Nagarote, Surrounded by Sheer Beauty
Nagarote is located in the Nicaraguan department of León. This stunning city is located just 42 km from the city of Managua between the natural wonders of the Pacific Ocean and the Lake Nicaragua. There are several interesting things to see in Nagarote and the people are very friendly. Nicaragua's Nagarote has formed a sister city alliance with Norwalk in Connecticut, USA, in an effort to promote community development. So if you are looking for somewhere a little different to go, head off to the lovely city of Nagarote.
The city of Nagarote itself is home to some 18,000 people whilst the rural areas surrounding it are inhabited by an estimated 14,000 people. Nagarote's economy is largely based on cattle ranching and agriculture. Its fertile soils give rise to crops such as soybeans, cotton, peanuts, corn, vegetables and tobacco. Salt is also produced in the municipality. It previously had a flourishing sea port called Puerto Sandino. This port was attacked in 1983, with much destruction to the facilities.
Nagarote is well-known for its stunning natural surroundings. The coastline extends some 24 km and has wide open beaches and sparkling waters. Xolotlán Lake is also a tourist hot-spot during the summer months. Nagarote boasts some of the best beaches in Nicaragua. Over and above the natural attractions in the municipality of Nagarote, there are also several interesting historical attractions. One such site is the Paochial Temple of Nagarote. This marvelous structure was declared a National Monument in December of 1955. The temple was constructed in 1575 in the style that was typical at the time. It is noted for is historical value and sheer stateliness. Another popular attraction worth visiting is the famous tree of Nagarote. This large tree has been in existence for some 950 years. A remarkable natural structure, the tree has been a constant feature in a growing city. A park has been created around the tree.
If you happen to be in Nicaragua towards the end of July, head off to Nagarote for the celebrations dedicated to the city's patron Santiago Apostle. Celebrations begin on 24 July with bullfights, games and dancing. 26 July is called Santa Ana day. Celebrations end on 28 July. Nagarote certainly has much to offer visitors and a trip there is well worth it.