About RSG

The RightSide Guide is the survival guide to the Caribbean coast of Nicaragua.

Allow me to explain:

Most of the rest of the country thinks of the southern Caribbean coast as somewhat of a novelty. Compared to the old-world Spanish atmosphere of Granada and Leon and Esteli, the reggae thumping, English-speaking towns on the right side of the country couldn’t be any more different.

The RightSide Guide is an attempt to try to make sense of this side of the country…the cultures, the landscapes, the food, the politics, the life, the love and the people, while helping travelers plan their visits with information on transportation, hotels, restaurants and more.

This website started back in January 2011 and the print edition will be here soon! I hope you find it useful and feel free to let me know what you think.

Thanks for visiting,

12 Responses to “About RSG”

  1. Durward Erminger13 November, 2011 at 9:01 pm #

    Great Job Casey! Best of luck to you in developing tourism on La Costa Atlantica de Nicaragua.

    Alamikamba, Municipio de Prinzapolka
    RAAN, Nicaragua

    • Casey14 November, 2011 at 9:30 am #

      Tinki pali!

      Shout me next time you reach Bluefields!


  2. Durward Erminger14 November, 2011 at 7:27 pm #

    Why don´t you come see us in Alamikamba? From Bluefields you can hop on a panga to La Cruz del Rio Grande (C$510). Jump off at Makantakita. Hike the short trail to Makantaka. And, we´ll pick you up to take the shortcut by old logging road to Alamikamba on the Rio Prinzapolka.

    We´ve got all kinds of watercraft to explore the waterways and outback here! Like to fish? Look for tiger tracks? Or watch birds? We have over 300 species of birds documented in our area! Or, do you just want to lay back in a hammock and eat watermelon?

    From Alamikamba El Triangulo Minero (Siuna, Rosita, and Bonanza) are nearby. Got gold fever?


    • Casey17 November, 2011 at 10:22 pm #

      You can count on it! It won’t be this year, but maybe semana santa 2012? Tinki pali!

  3. John23 December, 2011 at 1:19 pm #

    Hi Casey,
    Just wanted to say Great Job on the site!
    I appreciate all the good info that you provide to all of the potential visitors to this side of Nicaragua.
    I set up a page on Facebook for Little Corn Island (“Little Corn Island, Nicaragua”), where I live. I hope that you don’t mind that I published a link to RSG on it.
    I own Tranquilo Cafe (which has it’s own FB page) and I’m trying to provide as much info as I can to people looking in to a trip to the Little Island. Your site is much more in-depth, so it’s a great resource for anyone who might stumble on to the FB page first.
    If I can ever help you with updated info from here in between your own visits, please don’t hesitate to ask. We’re all on our own when it comes to tourism development on this side of the country, so we might as well help each other out.

  4. Peter29 May, 2012 at 9:53 pm #

    Headed to Nicaragua next week with my son. Two interesting things in our plans are to travel the Rio San Juan, and to visit Little corn Island. What are the possibilities of taking the river all the way to the Carribean and finding boat transportation up to Bluefields? thanks for any reccomendations – this site is wonderful.

    • Casey4 June, 2012 at 6:28 pm #

      From San Juan de Nicaragua to Bluefields isn’t the easiest (or the cheapest). If you are lucky you can find a group of people who are hiring a panga to make the 4-5 hour trip and jump in with them, splitting the cost. Hiring a boat on your own usually costs about a thousand dollars. Another option would be to

      Let me know how it goes!

  5. Silvia19 June, 2012 at 3:34 pm #

    Hi Casey, thanks for this great page. I just arrived in Bluefields today from Managua and everything has worked out fine so far and I am now even planning to visit Pearl Lagoon!

    Bluefields is a bit funny for a blond single woman on her own, having my first lunch in a local place I already got the first love letter by a local!

    Keep up this great work!

    Cheers Silvia

    • Casey20 June, 2012 at 6:48 am #

      Hahaha… welcome to Bluefields, blond single woman! I have two friends, both guys, who have received love letters as well. Just dropped off at their table while having a beer!

      I hope you enjoy your time on the coast and say hi to Pearl Lagoon for me!


  6. Inke14 April, 2014 at 7:33 am #

    Hey Casey, congratulations, very interesting website. I stayed in Bluefields and Pearl Lagoon this year. Beautyful places!! I’m writing my bachelor dissertation about Kriol. I found some pictures of healthcare posters on your site. Could you tell me, where did you get them? It would be really important for me to find out, how much written material is available in Kriol. Thank you!! Best to you

    • Casey19 April, 2014 at 3:48 pm #

      Hi Inke,

      Well if you are looking for some Kriol written I have good news for you. It is an actual language that is taught in schools on the coast. Yes, you can even find Kriol language books!

      Just so that we are on the same page, there are different Kriols on the coast. There is the standard Bluefields Kriol which you hear in Corn Island, Pearl Lagoon and of course Bluefields. That’s what most of the speakers speak. Then there is Rama Cay Kriol which is spoken in Rama Cay and a few other Rama indian communities. Up north you have Miskito Kriol which sounds a big different…much more simple. Then you have accents of all of the above depending on the communities you go to.

      In Pearl Lagoon at the “PLACE” school they use kriol workbooks. I used to have one that was given to me by a teacher in Rama Cay. “We no learn we children THAT kriol” she told me! I may still have some photos of that workbook, actually.

      Glad you enjoyed your trip to the coast!

  7. Inke23 April, 2014 at 3:36 am #

    Hi Casey,
    thank you for the information. I visited some schools but they told me that tey don’t teach in Kriol anymore. Unfortunately. Could you tell me where did you find the posters you put on your site? (about clean water, etc?) Are these photos or did you download them from some website? Greetings

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