salinas grande

Come to Salinas Grandes, Nicaragua, for the Wild Life

Please excuse the minor error in the title – I meant to write “Wildlife” as in birds, bugs and beasts – but it probably caught your attention. I promise to write about that other subject soon.

This essay is being composed by a long-retired Canadian who has spent considerable time over the past eight years on the beautiful sand beach at Salinas Grandes on the Pacific coast of Nicaragua – so please be prepared for a total layman’s view of the nature of things.

Having spent the bulk of my considerable days communing with the natural wonders and the ravenous pests in the Canadian countryside I was fully prepared to confront an even greater menace during the perpetual Nicaraguan summer. As you will soon see my fears were completely unfounded.

I am not a naturalist and cannot claim to have any expertise in that area. However, I can generally separate the inhabitants of the countryside into the broad general categories of bugs, birds and beasts. So let me tell you of some of the cast members that mother nature has entertained us with over the past few years on the beach in Nicaragua. Continue reading

Status of the beach and the community in Salinas Grande, Nicaragua

This is a first-hand report on the status of the beach and the community on the Pacific coast of Nicaragua at the village of Salinas Grandes.

My wife, Barbara and I arrived at our casita on the beach on the afternoon of January 16, 2013 after an uneventful trip from Toronto, Canada. As usual the trip had taken only five hours, including the layover in Miami. On the 90 minute trip from the airport in Managua we had stopped at one of the major “supermercados” to buy provisions – and a few bottles of Tona, the excellent local beer.

After an uneventful, but very scenic 90 minute drive on the excellent TransAmerica Highway, we turned onto the 11 km (7 mi.) road to the beach. Like most rural roads in Nicaragua the road to Salinas Grandes is “paved” with local limestone and volcanic rock that is turned into a form of gravel by the occasional crushing action of a very large diesel roller and the subsequent action of the local traffic. In the case of our beach road this approach has resulted in one of the better rural thoroughfares. It is wide and generally quite navigable with only a few spots that are mildly challenging to our rented Toyota Corola.

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