Travel Guide Central America Nicaragua Bluefields



Bluefields is a city on the Caribbean coast of Nicaragua. 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 throughout the region: Black/Creole, Mestizo, Miskito, Rama, Suma, Garifuna. For some reason, basketball is really popular around here and numerous jerseys of NBA teams of varying quality and authenticity are sold here.



Sights and Activities

  • 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 Caribbean Sea. Pangas leave from the docks as soon as there are 12 people. Last return at 5:30pm.
  • Laguna de Perlas, beach up north, pangas leave in the morning.



Getting There

By Plane

Domestic flights arrive from Managua. The flight is about US$80 each way. Some of the planes continue on to Big Corn Island after a short stay at the airport. There are also direct flights to/from Corn Island.

By Bus

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.

By Boat

There is a boat leaving San Juan Del Norte every Wednesday at 8:00am to Bluefields. Do check at the pier as the schedule is liable to change on a moment's notice. It is 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



Getting Around

By Car

C$10 (córdobas) per person anywhere you go. However coming from the airport with a lot of luggage they will charge you C$20.




  • 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, ☎ +505 88 40 75 31. 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 C$100 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 C$140, Single with bath C$200.
  • Mini hotel y Cafetin Central (By the Cima Club). Great rooms with cable TV and your own bathroom. Various breakfast 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.



Keep Connected


Internet cafes can be found in most larger cities and popular areas, but even in smaller towns you will usually be able to connect somewhere.
Wifi is generally free at most hotels, with the notable exception of larger chain hotels, which generally charge between US$3 and US$8 per day.


See also International Telephone Calls

The international phone code of Nicaragua is 505. The general emergency number is 911, though you can contact police (118), fire (115) and ambulance (128) separately if you want.

Nicaragua's cell phone system utilizes GSM 1900 technology. So, if you have a GSM phone that supports the 1900 band you can either use your phone as is at international rates or if your cell phone is unlocked , you can purchase a SIM card for your phone and you will have a local cell number and be charged local cell rates. Both Claro and Movistar provide cell phone service in the country. Claro is run by the old national phone company (ENITEL) that has now been privatized.

Another option is to buy a cell phone locally. Disposable cell phones are quite inexpensive, usually costing about US$20.

You can also purchase local prepaid phone cards that can be used at pay phone across the country. The different pay phone systems each have their own phone cards, so pay attention to which type you purchase.


Correos de Nicaragua provides postal services. It's fairly cheap but not extremely reliable or fast. Post offices are generally open Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 6:00 pm and Saturday from 8:00am to 1:00pm. Airmail postage for a standaard letter or postcard from Nicaragua to North America is US0.60 and US$1 to Europe. Mail takes on average between 7 and 10 days to get to the U.S. and Europe. Though it's fine for sending a postcard, you'd better use companies like TNT, DHL, UPS or FedEx to send parcels internationally.


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