Marvelous Malecóns


A malecón is a jetty, but in Nicaragua it is more like a boardwalk and a port. The San Jorge port, where people make connections to Ometepe Island is undergoing a facelift.

When it is completed, it will be a hub of activity with shops, new docks for the ferries, a new parking lot, hotels, restaurants, and a ferry station. When we returned from Granada to San Jorge to catch the ferry home, colorful banners and hundreds of swimmers greeted us for the upcoming Semana Santa week  (Easter week).

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Freshly planted coconut trees lined the pavement and waved a greeting to the new arrivals.

IMG_5262Although the ferry station was built several years ago, the landscaping crew busied themselves by making new walkways and planting flowers, trees, and other vegetation to adorn the surroundings.

IMG_5267A new stone retaining wall lines the dock protecting it from high waves and erosion.

IMG_5257The workers mixed cement and made picnic tables under palm-leafed gazebos.

Vendors hawked sunglasses galore.

IMG_7587Swimmers packed the beaches. The Nicaragua Network recently reported on the annual deaths over Semana Santa:

Nicaragua’s commemoration of Holy Week comes at the hottest and driest time of the year and so, along with attending the religious services and processions that mark Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday, two million people visited bathing spots on the country’s ocean coasts, lakes, and rivers this Holy Week. The Health Ministry reported that 34 people drowned between Palm Sunday and Easter, more by far than last year’s ten deaths by drowning. Last year many people stayed home out of fear of tsunamis when the country was under alert because of a series of earth tremblers. In contrast, other deaths were down from 2014. Traffic deaths this year totaled 12, while 15 people were murdered, down from 20 and 16 respectively last year. Crime in general dropped 34% over last year, according to the National Police who had mobilized 13,000 officers to all the vacation spots and religious processions in the country.

IMG_7577The express bus to Managua greets arrivals early in the morning and throughout the day.

IMG_5273This beautiful photo shows the port in Moyogalpa. I am looking forward to the development of a new malacón at the port.

Ometepe painting copyIn San Carlos the Gigantona greets passengers arriving and departing from the malecón.

IMG_7020The San Carlos malecón has free wi-fi!

IMG_7029A cart loaded with plantains awaits passengers.

IMG_7030The boats to the Solentiname Islands depart everyday at 3:00 from San Carlos.

IMG_7033A sculpture depicts Ometepe Island at the malacón in San Carlos.

IMG_7026Bienvenidos a Nicaragua. Home of the marvelous malecóns.

17 thoughts on “Marvelous Malecóns

  1. hI,
    great photos of the new area their building,can’t wait to see it all!
    would love to take you out to lunch ,when i arrive to chit chat,i will be there beg. of june.
    let me know if u would be interested .
    are their any yoga classes going on anywhere, or yoga retreats?
    or any barre classes?? i have friends that lead retreats worldwide , they may be interested in holding one here …
    hope to hear back from you!
    heidi

  2. Great renovation. So colorful, festive and inviting. The picture of the port with the volcano in the background is stunning and iconic. So many people in the water and many don’t know how to swim or get themselves out of trouble. Sad. I don’t know what the numbers are this year for spring break drownings here in Florida, but it happens.

    • Lynne, the view of Ometepe Island from the mainland is spectacular and the new banners flapping in the wind are so welcoming. Ron was a swimming coach, lifesaving instructor, and swimming teacher for most of his career. We cringe every time the annual report of drownings is released after Semana Santa. Alcohol + no swimming ability = dangerous combination.

  3. I find your posts extremely interesting but also wanted to compliment you on that fabulous photo of the beach with the 2 children, boats and horses looking on. Just an amazing shot!!!
    Thank you for giving my day a boost with it!!
    Karin.

  4. I understand there was recently an incident at the “Malecon” in Moyagalpa with the arrest of a long-time area businessman and confiscation of his half-completed (for about a decade) hotel there. Nobody will be sorry to see it come down but lots of questions about due process and property rights. Curious to hear more if you know anything?

    • Jon, I have a lot of information about the demolition of the 10 year old eyesore hotel at the port. The problem is that there are many rumors, so before I post anything about this, I’m trying to sort out the facts. I have to read La Prensa carefully because it is definitely one-sided. It’s been BIG news here and I’m a little concerned about due process and property rights, too.

  5. Wonderful post! I was once struck by a La Prensa headline, post Holy Week 90’s (in big font), “MENOS DE 100 MUERTOS” How relative is life…..

  6. great photos and it is sad about the drownings. This past year a group came from the US to train lifeguards for the coastal waters and donated several portable defibulators. Compared to the last three years, death by drowning from Carnival through Easter decreased 100% ! The young volunteers did an excellent job!

    • Lisa, I read that 25 people drowned or died in accidents in CR this Semana Santa. When will it end? They definitely need some lifesaving training and a basic ability to swim…if only to know how to turn on their backs and float. But, when alcohol plays a part, it is really dangerous. On Tuesday of this week, the launcha picked up the corpse of one of our neighbors who had been drinking heavily on Easter Sunday. His body floated in the lake for 2 days before he was discovered. So tragic.

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