Bluefields is the capital of the Southern Autonomous Region on the Atlantic coast of Nicaragua. The people have a combined heritage of being escaped/freed slaves, part of indigenous groups, descendants of Spanish settlers, and/or mix of any of these groups. This creates a very diverse and vibrant community. The language most spoken is a Creole of English. Most people speak Spanish as a 2nd or 3rd language after Creole and/or an indigenous language. All in all there are 6 different ethnicities that can be found through our the region;Black/Creole, Mestizo, Miskito, Rama, Suma, Garifuna.
Domestic flights arrive from Managua. The flight is about $80 each way.
From Managua to Rama - about 6 hours. From Rama, take a speedboat called a "panga" to Bluefields. The boatride is about 2 hours.
There is now a dirt road from Rama to Bluefields, but there are no bus services. Bus service runs from Rama to Pearl Lagoon through Kukra River. From there you can take a panga to Bluefields
There is a boat leaving San Juan Del Norte every Wednesday at 8 am to Bluefields. It s the same Boat which goes to the Big Corn Island and Little Corn Island. There are pangas from Bluefields to and from: Rama, San Juan de Nicaragua (del Norte), Pearl Laggon, Haulover, Kukra River, Tasbapouni, La Cruz de Rio Grande, Karawala, Sandy Bay and El Bluff
10 cordobas (about $.50) per person anywhere you go. However coming from the airport with a lot of luggage they will charge you a 20 cordobas.
The Moravian Church, one block north of the docks.
El Bluff, village on an island 9 km from Bluefields. Walk through the village and you end up on a very long sand beach facing the Caribean Sea. Pangas leave from the docks as soon as there are 12 people. Last return at 5:30 pm.
Laguna de Perlas, beach up north, pangas leave in the morning for 150,000 cordobas.
Ask Roy at the Lobster Pot Hotel to take you to his farm.
Enjoy a Tona Cervesa at the balcony of the Cima club while you watch the rain slam the street in July.
Bluefields has a great local sports culture. Ask if there is anything going on in the Stadium and you may get a chance to see an electricly charged event of local athletic talent.
Palo de Mayo, a month long festival culminating during the 3rd week of May that showcases the mix of english and creole cultures.
Learn to speak "Miskito". Learn how to eat turtle. Learn to walk slow and smile.
Rondon - a coconut stew made with coconut milk yuca, platains and lobster, fish, beef, or chicken.
Vigorón - a mid-morning snack made with yuca, chicharones (fried pork skin) or flores (fried pork meat with chicharón) and cabbage salad (cabbage, carrots, tomatoes, vinegar, salt & pepper).
Frito - an evening meal made with tajada (fried green plantain), stewed chicken or pork, and cabbage salad.
Order the Camarones cocktail at the Bella Vista restaurant on the water.
Four brothers. Th-Su.
Bacchus, (On the main square).
Restaurante y club Flotante, (3 blocks south of the docks).
Lobster Pot Hotel. If you are there for more than a couple of nights tell Roy that you want a room for 100 cordobas a night, he will give it to you (instead of 150).
Hotel El Dorado, (Next to Lobster Pot). Very dodgy from the beds to the showers. Funky smell in the room. One night there is probably the maximum one can stand.Single without bath : 140 Cordobas / Single with bath 200 Cordobas.
Mini hotel y Cafetin Central, (By the Cima Club). Great rooms with cable TV and your own bathroom. Various breakfeast in the restaurant downstairs.
Hotel Campel, (Near Mangito Lane). Clean and friendly conditions (own Bathroom and Cable TV), all the taxis know where it is.A little more than Lobster Pot.
When traveling at night always take a taxi, especially around "Four Brothers". After 20 it is recommended you take a taxi. After 22. Always taxi. Do not carry more money than necessary. Do not flash expensive items (such as cameras) around. Use common sense. Don't go into small alleys.