If you haven’t heard of it yet, it’s the Grand Canal of Nicaragua. The largest engineering project in history, it will be 3x larger than the Panama Canal and construction is slated to start in December. It will plow through 7 natural reserves/parks and slice in half the land of the indigenous Rama people, but […]
Don’t do anything until you find out how it works!
I just received these two presentations done by HKND talking about their plan for the canal. One is in Spanish and describes the environmental impacts and the other is in Spanish and Chinese (mandarin?) and explains more of the development side of things. Both have interesting maps and drawings, though one map has MP and […]
This is Route 4 as proposed by the HKND group, the Chinese consortium headed by Wang Jing that is behind the grand canal venture. According to them this route takes into account the least amount of environmental and socio-cultural damage. Here is my take on it. The first thing that was said about the canal route decision-making […]
If you have to pick one day to go, it should be either for the carnival on Saturday, 24th of May or the Tulululu on Saturday night, 31st of May. Here is a copy of the schedule in Spanish to find out what else is going on and when. Basically the important things are that […]
It’s that time ladies and gentlemen! Grab your drum and head out to Orinoco where the party has already started for Garifuna Day! I won’t give up too many details other than you can expect great food, a fun live band from Honduras or Belize and lots of people dancing with fast feet and hips […]
This just in! The Corn Islands got a little write up from an adventurous freelancer for the Washington Post. The lobster trawlers bob like toys in a bathtub, tipping to and fro with every swell of gray sea. I watch from a crowd of Nicaraguans about to board the day’s last panga, or public ferryboat, wondering […]
Engine broke! Repairs needed! Out Of Commission! That’s right, the trusted ferry between El Rama, Bluefields and Corn Island is not going anywhere until the motor gets fixed. And who knows how long that will be! So if you are planning your trip to Corn Island the cheap and easy way, well, it won’t be […]
I am a big fan of casinos. We have two here in Bluefields, the Oasis and the Texas, both of which will take several years off your life from the cigarette smoke alone. But they are good fun for the person who enjoys hitting the machines and can spare to lose C$100 ($4) over the […]
The fourth edition of the RightSide Guide print edition is here! 3,000 copies were distributed all around the country. Here is where to find them: Little Corn Island Derek’s Place Little Corn Beach & Bungalow Graces Cool Spot Desideri’s Tranquilo Cafe Three Brothers Dive Little Corn Casa Iguana Big Corn Island Tree House/Crows Nest Sea […]
From CNN: 53. Little Corn beaches, Nicaragua Low key, undeveloped and languid, Little Corn Island was, sometimes still is, a stop for pirates. These days it’s more frequently used as a vacation spot for those looking for a few days of rustic, five-star-free living. Worth knowing: A great spot for diving and snorkeling.
They say that only 1 of every 1,000 sea turtles survives to see adulthood. It’s a tough life dodging sharks and turtle fishermen, and that’s if a turtle gets to hatch without the eggs being dug up by dogs or poachers. It takes about thirty years to reach egg-laying maturity, so those little guys have […]
Here it is ladies and gentlemen, the official Maypole festival plan 2013 This has been translated interpreted from the original version in spanish (by yours truly). Objective: Promote the Maypole culture from the Caribbean towns and to contribute to greater tourism Date Time […]
I am happy to announce that the third edition of the RightSide Guide print edition is now available in Leon, Managua, Granada, San Juan del Sur, Bluefields, Pearl Lagoon, Big Corn and Little Corn Island! The Maypole edition of the RightSide Guide has info on the history of the celebration, where to check it […]
Maypole schedule right here! If you were ever going to come visit the area, May is the month to do it! May is when the biggest celebrations happen and the rain is still a month away. The May pole festival is one of the most over-the-top parties in the country and is still “undiscovered” […]
Take it from me, folks. The gentle Caribbean sea breezes can pick up at a moment’s notice and turn ugly. I recently returned to Bluefields from Corn Island via the cargo ship Capt. D and got a short video of the conditions. Rough!