Tranquility on Nicaragua’s Caribbean Coast
Nature lovers looking for a tranquil getaway spot may want to consider the territory of Pearl Lagoon in the Southern Autonomous Atlantic Region (RAAS) on the Caribbean Coast of Nicaragua. The little town of Pearl Lagoon has a selection of basic accommodation and makes an ideal base for exploring the natural and cultural attractions in the surrounding areas. With fresh fish, shrimp and lobster readily available, visitors can enjoy a variety of delicious cuisine which has been influenced by the various ethnic groups living there.
Located around 35 kilometers from the town are a group of small islands known as the Pearl Cays. With pure white sand beaches fringed with lush green palms and washed by the turquoise waters of the Caribbean, these uninhabited islands offer the opportunity to relax, swim, snorkel, fish and soak up the sun at leisure. The Pearl Cays are important from an ecological and conservation point of view as they are nesting sites for Hawksbill SeaTurtles, which are listed as critically endangered by the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature), and visitors to the islands should bear this in mind. Be sure to watch out for dolphins and a variety of fish when traveling by boat to the Pearl Cays.
Located within walking distance from the town of Pearl Lagoon is the small fishing village of Awas, inhabited primarily by Miskitos. The grasses, palms, creeks and shallow wetlands of the area are home to a huge variety of birds which are best observed at sunrise and sunset, but can also be spotted at other times of the day. Another way to enjoy the birds and scenery of the area is to travel by boat up one of the many rivers that empty into the lagoon. Local guides will highlight points of cultural interest, provide some history and introduce visitors to local indigenous settlements.
At Wawashang is an agricultural and forestry project set up by local non-profit organization FADCANIC. In addition to developing sustainable farming projects with local communities, the organization provides free education to the children living in this remote area. Visitors can hike along trails in the spectacular Wawashang Natural Reserve where they are likely to see a variety of bird species, interesting insects, monkeys, deer, and even sloths.