel & Resort is building the largest all inclusive resort in Tola, spread over 25 acres, which includes 14 houses, 18 apartment units and 40 condo units, along with various shops, a skate park, large pool with water slides, bars & restaurants, & many activities.  The resort will act as a small city, with everything you need within the resort.




CONDOS FOR $89,000 USD

Over half of the condos and apartment units are sold, 3 houses finished & renting out, while the rest of the resort is under construction.  Some of the rates are still at pre sale rates, which include the condos pre-selling for only $89,000 USD, with 30% down.



The ocean view condos are located in the middle of the resort on the highest elevation, with 180 degree ocean views. The condo complex consists of 40 units. 12 units wide, by 4 stories high. Each row has ocean views, however the view increases on each level. The condo units are 416 sq ft and includes the following amenities.

In the condo unit, there are 2 deluxe queen size beds or 1 king size bed with duvet covers and pillows, along with a sofa chair and bedside table. There is a mini bar, cabinets, a desk & chair, fast wireless internet, phone, flat screen TV with cable and a full closet.

The private bathroom comes with a custom sink, mirror, toilet, cabinet and bathtub/shower with hot water. Air conditioning cools off the room, while the sliding glass screen doors open up to the furnished patio with amazing views of the resort and ocean.


For $89,000 USD, you can own an ocean view condo, that is yours to vacation and use 100% of the year, and you can also decide to let the resort rent it while you are not using it, to receive rental income.  It is currently the best deal you can get in Nicaragua, and will only be at this price for the next few condo units sold.


HOW TO PURCHASE?

If you are interested in purchasing a condo unit for $89,000 USD, you can email the Surf Ranch sales team at sales@surfranchpopoyo.com to get set up with the contract and payment plan, or even to request an investors kit with more information to decide on which unit type you would like to purchase.

You can also visit www.surfranchpopoyo.com for more information.


Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Nicaragua: Vacation only using BitCoin

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Bitcoin and Cryptocurrencies are becoming more popular worldwide, as a new choice of currency.  However, still a lot of people do not know what Bitcoin is or how it works, but with more and more people traveling the world, looking to buy items and services using Bitcoin, we have put together a list of places in Nicaragua that accept Bitcoin.

We will show you below how you can vacation in Nicaragua, by using BitCoin.

Flights

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The first step would be to book your flight to Nicaragua.   Expedia now accepts Bitcoin, so you can enter your dates, choose your flight and pay with Bitcoin through Expedia.

Expedia - www.expedia.com

Surf Ranch Hotel & Resort - San Juan Del Sur

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After arriving at the Managua International Airport, you will need an airport shuttle and a place to stay.  You can book this through the Surf Ranch Hotel & Resort with 2 locations - San Juan Del Sur, and Popoyo.  You are able to book an airport shuttle from the airport to the resorts or between both resorts and even back to the airport.  You can book an all inclusive package, and various activities through the resort, all using BitCoin and other types of Crypto Currencies.

Reserving with Bitcoin at Surf Ranch Resorts - Booking Page here
Surf Ranch Hotel & Resort - San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua - www.surfranchnicaragua.com

Surf Ranch Hotel & Resort - Popoyo

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As of now, the new resort is under construction and is set to be the largest all inclusive resort in Nicaragua.  Currently 4 ocean view houses are complete and the 4 story apartment complex has begun.  You can currently rent the 4000 sq ft ocean view mansions using BitCoin, ranging from $200 - $500 USD per night (depending on the time of year), or the equivalent in BitCoins.

Surf Ranch Hotel & Resort - Popoyo, Nicaragua - www.surfranchpopoyo.com

Catamaran Sailing

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Once in San Juan Del Sur, when staying at the Surf Ranch Hotel & Resort, you can take part in many activities that the resort offers using BitCoin, but you can also get out for the day on the ocean, and rent a Catamaran for you and your friends.  The tours include half and full day tours, and an open bar on board including snacks, beer and rum.  They except Bitcoin directly through their site below.

Nica Sail N' Surf - www.nicasailandsurf.com

Ometepe Island

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Most people make San Juan Del Sur and Popoyo, their first stop when vacationing in Nicaragua, then venture off from there to other locations before returning to Managua for their flight back.  The next popular destination that tourists visit after San Juan Del Sur, is Ometepe Island, which is a large volcanic island in the middle of Lake Nicaragua, and a must visit location in Nicaragua.  Through either of the Surf Ranch Resorts, you can pay with BitCoin for a shuttle to San Jorge, where you would then take a ferry to the island. Unfortunately the local ferry does not take BitCoin, but once on the other side, you can arrange a shuttle and stay with Xalli Beach Hotel who accepts BitCoin.

Xalli - Ometepe Beach Hotel - http://www.ometepebeachhotel.com/rooms.html

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After visiting Ometepe Island, you can take a ferry back to San Jorge, and have the Surf Ranch shuttle drive you back to the airport for your flight home.  By using Bitcoin, you can book a flight to Nicaragua, stay at 3 different hotels, have food and drinks included, a sailing trip and shuttles to and from the airport and resorts.

As more and more places in Nicaragua start accepting BitCoin, we will be sure to update it here.  Also if you have a business or know of a business in Nicaragua that accepts BitCoin, let us know and we will be glad to add it to this post.

Bonus:

If you fall in love with Nicaragua, and decide you would like to buy your own place using BitCoin, it is now possible.   The Surf Ranch Resort in Popoyo is currently under construction and is selling ocean view condos, apartments and houses, and is accepting BitCoin for purchases of the condos, apartments and houses.

Contact sales@surfranchpopoyo.com, for a free investors kit and to get set up with your new ocean view home.  Also you can visit www.surfranchpopoyo.com

Friday, June 2, 2017

Golf Courses in Nicaragua

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When you think of Nicaragua, you do not think of golfing.  However, with tourism increasing yearly,  golfing is getting popular for tourists and locals alike.   There are currently 4 golf courses in the country, and most likely more to come in the future.  Below you will see information on all 4 golf courses, and we encourage you to golf all of them.

Nejapa Golf & Country Club

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Nejapa Golf & Country Club is located in the capital city, Managua.  The course is the oldest in the country and was built in 1940, near the sulfurous waters of Lake Nejapa.  17 years later, the course was moved to it's present site, over 172 acres.

This 18 hole golf course is one of the funnest in Nicaragua and a must try if you visit Managua.  There is a cool country club area on site with tennis courts, swimming pool, change rooms, restaurants, bars and more.  The course has a driving range as well.  A great way to spend the day in Managua.


Guacalito de La Isla

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This golf course is the newest in Nicaragua, and is located at the private beach community in Tola, called Guacalito de la Isla.  The resort and community is built by Nicaraguan billionaire, Carlos Pellas, and the golf course was designed and built by pro golfer, David McLay Kidd.

One of the most expensive courses in the country, it is an 18 hole course, with the last hole finishing on the beach.  After golf, we recommend hanging out at the beach bar and lounge.  The cost per person for 18 holes, cart and club rentals is around $125 - $150 USD.   This is a very fun course, and the course also has a driving range to warm up on. 

Website Link to Guacalito

Gran Pacifica

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Gran Pacifica is an 18 hole golf course, and is a Haugen designed course. The course is located just north of Montelimar on the Pacific Ocean.  On the fourth hole, you will be teeing off facing the ocean.  The course is located at a large community development, and has restaurants and a club house.

The course is only around an hour drive from Managua, and is a good day trip from the capital.  You can stay at the development by renting a house or condo, or even just a short drive south at the Barcelo all inclusive resort.

Website Link to Gran Pacifica

Hacienda Iguana

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Hacienda Iguana Golf & Beach Club is a residential beachfront community in Tola, right next to the new Costa Esmeralda Airport.  On site, there is a 9 hole golf course, and probably one of the least expensive in the country, ranging anywhere from $17 - $35 per person, depending on the time of the year.  

The course was designed by golf pro, Niel Oldenberg, and was opened in 2004.  On site there is a club house where you can rent clubs, carts, etc.  There is also a driving range by the community club house on the 5th hole and a pitch and putt practice hole by the condominiums.  After golfing, we recommend to check out the beach club where you can eat and drink.

Website Link to Iguanas

Let us know which golf courses you have played at in the comments below and which one do you think is the best?

Friday, May 5, 2017

How I built a Successful Resort in Nicaragua at 21 Years Old with No Money


At the ages of 19 and 21, in Kelowna, B.C, Canada, my brother Travis and I booked a plane ticket to Nicaragua, after an unrealistic conversation about owning land while drinking in our parents hot tub.

We grew up skateboarding and doing a variety of action sports, and the idea was to buy some land, and build a skateboard park, airbag jump, rock climbing wall, paintball, etc...all surrounded by a resort where people could stay and take part in these activities.  The world's first action sports resort.

The only problem, was that we had no experience, and no money.

First time in Nicaragua

No later than a week after our hot tub idea, we were getting off the plane at the International Airport in Managua, the capital of Nicaragua.  We booked a shuttle to take us straight to San Juan Del Sur, where we planned on buying the land, this was in 2008.  It was a surreal experience being in a different country, the humidity, different language, landscape, etc... Even on the drive in the shuttle was an experience in itself, especially seeing it for your first time.  Old ladies hassling you for money at the gas station,  swerving around people, dogs, ox carts and animals on the highway.  Seeing 2 accidents, with people surrounding the bodies, brains splattered everywhere.  2 hours of this, and we already felt accustomed.

We arrived in San Juan Del Sur, and stayed at a hostel called Hotel Joxies, which was around $15 a night, we made this our home base for the next 2 weeks.  We also spent the next 2 weeks drinking and partying every day and night, just like most 19 and 21 year old's would do.  

The last few days, we finally got our act together and needed to go look at land for sale.  We actually went on a real estate tour, days prior, and had some land in mind, but it wasn't until we were walking down the street, mid afternoon, hung over, that we heard someone yell,  "I hear English".  We look over and it was a friendly guy from California renovating a building.   Keep in mind, 2008, October in San Juan Del Sur, there was not much tourism, so seeing another tourist was rare.

We starting talking, he said he had some land for sale, out of town but close by.  So we went with him to go check it out.  It was 2 acres on a river, with a nice little jungle.  Instantly we knew this was the spot.  We had dinner that night with him and his wife at their house and made them an offer.  We only had $1000 USD max combined.   We got the land down from $30,000 to $21,000 USD, then made him an absurd deal that we would pay him $1000 USD, then the rest off over a year as we had to move back to Canada to get jobs to pay it off.   Somehow he agreed and we were in shock.  We spent the next few days with lawyers, writing up a contract, then we flew back home.

We spent the next year or less in Canada, with the idea that we would save up, and pay off the land in Nicaragua.  That is what we did, we even worked at a gas station for some of the time, it did not matter, we had one goal in mind and needed to make it happen.

Around 2009, the land was paid off, and it was time to go back to Nicaragua.  We had a few more problems.  We spent all of our money on the land, we both had girlfriends for the last 5 years who did not want us to go, and doubts started kicking in, like they naturally do.

We posted an ad on the local towns website, looking for investors.  $35,000 USD for 10% of the company.  To our surprise we met with 6 different people, all at the same Starbucks.  The people ranged from pilots and tanning salon owners to local entrepreneurs.  The good thing was that we had options to choose from.  We chose the guy with the same mind set as us, who was about 25 years old at the time, he wrote us a check for $10,000 USD, told us to go down and start it, and he would send the rest in installments.   We knew even $35,000 USD was not enough, but we had to begin somewhere.
After we bought the land, cut down all the weeds, time to take a photo.

Starting the Resort

We rented a small wooden shack style house in town, bought machetes, $5 bicycles (no brakes), and biked to the land every single day to start hacking away at the 10 ft tall grass now on the property.    This was our first lesson in Nicaragua.  We realized after 2 weeks, that we sucked at using a machete, and realized we could create a job and hire a local for $5 per day to do it for us, while we used that time to plan out the first building.

Our only mode of transportation, bikes and skateboards.
At some point, our minds switched from thinking, let's try to make this happen, to knowing it will happen and that it is up to us to make it happen.  Being young, with nothing to lose, is a powerful thing.

After about 3 months in the country, we knew we did not want to go back, and one night we had to cut the ties that were holding us back.  We called our girlfriends and told them we were not coming back.  It sucked, but we knew it had to be done, and our girlfriends understood.


With the initial money, we built a small house, which we eventually would live in for a year.  (It has now been turned into the kitchen/reception).   While we were living in this house, there was a 1 foot gap from where the wall meets the roof, so all types of insects would fly in, snakes, scorpions, you name it.  We got used to it.   It got pretty boring out there, so we built a small mini ramp that we would skate every day, and also bought a pool table for $100.   After a year of building the house and living on the land, we ran out of money.  Our time was limited now and we saw the possibility of having to move back to Canada and face reality.  This was not an option for us.


The house that we built first and lived in.


One day, in the house we built a make shift wooden desk out of 2x4's, using a bucket as a chair, and an unreliable internet stick, I started playing online poker, (maybe because of the boredom), I entered a Sunday Millions competition on Poker Stars.  I wasn't good but I just knew I had to beat the majority of people and try to make my way to the top.  I started around 12pm noon.  Travis said he was meeting up with 2 girls he knew and to come with him.  I said jokingly "sorry man, need to win this poker comp", I sat there for the rest of the night, somehow making it through each round. 

It was around 2 am, and I was in the last few tables.  Travis came back,  we were already in 160th place and if we would lose now, we would win around $2000 USD.  So we stepped up our game, started bluffing, raising, etc... and luck was on our side.  We finally lost on a crazy hand, but won $3300 USD.  We starting drinking to celebrate.

This was our room for a year.
We needed to figure out how to make more money from this win, so we decided to go online and buy paintball guns and open a paintball course.  So this is what we did.  We opened the course, and we had groups come out almost every day, making around $200 - $400 from each group.  With this money, we put back into landscaping and started building the skateboard park.

Paint balling every day!

If we wanted to finish the resort anytime soon, we needed to make some real money, so we came up with the concept of selling units to investors in which they could own, get to use and make 50% of the monthly rental income when we opened.  It was a long shot, but we made a design for a villa, and posted it online.  Within a few weeks, we had our first buyer, which was actually a girl that went to our high school, with the same last name as us who I never met before as she graduated a few years earlier.  After this first sale, we knew it could be done.

Building the skate park.

Back to Reality

Everything almost came to an end.   One night, we met a couple in town, and brought them back to our house for dinner and to drink.  We cooked ribs that night on our make shift BBQ made from cement blocks and the grill from a shopping cart basket.  We were having a good time, it was around 6:30pm as the sun was going down.

Homemade picnic table and BBQ pit, ate dinner here every night.

We finished around the same time and all went back into the house.  Once the last person entered, we heard people swarm the house, and yelling in Spanish, we thought it was a joke by our french friends we partied with days prior.  However when we turned around and they were all wearing masks, and had their guns pointed at us, we knew we had an issue on our hands. 

It was obvious who they were.  They were the cousins of our guard who we fired days earlier as we felt we did not need a guard.  These 4 guys actually came over the day before this and helped us in the paintball field as we were building it, they asked to come in the house for water, when I guess they scoped it out.  Sure enough, it was the same 4 guys, 3 short, and 1 tall guy.  

They were all about 16 years old, but knowing they have nothing to lose is a scary thing too.  They told us to get down on our knees with guns pointed at our heads, while they filled up bags with our stuff (cameras, computers, etc).  They then told us to all get in the shower and tried to throw a blanket over our heads, but we took it off and we were ready to attack if they shot.  There was only one guy with a gun pointed at 4 of us in the shower, so we knew if a gun shot went off, we were ready to attack, as the chances were good.  What felt like hours, was only minutes in reality.  The thief yelled something in Spanish then ran away.  My brother Travis and I were filled with adrenaline and stupidity, as soon as he ran, we ran after them, we knew they cut through the jungle, so we went to our vehicle (surprisingly they did not slash the tires), and we tried to flank them on the other side of the jungle.  Looking back, it was probably good we did not run into them again that night.  We spent time in court against these guys and we won, but that is a different story in itself.

After this experience, we wanted to give up and go back to Canada.  However we were not going to let a bunch of punks ruin our dream, so we decided to bump up security, and go full force and finish the project.  Also this meant, smartening up, no more house parties, no more letting people in our house we did not know, etc...  It was a great experience to learn from and we felt stronger than ever.

First Sale 

Villas under construction, started on the pool area as well.


After this first sale, and construction of the first villa, it was a snowball effect, within the next year, we sold 26 units (villas, standard rooms and deluxe condos).  It happened so fast and all of the money raised, we built the units and invested it all into the resort, finishing the skateboard park, the pool area, bar, restaurant, and even bought a giant airbag online from China, where people could jump and flip into.

Buddy our dog we bought as a puppy when we started building the house.

Airbag just arrived from China, setting it up, invited everyone from town to try.




We finally had our dream come to life, and thought there was an end goal where we would finish it, sit back, and be happy at what we accomplished.  However that never did come, nor it never will, as humans, we always want more and to be better.   One thing, we never thought about was now that it is done, we have to get people staying here, hire staff, and work 18 hours a day running the resort.  Building it was a feat in it's own, but running a resort is a different story, especially at this time when we had no experience.

The Surf Ranch Resort finished!





Fast forward, 5 years later, the resort is successful with a high occupancy rate, over 20 staff members, and it has created a name for itself.  Over time, we got smart, and instead of doing everything, we have hired people to do the things we need done to give us more time to oversee everything and bring the brand to the next level.  With growth, you need to adapt, and what made us adapt was that we decided to go even bigger, and decided to build the 2nd Surf Ranch Resort.  This meant the majority of the first resort needed to be run by us online and through a great management team.

New Years day party at the Surf Ranch


Now that we have experience with the first resort, we have decided to challenge ourselves again and build one of the largest all inclusive resorts in Nicaragua.   A few years ago, before the first resort was finished, we teamed up with one of our investors and bought 25 acres of ocean view land, close to Popoyo, Nicaragua.  This is around an hour and a half drive north of San Juan Del Sur, where our original resort is located.

2nd Resort in Popoyo

View from one of the 4000 sq ft houses at Surf Ranch Popoyo

We are doing everything we did with the first resort, same business concept, where owners can buy units, and get to use them and make 50% of the rentals while the resort maintains everything.  It is a business model that works,  the investors get to purchase a unit at a low rate, they make money every month and no money comes out of their pocket, and the resort uses the funds to build the resort.  It's a win win for everyone involved.

Travis talking business with our crew
At the Surf Ranch Resort in Popoyo, there are 14 houses, 18 apartment units and 40 condos planned.  We have taken it to the next step, and with the growth of the Surf Ranch brand, half of the units have already been sold and progress is ahead of schedule.


4 Houses complete, started on the apartment complex, supports dug.

It is a surreal experience looking back and going from having $1000 combined, using buckets as seats and having a fire pit built out of blocks and the grill from a shopping basket, to dealing with a lot of money and a lot of responsibilities.   Our dream has only got bigger, as the next 5 year goal is to build resorts in Panama and Costa Rica, as well as a main central office headquarters to run the resorts, before we start building overseas.  

3D Model of what the resort will look like when complete.


We moved to Nicaragua at the beginning of our 20's and now that I have turned 30, Nicaragua has taught us a lot as we spent all of our 20's here.  It is an amazing country, and I am stoked to have made the choice to move here, however, this is just the beginning of the Surf Ranch brand.

My advice for anyone looking to do build a resort or hostel from scratch or anything related to this, would be.  Do not make excuses or think about the option of failure, just go and make it happen, no matter what.

We have also filmed the whole journey since Day 1, and when the 2nd Surf Ranch Resort is open, we will be releasing the documentary.  You can see the trailer below.



Surf Ranch in San Juan Del Sur - www.surfranchnicaragua.com

Surf Ranch in Popoyo - www.surfranchpopoyo.com 

We would like to send a big shout out to all investors involved, everyone we met along the way, all guests who stayed with us, and everyone reading this right now.  Thank you all, and we look forward to growing with you.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

The Growth of the Emerald Coast, Nicaragua

For years now, Nicaragua has been compared to what Costa Rica was like 20 years ago.  However at the current rate of new developments, airports, and infrastructure, Nicaragua is not too far behind Costa Rica.  The tourism sector is in full force, and most investors are now investing on the Emerald Coast.

Sure, San Juan Del Sur is a great place to invest, but there can only be so many hotels and restaurants in the town before it bursts.  Which is why most people are also heading to the Emerald Coast, as their are currently more options and the cost of land is currently less expensive and you can get some really good deals.  Some people like to get in after it's all been done, and other people like to get in early before it booms, just like in any investment.

From Tola to Astillero, new developments are popping up, including the new Coastal Highway, newly paved road to Gigante, various resorts and developments, and more.  Below are 3 current investments that we see are currently going up right now.


1. Sushi Restaurant & Dentist (2nd floor of mall by airport)

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costa esmeralda airport, nicaragua

This little mall just across from the Costa Esmeralda airport currently consists of a BAC bank, a real estate firm & law firm, grocery store with imported products, surf shop and Avis Rent A Car. The 2nd story will feature a Sushi Restaurant & Dentist.


2. Newly paved road through the town of El Astillero

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El Astillero is a small fishing village, with a beach similar to San Juan Del Sur, but no development yet, however they have just paved the main road through town.  The Coastal highway is said to go through this town and straight up the coast to Montelimar where the Barcelo All Inclusive Resort is.


3. New Mall by Popoyo

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nahualapa mall popoyo
This mall is pretty large and has spaces available.   Their sign states that there will be an ice cream shop, liquor store, cafe, meat shop, pharmacy, chocolate shop and a restaurant called Mad Dog Pizza.  They have more spaces available, so who knows what else will go in here, but it means that people will not have to venture to Rivas or Tola for these items.

It is located by the bridge at the "Y" where the roads all join, coming from Tola, going to Guasacate and also going to the Ochomogo bridge on the main highway.  It is less than a 10 minute drive from the new Surf Ranch Resort.

Soon the Emerald Coast will be equipped with everything that one needs, currently you can also find a small health center, 2 golf courses, Costa Esmeralda airport, various resorts with restaurants that are accessible to day guests, sailing tours, and various new developments...now just waiting on the gas station!