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.
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.
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.
Go to Four brothers Th-Su.
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).
If you are a little too snobby for the Lobster Pot you probably should have just gone straight to Corn Island, :) but you can stay at the "mini hotel" by the Cima Club. the rooms are great with cable TV and your own bathroom.
For a little more then then Lobster Pot but less the rest with clean and friendly conditions(your own Bthroom and Cable TV) is Hotel Campel, Near Mangito Lane all the taxis know where it is.
When traveling at night always take a taxi, especially around "Four Brothers".