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39. Satelite TV

Can be installed anywhere in Nicaragua .Cost is from $20 to $35 a month depending on amount of Channels. Basic gets about 40 channels.

Site  www.skynicaragua.com  or  www.sky.com.mx/centroamerica/
The Company is "SKY" ( used to be "Direct TV") they have subsidiaries in all Central America.

      

40 - Location

Pink Pearl Island is a 2.5 acre private tropical island, located in the Caribbean sea approximately 3 miles from mainland
 off of the Atlantic Coast of Nicaragua,  Central America.
The island is surrounded with turquoise water and powder white sand. It’s coconut trees and  native fauna are protected from high seas
by surrounding reefs and outlying islands.
This Caribbean coast of Nicaragua is often referred to as 'the undiscovered Caribbean' and the country as a whole 'the next Costa-Rica'
 with great investment opportunities.

41 - Activities

41a - SNORKEL - DIVING
Pink Pearl Island is situated among a group of coral islands, which have to be the most attractive, desirable destination in Nicaragua.
The sparkling blue ocean is scuba virgin water with pristine reefs, making it an ideal location for diving and snorkeling.
There are many natural attractions throughout this extensive area of reefs and islands which offer a range of tourist interest and leisure-time activities.
 Among these interests and activities would be recreational diving for both SCUBA and snorkelling enthusiasts among

A variety of unique coral formations that are found at shallow and medium depths.
There are also opportunities for diving at greater depths on coral wall and other formations found in deeper waters.
Manta rays, Barracuda, and thousands of pretty coral fish live permanently in these islands.
There are Green and Hawksbill turtle and many varieties of coral, like starlet, sea-fan, brain, sea plum, making underwater look like a colourful garden.
Thousands of pretty coral fish like angel fish, parrot fish, and puffer fish make the sea bottom look like a giant colourful natural aquarium.
Big crabs along with star fish contribute to the magical beauty of the spectacular sea bottom.

41b - CORAL JEWELLERY
Used only with government permission, black coral is individually crafted to make necklaces, bracelets and earrings.
This tropical coral-jewellery is sometimes gold trimmed, while superb, and is priced very reasonable.

41c - SPORTFISHING
Another attraction of interest in the area is that of sport fishing.
These islands offer an extensive array of these popular game fish same that exist in the rest of the Caribbean and the Bahamas.
Snook,  Tarpon,  Jack,  Kingfish,  Spanish Mackerel,  Snapper and Barracuda and other fish are abundant around the island.
 Some resorts exist in the area, doing sportfishing  business.

41d - ECO TOURISM
Adventure trips can be taken exploring the many uninhabited islets.
These islands have been studied for several years by the Institute of Tourism, INTUR, and by the Ministry of Environment MARENA,
because they have great possibility for Eco-tourism.

41e - BIRD WATCHING
Among other tourism activities there can be that of  bird watching.
There is a group of about 12 pelicans that live around the islands. They feast on the schools of sardines that inhabit the shallow reef waters.
Huge Frigate birds can often be seen soaring high above the island. This "Man O’ War" as the locals call it,
a seagull-like black bird with a wing span of 6 feet.

41f - THE MAINLAND
The mainland right across from and around the island is a low populated area full of lush vegetation, rivers and a variety of parrots,
 macaws, iguanas, monkeys, and deer.

41 g - ISLAND LIFESTYLE
Friendly people; superb seafood, a place of no worries, swimming in crystal clear blue waters, birds on coconut trees,
home grown tropical fruits on a private paradise. This is the lifestyle that even Jimmy Buffet will be jealous of......

 43 a - How to get there

 Managua to Bluefields – 45 mins by plane

You can fly into Managua, the capital of Nicaragua (MGA) Airport .
Then you can fly with La Costena Airlines to Bluefields, a town of 50,000 people, in the Atlantic Coast of Nicaragua.

43 b - Bluefields to PINK PEARL Pearl Island - by boat- 1hr 15 mins

 After arriving in Bluefields on the Caribbean side of Nicaragua, you then take a trip in a speedboat locally known as a 'Panga'.
 We rent a fiberglass speed boat with an outboard Yamaha engine that provides fast and convenient transportation to and from the mainland.
 The first hour of the journey is a smooth ride along the river, then the last 20 mins is a Caribbean sea ride from the lagoon to the island.
 The boat driver is experienced, licensed and an expert on the ocean.
 All arrangements can be made prior to your visit by contacting us..

43 c - Helicopter direct from Managua to Pink Pearl Island:
 
This picture we see the owners’ son that has reached PINK PEARL directly from the Managua International Airport with a helicopter.
One can rent R22 or R44 (Rockwell) helicopters right on the Airport. Cost is about $3500 for a two way trip all gas included.


50 a - Ten (10) Reasons to Rent/ Lease Pink Pearl Island:

1.)  The island is small and easy to manage and clean.
2.)  It requires only 1 caretaker to maintain the grounds etc
      Caretaker's and managers salary are a combines $300 per month.
3.)  Running costs are kept low in comparison to a large island.
4.)  There are no mangroves or swampland.
5.)  There are no mosquitoes or sand flies mainly due to lack of mangrove and swamp.
6.)  The surrounding water is deep enough for excellent swimming close to the beach. The main beach does not have coral or rocks.
7.)  There are excellent views all around the island and you can see immediately if anyone is landing on your beach.
8.)  The main development is completed so there will be no major expenditure on building costs and material transportation.
9.)  Also remember we are including a fast boat with a excellent engine for you transportation needs.
10.) Pink Pearl has excellent business potential, and we are currently operating as a small Resort
       it is attracting a lot of interest from tourists

50 b - PROTECTED BAY
Typically the west side of these islands is the calmer side with more beaches, where small vessels can land.
The east side is where there is more breezes and exposed coral reef.

50 c - SURROUNDING ISLANDS
There are about 18 surrounding islands, all of them coral formations.
The islands are protected by other islands in front of them and by the outer reef that breaks the waves.
The area is full of fish, lobster and shrimp.

50 d - CORAL REEF
The Reef itself partially surrounds the island and is home to a huge selection of exotic marine species.
Large beds of sea grass attract turtles and small fish, while the coral reef teems with life, providing spectacular snorkelling, and legendary fishing.

50 e - MAPS
The oldest existing map on these islands is the one made by US Corps of Engineers in 1933.

50 f - FRUITS
All tropical fruits like pineapple, mango, papaya and of course coconut grow in these islands.
The nearly islands used to be coconut plantations that is why they have so many coconut producing palm trees.

51 g - PREDATORS
There are no predators in the islands and life is very easy slow, relaxing with no worries and a peaceful equilibrium exists.

51 h - NIGHT LIFE
At night you can watch the soldier crabs crawling slowly and carrying their heavy shell, like sea snails looking for food.
The nights are quiet and you can hear the smooth sound of the ocean lapping on the beach and watch the stars above the warm clear Caribbean moonlit sky.
Other wildlife include Ghost Crabs, which are generally only seen at night.

51 i - THE TRIP to the ISLAND
To get to the islands one can pass through the river that connects to the lagoon in Bluefields.
This is an enjoyable trip through the river where you can see a variety of tropical trees and birds. Mahogany, mangrove and balsa trees can be seen here.
 Beautiful rosewood can be found here, that local artists use for wood carvings that portray scenes depicting family life; boats, lobsters fauna and fish.

51 g - HAWKSBILL SEA TURTLE
The area is favoured as a nesting ground by the Hawksbill turtle, and during the breeding season this process is monitored by the World Wildlife Service
in the form of daily visits to the beaches in order to monitor the nests.
 Nests can number up to one hundred, although all the activity of nesting and hatching takes place during the night,
 so it is rare to see either adults or young during the day.

51 k - Food Supplies
Fresh food and produce can be bought or ordered in advance from Bluefields a market town where there is a profusion of fresh produce,
 including tropical fruits, vegetables etc.  Fresh lobster, jumbo shrimp and fish are plentiful and inexpensive in Bluefields.
While luxury items are available only in limited supply in Bluefields, nearby Managua has almost everything one could wish for,
gourmet items such as smoked salmon, French and Italian cheeses, fine wines and other specialty items.
It is quite possible to take the early flight to Managua, and return the same day to the island with the shopping,
as Managua is just a short 45min flight from Bluefields, and there are several flights each day.
 
51 n - RIGHT TO PRIVATE OWNERSHIP AND ESTABLISHMENT
Both foreign and domestic private entities may establish and own business enterprises and profit-making activities.
Local law grants the right to freely establish, acquire, and dispose of virtually any type of business interest or property,
with the exception of those sectors where government monopoly is established by law.
The Embassy is aware of no instances where private enterprises were not treated on an equal footing with public enterprises
 with respect to access to markets, credit, and other business operations.

52  -  New Construction
Any new construction is also subject to a building tax of 1% of the value, and a permit must be obtained from the local county.

53 -  BLUEFIELDS
The town of Bluefields can be reached by air in about 50 min from Managua, the capital of Nicaragua.
It has a population of 50,000 English speaking people and a very relaxed and easy way of life. 

Bluefields Pier
Maypole festival
 
Every night is party night during May in Bluefields. The Maypole festival includes costumed dancers, steel drums, loudspeakers.
People dance around the maypole tree, a tradition that started in Jamaica. All the energy of Carnival is revived between the 6-16 of October,
and that is also the birthday of Bluefields.
Do not forget to try the "Flor de cana" (Flower of the sugar cane) the Nicaraguan rum.
It is one of the best and relatively inexpensive (US$ 5-6 for a big bottle).
The coconut bread is excellent and you can take it with you, it stays fresh for long.

53 a - Appliance & Furniture Stores
3907. "Radio Shack"
3902. "La Curacao"
3900. "La Curacao"
3904. "El Gallo"
3905. "El Gallo"
3906. "El Gallo"
3908. "El Verdugo"
                   3968. "El Verdugo"
3909. "El Verdugo"
3912. "Almacenes Tropicas"
3911. "Almacenes Tropicas"
3913. "Almacenes Tropicas"

53 b - Hotels
Hotel Casa Royale
$70/ night
3951.Hotel
Caribbean Dream
 $25/ night

 
image-674125-202-hot-royale.jpg3954. Hotel & Casino
"Oasis"
$90/ night

53 c - Hardware stores
3953. Hardware store
"Canal"


3952. Hardware store
"Calero"

 
3970. Hardware Store
"Bendaña"

 
53 d - Restaurants
3960. Restaurant
"La Loma"
Panoramic Bay View


3961. Restaurant
"La Loma"

3962. Restaurant
"La Loma"
 
3963. Restaurant
"Salmar"

3964. Restaurant
"Salmar"

 
3965. Restaurant
"Salmar"
 
 
3966. Restaurant
"Pelican Bay"

3914. Restaurant
"Pelican Bay"

3967. Restaurant
"Pelican Bay"

 
53 e - Supermarkets
3957. Supermarket
"Centeno"
 
3956. Supermarket
"Centeno"

 
3958. Supermarket
"Centeno"


3955. Supermarket
"Schneider"

 

54 a - Brief HISTORY of the ATLANTIC (Caribbean) COAST 

Caribbean Nicaragua was never a Spanish dominion, except in theory.
English traders provided gunpowder and tools to the Miskito, Sumu and Rama and set up trading posts along the lagoons and rivers.
 Although the British protectorate ended in 1862, English remains the principal language here and the Protestant religion is still dominant.

To many Nicaraguans the eastern half of the country that faces the Caribbean sea (Atlantic coast) is a mysterious region
that might as well exist on another continent. 
The "Atlantic coast" includes most of the surface of Nicaragua, but only a small fraction of its population.
Although the British protectorate ended in 1862, English remains the principal language here and the Protestant religion is still dominant.

54 b - HISTORY of the ISLANDS
Some of the islands were occupied by people that used the islands to grow copra from the coconuts in the late 1800’s.
Some of these private islands were once sold to private parties from the Miskito King G. Augustos Fredrick himself.
All the islands have plenty marine life around them. Some of the islands have superb white sand beaches and are surrounded by coral reef.

54 c -  RELIGION  
In the Caribbean coast the dominant church is the Moravian church which is a Protestant sect that was introduced in the days of the British.
Roman Catholicism and other Protestant sects are also found in the Caribbean coast

55. PEOPLE  -  POLITICAL  CLIMATE  -  Safety
People from the Atlantic are very friendly and easy to talk to. The area is very safe due to its low population and absence of guns.
This Independent region has its own government and is a distance away from the politics of Managua.
Here English is the main language (people also speak Spanish and Miskito) and the pace of life is slow and relaxing.
An interesting mosaic of people peacefully coexists here.
The majority is Miskito Indians mixed with friendly Caribbean 'Creole' English speaking people,Garifuna, Rama and people from Nicaragua.

55 a -  HOSPITALITY - CULTURE   
In the Atlantic coast of Nicaragua, visitors and investors receive "preferential treatment" by the local people.
This happens because local people, not only welcome foreign investment but they are also very hospitable.
This is a very open-minded society, culturally diverse that welcomes visitors and potential investors.

56. MEDICAL  TREATMENT  
Here are the Medical facilities that are close to Pink Pearl in case of an emergency.

.A. 20 minutes - Pearl lagoon - Centro de salud (Health Center) Tthat is like a small pubic clinic, but its free.
.B. 30 minutes - Brown Bank  - Centro de salud
.C. 40 minutes - Kukra Hill - HOSPITAL
.D. 1 hr 20 min  - Bluefields - HOSPITAL and 12 Centros de Salud  one in every neighborhood.

                                                                                                        56. Hospitals
 3923. Bluefields - Health Center

 3921. Pearl Lagoon - Health Center
 

 
 3925. Bluefields Hospital

 
3922.  Bluefields - Hospital

 3927. Kukra Hospital

 3926. Kukra Hospital

 
3924.  Bluefields - Hospital

 
3928. Kukra Hospital

 
 3930. Kukra Hospital

 

Medical care is free in Nicaragua for Nicaraguans and Non Nicaraguans
The island and the towns that offer medical facilities all appear on Google maps.
They are marked with red circles in this google map
Pink Pearl island photos already appear on google maps.

57. Medical Facilities - close to Pink Pearl
3915. medical facilities


The Capital city of Managua is 45 minutes away from Bluefields by plane, and has has many modern Hospitals at US standards such as :
"Hospital Metropolitano Vivian Pellas"
http://www.metropolitano.com.ni

57a. Do I need any vaccinations to enter Nicaragua ?   
No vaccinations are required. If you like to vaccinate that is your choice.

57b. How about Malaria or Dengue fever in the region ?   
Due to the existence of a vaccine, malaria has been eradicated long time ago from Nicaragua.
Yes there is dengue, that is a strong flu or fever that passes in a couple of days. There is no vaccine for dengue.
 There is never any stagnant water or mud on the island. This means that mosquitoes that may carry diseases can not breed on the island.
Also the constant nice breeze cleans all the bugs away from the island.

58. HOUSE  INSURANCE - What is the Cost ?
Home or Building insurance (Fire,Theft, Hurricane, Vandalism etc) are provided by 5 companies.
 Cost is between $1200 a year.
1. www.seguroslafise.com.ni  (from  BANCENTRO bank,  www.bancentro.com.ni
2. www.segurosamerica.com.ni  (from BAC Bank, www.bac.com.ni )
3. www.mapfre.com.ni  (MAPFRE Insurance)
4. www.assanet.com.ni (ASSA Insurance)
5. www.iniser.com.ni  (INISER is the only one run by the government, remaining 4 are all private )

59. Banks in Bluefields & Nicaragua
         Bluefields has 3 banks
1. BANCENTRO bank,  www.bancentro.com.ni
2. BANPRO bank (Banco de produccion)  www.banpro.com.ni
3. CARUNA  Federal Credit Union  www.caruna.com.ni
       Other Nicaraguan banks are :
1. BAC bank (Banco de America Central) www.bac.com.ni

60. Cash (ATM) machines in Bluefields
Bluefields has 3 ATM or cash machine dispensers that you can take cash 24 hours.
1. Located outside BANCENTRO bank
2. Located outside BANPRO bank
3. Located In the main park outside the "Palacio" (that is the City Hall).

61. What about if I want to get more cash while I am in Nicaragua ?
If you are in Bluefields or anywhere you can go inside the bank BANCENTRO or BANPRO with your credit/debit card.
You can debit your card the amount you want, as if you were doing a purchase.
There is no limit on the amount you can withdraw, the limit is the balance you have on your US or foreign account.
 They charge 2% for the service.