Discover a unique way of living in harmony with nature, shielded from the buzzing interference of everyday electronics. Breathe deeper, sleep sounder, and live healthier in our Low-EMF community.
Welcome to ISLA: Your Low-EMF Sanctuary at Gran Pacifica
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What Is Low-EMF Living
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Electromagnetic fields (EMF) are everywhere in our tech-driven world. From cell phones to Wi-Fi, these invisible waves constantly surround us. Studies suggest that excessive EMF exposure can have negative effects on our well-being.
There are few low-EMF villages in the US and few, if any, in Central America. ECI has committed to developing an Innovative Sustainable Lifestyle Alternative (ISLA) neighborhood within Gran Pacifica Resort in Nicaragua. Gran Pacifica is an ideal location to develop a low-EMF zone because of its remote location.
Over the past 20 years, interest in Nicaragua and the ex-pat community has grown substantially. The low cost of living compared to neighboring countries, plus providing the same geographical benefits, has driven more and more Americans/ Canadians to relocate to Nicaragua each year.
The beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic caused a massive paradigm shift in adults of all ages regarding where in the world to call home. The ability to maintain an income remotely from anywhere in the world is becoming increasingly accessible and is a significant catalyst for the growing ex-pat population in Nicaragua. This nation has stood as a bastion of personal liberty, especially noted during recent global challenges, by refraining from lockdowns and mandates, preserving the sanctity of individual choice and business continuity.
If relocating to a low-EMF zone where you can enjoy a much lower cost of living than North America is on your agenda, then Gran Pacifica’s ISLA was explicitly designed for you! Enjoy year-round warm temperatures, and be a short walk from the beach while enjoying peace of mind.
Benefits of Low-EMF Living
Quality family time at the beach in Gran Pacifica
Improved Sleep Quality
In the tranquil embrace of a low-EMF environment, residents often discover the profound impact such conditions can have on their sleep quality. The absence of pervasive electromagnetic fields can allow the body’s natural rhythms to flourish uninterrupted by modern technology’s subtle but pervasive influence. As sleep is cradled in the arms of this quietude, it deepens and becomes more restorative, renewing the mind and body with greater efficiency. In this sanctuary, the usual buzz accompanying our tech-laden world is replaced with a serene calm, possibly alleviating sleep disorders and ensuring that individuals awaken feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. This environment may be particularly beneficial for those sensitive to electromagnetic frequencies, for whom a reduction in nighttime exposure can significantly improve sleep quality.
Enhanced Mental Clarity
Navigating through a world with minimized electromagnetic interference, the mind may experience newfound clarity. In a setting where the air is nearly free from EMFs, cognitive processes can operate with increased acuity, free from the potential fog that some believe is associated with high EMF levels. The result is an environment conducive to focus, learning, and creativity. The clarity that comes from living in a low-EMF space can foster a heightened sense of presence and engagement, allowing for a more mindful approach to daily tasks and interactions and, ultimately, a more productive and fulfilling lifestyle.
Reduced Stress and Anxiety
The pursuit of a low-EMF lifestyle can be a crucial contributor to reducing overall stress and anxiety levels. In a world where the hum of technology is ever-present, finding refuge in spaces designed to cut down on electromagnetic chatter can be akin to a breath of fresh air for the nervous system. The gentle reprieve from the invisible pressures of our wired world may support a more relaxed state of being, lower physiological stress responses, and encourage a peaceful state of mind. Such environments may provide a sense of calm and a haven from the relentless pace of contemporary life, offering residents a chance to unwind fully and engage with their surroundings more harmoniously.
Minimized Exposure to Potential Health Risks.
Embracing a low-EMF lifestyle is a precaution, prioritizing minimizing exposure to potential health risks associated with electromagnetic fields. While the science on the long-term effects of EMF exposure continues to evolve, living in an environment with reduced EMF levels can be a proactive measure to safeguard one’s health. This approach resonates with the principle of preventive wellness, mitigating the unknown variables associated with the ubiquitous presence of EMFs in the modern landscape. It’s a choice that reflects a thoughtful consideration of the environment we inhabit and its potential impacts on our well-being, now and in the future.
Summary of Benefits of Low-EMF Living
- Health and Wellness: Low-EMF environments may contribute to better health and well-being for residents. Some people report being sensitive to EMFs and experiencing symptoms such as headaches, fatigue, and sleep disturbances. Reducing EMF exposure can alleviate these symptoms and support overall wellness.
- Improved Sleep Quality: EMF exposure may interfere with the body’s natural sleep cycles, particularly at night. Living in a low-EMF environment can contribute to more restful and restorative sleep, essential for physical health and cognitive function.
- Reduced Stress Levels: Chronic exposure to high levels of EMFs may act as a stressor to the body, increasing cortisol and other stress hormones. Low-EMF living spaces can help in creating a more calming and stress-reduced environment.
- Enhanced Mental Clarity: Some studies suggest high EMF exposure may affect cognitive functions. Lower EMF levels can improve focus and mental clarity by reducing the electromagnetic interference that may affect brain function.
- Environmental Sensitivity: For environmentally sensitive or with conditions like Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity (EHS), low-EMF homes can provide a sanctuary that accommodates their health needs.
- Long-Term Health Benefits: While the scientific community continues to research EMFs and their impact, adopting a precautionary approach by minimizing EMF exposure could have long-term health benefits, contributing to residents’ overall wellness and longevity.
- Peace of Mind: Regardless of the ongoing scientific debate, living in a low-EMF environment can offer peace of mind to those concerned about the possible effects of electromagnetic pollution.
Remember that scientific opinions on the health impacts of EMFs can vary. While some people are proactive in reducing their EMF exposure, current guidelines by most health authorities suggest that the EMFs produced by household devices are within safe limits for the general population. However, the philosophy of a low-EMF lifestyle is to minimize this exposure as part of a holistic approach to health and wellness.
The ISLA Low-EMF Neighborhood at Gran Pacifica
Surf one of two great breaks along 3.5 miles of Pacific beach
ISLA Phase I is an 83-home community developed on the Pacific coastline of Nicaragua. Its remote location makes ISLA ideally situated for developing a low-EMF neighborhood.
Before choosing to develop ISLA at this specific location, EMF levels were measured so that GRAN PACIFICA would be assured that EMF levels were sufficiently low to ensure good health.
There is a dedicated group of professionals behind this project who understand the lack of communities for people who are sensitive to and sickened by EMF radiation. GRAN PACIFICA is dedicated to providing a community for people who usually don’t have other options.
A healthier, more balanced life. This is the ultimate goal, and ISLA, Gran Pacifica’s low-EMF- EMF Community, is focused on delivering a lifestyle that embodies this philosophy.
One rule that stands out often throughout your research on the potential health effects of EMF exposure is to spend time in Nature. You can only get closer to nature as the teak forest buffers ISLA. With the opportunity to add even more organic, natural, and sustainable flora, ISLA provides an ideal shield against exposure to EMF.
Benefits of Owning at ISLA
In the heart of Nicaragua, where verdant forests meet the whispering sea, ISLA stands as a visionary community, marrying the art of living with the wisdom of sustainability. Each home is a testament to thoughtful design tailored to the nuances of your desires. Here, personalization is not just an option but a promise, with a company dedicated to crafting houses and sanctuaries that are safe, secure, and resonate with your dreams.
Within this nurturing enclave, you’re not just acquiring property but embracing a lifestyle where freedom and ownership intertwine seamlessly. ISLA owners are granted a ‘Fee Simple Title’ (HPR Escritura Publica), ensuring 100% ownership of their home and land—your slice of paradise, unequivocally yours.
Surrounding you are kindred spirits—a community of like-minded individuals who celebrate your decision to relocate and provide a bastion of support and safety. The spirit of camaraderie here transcends mere neighborliness, fostering a sanctuary where one can thrive amidst collective goodwill.
In embracing Nicaragua’s gentle climes, ISLA residents reap the rewards of a low cost of living without compromise. The remarkable amenities of Gran Pacifica are but a stone’s throw away, enriching daily life with both convenience and luxury. Moreover, this nation has stood as a bastion of personal liberty, especially noted during recent global challenges, by refraining from lockdowns and mandates, preserving the sanctity of individual choice and business continuity.
Nicaragua, by its resolute stance echoed by only a few countries worldwide, has said a firm ‘no’ to overreaching health regulations. This sovereign integrity extends to ISLA, where the values of personal freedom and health autonomy are not just upheld but celebrated.
Statistics speak volumes, painting Nicaragua as a sanctuary within Central America, recognized as the friendliest and one of the safest nations, a tranquil neighbor to Canada in the Northern Hemisphere. Here, the promise of safety is not a luxury but a ubiquitous reality, allowing peace of mind to be as natural as the gentle evening breeze.
As you meander through the community, the abundance of ISLA becomes evident. Plentiful clean water and easy access to organic, locally sourced sustenance—from the day’s freshest catch to grass-fed meats and free-range poultry—await at remarkably affordable prices. This isn’t just about embracing a new home; it’s about indulging in a cornucopia of nature’s finest, enriching your table and life.
Join us at ISLA, where the future is being woven into the present, where health, safety, community, personal freedom, and harmony with technology are not just aspirations but everyday realities, all set against the backdrop of breathtaking natural splendor. Here, you don’t just live; you thrive affordably and beautifully in a community that’s as forward-thinking as it is grounded in the virtues of a life well-lived.
Available Home Sites & Lots
We offer a range of prime lots, each carefully selected to offer privacy, views, and easy access to community amenities.
- Coastal views, hilltop breezes, or nestled forest plots.
- Each lot is priced at $80,000 USD. But remember, the lot is free when you purchase a home to be built on it!
The ISLA Neighborhood at Gran Pacifica
ISLA homes are designed to harmonize with the environment while providing a modern, luxurious living experience.
ISLA will be nestled beside a lush teak forest within walking distance of a pristine volcanic lava sand beach that is world-renowned as an ‘epic’ surf spot.
The initial phase of the design and buildout plan for the ISLA community includes 83 homesites with various home models that range from a 1-bedroom loft-style with a roof-top patio for $179,000 to a 3-bedroom family-style for $369,000. Custom features and additional EMF mitigation can seamlessly be integrated into the basic designs.
Homesites begin as low as $79,900 with up to 80% financing available. While it is possible to purchase just a homesite, when ownership includes both lot and home, the land component is discounted substantially. Reservations will be time/date stamped for homesite and home model choice.
Isla Home Models
Modrońo – Starting at $179,000 USD
A fully equipped model with a Full Bedroom, Full Bathroom, Living Area, and Full Kitchen. This model is the perfect affordable starter home with optional amenities that can be added.
Laurel – Starting at $269,00 USD
1-bedroom, 1-bathroom home with open living room, kitchen, dining area and a garden terrace. There is also a front terrace, with 700 ft2 enclosed space and over 400 ft2 of rear terrace.
Guapinol – Starting at $299,000 USD
2-bedroom, 1-bathroom home with open living, dining and kitchen. There are terraces in the front and garden side of the house with 800 ft2 of enclosed area plus 409 ft2 for the side terraces.
Ceiba – Starting at $369,000 USD
2-bedroom, 2-bathroom home with open living, dining, and kitchen area and three outdoor terraces, with 1100 ft2 enclosed and 540 ft2 of roof terraces.
Caoba – Starting at $399,000 USD
3-bedroom and 2-bathroom house and two terraces with 1300 ft2 enclosed space and 385 ft2 of outdoor space in terraces.
Renderings are for illustrative purposes only and are subject to change.*
Prices as of August 2023 and are subject to change. Contact us for recent prices
Technical Specs of ISLA Homes
Our residential community represents the pinnacle of thoughtful design and modern living, harmoniously balancing health-conscious innovation with luxurious comfort. Our homes are bastions of tranquility in an increasingly connected world, designed to offer a sanctuary from the pervasive tide of EMFs.
All the homes within ISLA will be built according to “the guiding principles of Building Biology” and under the consultation of a certified building biologist. This means using ecologically sound regional materials to minimize internal EMFs, EMRs, and EMIs and provide maximum protection from external exposures. A broadband fiber optic ‘wired’ Ethernet will offer safe and secure internet communications. Building Biologists agree: Ethernet (wired) internet connections are healthier than wireless. Cyber specialists agree Ethernet (wired) internet connections perform better with significantly more security and privacy than wireless.
The meticulous planning of our homes extends to the selection of building materials known for their naturally low-EMF characteristics, specialized wiring configurations that minimize electromagnetic fields, and state-of-the-art connectivity solutions that provide speedy internet service without the intrusion of high EMFs. We’ve also integrated extra shielding within walls and ceilings, fortifying your living space against external EMF sources.
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The infrastructure has been strategically designed with the power path to each home optimized to mitigate potential intrahouse and interhouse issues. Electrically neutral transformers are positioned a safe distance away—a minimum of 10 feet—from any home to extend this distance wherever possible. Our commitment to health and safety is evident in our choice of hardwired internet services, and we are actively engaging with local providers to ensure the routers supplied meet our stringent low-EMF standards.
The houses are a blueprint for a healthier lifestyle, with high EMF-emitting appliances and electrical panels installed as far from sleeping and living areas as is practical. This consideration is echoed in using metal mesh in exterior finishes, roofing, and protective screening over all openings. We prioritize non-conductive PEX or PVC piping and metal-clad electrical wiring, with digital (non-smart) electrical meters discreetly placed away from living spaces.
Residents will have control over their home’s electromagnetic atmosphere with a remotely controlled kill switch for the main electrical panel, allowing for the shutdown of the entire system or specific sections. The placement of outdoor AC units and lighting has been thoughtfully considered to enhance comfort without compromising EMF safety. Furthermore, while shielding curtains are primarily unnecessary due to our comprehensive mesh screening, they remain an available upgrade for those seeking added reassurance.
It’s worth noting that the existing EMF levels in the area are minimal, attributed to the sparse local infrastructure, rich vegetation, and distance from communication towers. However, our forward-thinking approach means we are not just crafting homes for today’s environment but future-proofing them against imminent technological advancements like Starlink. Our vision is to establish a community that revels in a low-EMF experience today and continues to thrive in a safe, healthy environment for generations.
The Community & Lifestyle
As ISLA develops and more residents make the community their full-time home, adjacent land will be perfect for developing permaculture gardens. Gran Pacifica will partner with Jim Gale and the Food Forest Abundance organization to get started; by leveraging the science of permaculture (permanent agriculture) and working in harmony with nature, Nicaragua’s fertile soil will yield remarkable amounts of clean, seasonal, fresh food.
Future plans for ISLA include a restaurant, retreat center, and even a school – all powered by an offsite solar farm and supplied with fresh filtered well water. The open-air clubhouse, swimming pool, parks, yoga gazebo, and horseback riding trails already on the Gran Pacifica property will be available to all ISLA residents.
According to Jack Kruse, MD – an American neurosurgeon and specialist in the health implications of EMF exposure (and resident of neighboring country El Salvador) “the volcanic lava sand along this area of the Pacific coast holds a unique net-negative charge that releases massive free electrons”…this exponentially increases the many health benefits of breathing the air, walking on the beach and swimming in the sea.
Food Forest Resiliency
Climate change has made it increasingly difficult to grow crops successfully, as weather patterns are changing and excessive rainfall or heat make it next to impossible to grow annual crops in many places, which is why ISLA will be partnering with Food Forest Abundance so we not only don’t contribute to the problem but be part of the solution.
What is a Food Forest?
A forest garden, also known as a food forest, adopts a planting approach that mirrors the natural growth patterns found in wild ecosystems to enhance the yield of edible crops. This approach takes on a multi-dimensional structure, encouraging plant growth in every possible direction—reaching upward, burrowing downward, and spreading outward, much like the sprawling branches of a tree or the outstretched petals of a blooming flower.
Envision a food forest as cultivating an eclectic garden. Planting a singular flower species is simple, yet the creation becomes significantly more striking when introducing a diverse mix of species. This diversity adds to the aesthetic charm and promotes various benefits for the soil and local biodiversity. Variegated gardens present a feast for the eyes and serve as a haven for ecological benefits. For example, while bees may prefer sure blossoms over others, introducing their favored flowers alongside others that typically attract less bee activity increases the chances of cross-pollination due to the more attractive species nearby.
Similarly, food forests leverage the advantages of planting many edible species together. This method doesn’t just beautify the landscape, it enriches the nutritional value and enhances the growth potential compared to cultivating a single crop in isolation.
How Do Food Forests Work?
A food forest employs a layered cultivation approach, creating an environment where the forest or garden replenishes itself, eliminating the need for the annual sowing of seeds. This system proves to be more productive than conventional gardening.
Consider an individual who grows food in their own space, engaging in a rewarding hobby contributing to sustainability. Frequenting the grocery store often leads to using plastic only if one opts for reusable bags. Thus, initiating a food forest not only boosts the volume of food produced but also aids in reducing carbon footprints by cutting down on plastic usage in stores.
Aligned with permaculture principles, which support the development of autonomous ecosystems, a food forest can yield sustenance for numerous years after it has been properly planted and conditioned to sustain itself. In addition to reducing plastic waste, food forests work in harmony with the natural environment by cultivating a diverse mix of flora, which naturally deters pests and promotes self-regeneration without the need for synthetic additives.
The deliberate arrangement in food forests is designed to surpass the natural efficiency found in the wild, showcasing its uniqueness and superiority over traditional agricultural methods. The strategic layering of vegetation ensures a self-maintaining cycle of growth, natural pest control, pollinator attraction, and soil revitalization that requires minimal human intervention.
In a typical forest garden, seven layers are recognized: the canopy, low tree layer, shrub layer, herb layer, ground cover, and the vertical layer of climbers and creepers. A distinguishing feature sometimes includes the rhizosphere or mycelial layer, which breaks down organic matter and fosters fungal growth, setting a food forest apart from a natural woodland. The advantage of these layers is their ability to support a dense and diverse growth of plant life, yielding an abundant harvest even without extensive farming land. This approach is increasingly important in agriculture, as climate change exacerbates farmlands’ challenges through events like wildfires and droughts.
How is a Food Forest Different from a Traditional Forest?
While a food forest strives to emulate the bountiful characteristics of a natural forest, there are distinct differences between the two.
In a food forest, a selection of plants is curated to replicate the ecological framework of a natural forest. This includes planting various trees and vegetation commonly found in wild forests to foster an environment conducive to their growth as it would occur in the wild.
Conversely, a natural forest is composed of a more significant number of layers, which present a complexity that a food forest might only partially replicate. These layers in a natural forest include the canopy, which is the loftiest layer dominated by towering trees such as oaks and maples that form a protective cover over the layers below. The understory contains younger, shorter trees that shelter the forest’s wildlife. Beneath that, shrubbery – often consisting of berry bushes and other dense vegetation – proliferates. Like diminutive wildflowers, herbs reside just above the forest floor, adding to the understory’s diversity. The forest floor is a biological tapestry of fallen leaves, earthworms, fungi, and microorganisms, all playing a crucial role in decomposing organic material into fertile soil.
Although a food forest may not entirely mirror the complexity of a traditional forest’s structure, this does not detract from its value as a sustainable gardening practice for those interested in cultivating their food sources.
What Are The Benefits of Food Forests?
Those who cultivate a food forest or an abundant garden will discover many advantages. A key benefit is the emphasis on nurturing the vitality of trees, perennials, shrubs, and other plants capable of self-propagation. This is achieved by dense planting, bringing plants closer together, and using ground covers that shade the earth, reducing weed growth. A food forest advocates for companion planting with species that fix nitrogen, accumulate minerals, and draw beneficial insects that predate on harmful pests, eliminating the need for damaging pesticides. These companion plants bolster the resilience of the crops and aromatic herbs against environmental stressors, removing the necessity for chemical fertilizers that contribute to increased emissions. Since a food forest aligns with nature, akin to climate-smart agriculture, maintenance requirements are minimal, and the result is a thriving ecosystem resembling a naturally occurring outdoor garden and an attractive landscape feature, a food forest delivers substantial environmental and yield advantages.
As previously mentioned, the plant diversity within a food forest draws a broader array of insects, which assist in pollination and pest control. Food forests also capitalize on the landscape’s contours to maximize rainwater capture, providing a renewable hydration source for the plants. Furthermore, a food forest’s strategic layout protects crops from unpredictable weather conditions like strong winds. Traditional gardens are usually only composed of one flat layer of vegetables, and food forests simulate the verticality of forests to create a highly diverse ecosystem. Typically, food forests are composed of seven layers, though depending on scale, they can be slightly less and still function similarly. These layers are:
- Canopy, composed of large fruit and nut trees
- Understory, composed of dwarf fruit trees
- Shrubs, such as blueberries or currants
- Perennials or herbaceous plants
- Soil surface, composed of ground cover crops like creeping thyme
- Soil/rhizosphere, composed of root crops
- The vertical layer, composed of climbing vines
One of the most significant benefits of a food forest is its self-sustaining nature, eliminating the need for annual replanting once it reaches maturity. While fauna such as deer or rabbits may forage on specific herbs, many won’t find the food forest’s offerings tempting, or the produce will be out of reach, like mushrooms nestled in tree nooks. Even if some vegetation experiences disturbance, the regenerative design of a food forest ensures that these plants can quickly recover, thanks to the ecosystem’s inherent ability to rejuvenate itself.
Promoting a circular economy, from composting to rainwater harvesting. food forests can help to mitigate climate change by reducing the need for transportation and storage of food, as the food is grown and consumed in the community. Another benefit of food forests is that they can help to conserve water. The deep roots of trees and shrubs in a food forest can help to retain moisture in the soil, reducing the need for irrigation. Additionally, the diverse range of plants in a food forest can help to prevent erosion and improve soil health, which can further reduce water consumption. Trees of different sizes produce nuts and fruit, while their shade can support a variety of fresh, flavorful mushrooms, herbs, and berries. Trees also improve air quality and retain water, as well as their ability to sequester carbon.
Sustainably grow with us in ISLA’s food forest. Our community emphasizes permaculture, ensuring a resilient food system by partnering with Food Forest Abundance. Come together as a community to learn about nutrition, healthy eating, food preparation, and preservation. Trees of different sizes produce nuts and fruit, while their shade can support a variety of fresh, flavorful mushrooms, herbs, and berries. Trees also improve air quality and retain water, as well as their ability to sequester carbon.
Have access to sustainability-grown food in ISLA’s food forest and Come together as a community to learn about nutrition, healthy eating, food preparation, and preservation. Join us now!
Nicaragua is Central America’s fastest-growing ex-pat destination country for people worldwide who care about affordable living, health, and personal freedoms. Communities of the like-minded / like–hearted are being established through out Nicaragua on both coasts and in the midland mountains.
Nicaragua is currently one of the easiest and most rewarding places for an American tourist or expat to visit or live. These opportunities are driven by affordable real estate, low taxes, and a low cost of living coupled with a sustainable, high quality of life. However, that isn’t all that Nicaragua has to offer.
Nicaragua’s natural and architectural beauty is unmatched. The country also offers a helpful retiree benefits program and quality universal healthcare. Nicaragua holds bragging rights to being the safest country in all of Central America. As you begin your journey towards retirement decisions, seek investment opportunities, or plan for your next vacation destination, take a deeper look into why you should consider Nicaragua.
Endless miles of untouched Pacific beach
Nicaragua is situated in Central America between Honduras and Costa Rica. It is conveniently located less than two and a half hours away from Miami or Houston by air, making it ripe for tourism and full-time living.
It takes about five and a half hours to drive from the North to the South of the country along the Pan-American Highway. Traveling from West to East is most accessible by plane.
An impressive 17.3% of the Nicaraguan mainland is protected national parks and nature reserves. Because of these vast reserves, many of Nicaragua’s unique natural wonders are pristine. Furthermore, they are open to tourism and, in general, are easily accessible by car or public transportation.
Nicaragua’s geography is exciting and unique in several ways. For starters, the country is split in half by a rainforest, which has created a Spanish-speaking population on the Pacific coast and an English-speaking population on the Atlantic coast.
Nicaragua is slightly larger than Pennsylvania, making it the largest country in Central America. Though Nicaragua is divided in two by the rainforest, geographically, it has three separate regions: the Pacific Plains, the Central Mountains, and the Atlantic Plains.
The western flank of the country is the most developed region, economically speaking, evidenced by a third of the Nicaraguan population living around Managua alone. It is known for being the region with the most volcanoes and lakes within Nicaragua.
The Pacific Plains run from Nicaragua’s northwestern border with Honduras to its southwestern border with Costa Rica. Here, you will find the famous Lake Nicaragua and some of Nicaragua’s most famous volcanoes along the Maribios volcanic chain, Masaya, Maderas, and Momotombo.
Both Nicaraguan plain regions are hotter and drier than the Central region. However, the Pacific region is where you find most resort communities, modern cities, and cultural heritage in the Spanish colonial cities of Granada and León.
As the name suggests, the Central region takes up most of the area in the center of Nicaragua from north to south. It is a mountainous region with little to no flat terrain. This may make travel a bit slower, but fortunately, the altitude gives respite to the heat-weary traveler since it lowers the average temperature significantly.
You can find some of Central Region’s most impressive Nicaraguan cloud forests. The flora and the fauna of these forests include mahogany, cedar, orchids, 200 species of birds, cougars, ocelots, and the jaguarundi. This region has tremendous opportunities for hiking and other outdoor activities, such as mountain climbing and camping.
This region is responsible for a quarter of Nicaragua’s agricultural production. Farms in this region specialize in coffee and cigar tobacco, primarily near the city of Estelí. One can taste lush, untouched nature, authentic local cuisine, and Spanish colonial influences here.
Though a traveler can find pristine nature throughout Nicaragua, the Atlantic Lowlands are the true definition of untouched. It covers 56.2% of Nicaragua’s land mass, yet only 10% of its population lives in this region. Due to the thinly dispersed population and the fact that there are few big cities in the area, this part of the Nicaraguan rainforest has thrived and become a destination for hardy eco-tourists.
The many rivers that flow through this primarily forested region are usually the only form of transportation from one town to another. Before you visit, you should ensure you are prepared and bring suitable provisions.
Spanish is the primary language on the West Coast, and inhabitants are primarily of mestizo descent. On the East coast of Nicaragua, English and several indigenous languages are the primary languages spoken since nearly 100% of the population is of indigenous or West Indian descent.
The culture of the Eastern coast of Nicaragua has a definitively more Caribbean feel than the rest of Nicaragua. This adds to the diversity of foreign and domestic cultural influences on the country.
Here, as in the Central region, one can find all kinds of flora and fauna. Just another reason eco-tourists will find themselves enamored with Nicaragua.
The two most visited sites in this region are the port of Bluefields and the Corn Islands, just off Nicaragua’s coast. Bluefields is a relatively small city with an exciting mix of Spanish, Indigenous, African, and English cultures that cannot be found elsewhere. The Corn Islands are a Caribbean paradise with an abundance of aquatic activities.
Stunning vistas from the top of the Masaya Volcano
Weather & Climate
As with other parts of Central and South America, Nicaragua’s climate does not conform to the four seasons model familiar in North America. For example, you can’t quickly determine the temperature by the time of year it is. Instead, the temperature is gaged by what region you are in. The temperature is broken up into three areas.
The first of these areas is the lowlands on the Pacific and Atlantic coasts. They are the hottest, with temperatures ranging from 73° F after sunset to 86° F and above during the daytime. The second of these areas is the central region, where temperatures will range between 63° F and 77° F, depending on the time of day.
The weather along the coast in the Gran Pacifica area of Nicaragua is tropical – azure blue skies and golden sunshine prevail during the day most of the year. Within walking distance of the Pacific Ocean, ISLA will be an ideal location to establish an indoor-outdoor lifestyle that is deeply nourishing for the body and mind. Temperatures cool after sunset, and a black nighttime sky offers millions of diamond-like sparkling stars.
Determining the amount of rainfall in Nicaragua is dependent on what region you are in. Concerning precipitation, Nicaragua is usually split into three areas: east, west, and the mountains. The east usually receives much more rain than the west, and the hills in the north receive the least.
However, there are seasonal fluctuations that create Nicaragua’s two seasons: the dry season and the rainy season. The dry season is usually between January and June. At the same time, the rainy season is generally between July and December.
Nicaragua is a warm tropical country for which you should come prepared with light clothing. A light jacket could be necessary for a visit to the Northern Area (Matagalpa, Estelí, Ocotal, etc.), as temperatures do drop significantly in those areas.
Some parts of Nicaragua have more rainfall than others, but you should bring rainproof clothes since they all incur significant rain.
Enjoy fresh organic fruits and vegetables at a fraction of the cost
Nicaragua’s current population is 6,837,646 people. Of those nearly 7 million, 69% are Mestizo (Indigenous and White), 17% are White, 9% are Black, and 5% are Indigenous. Language-wise, 95.3% of the population speaks Spanish as their first language. However, there are minorities of 4.7% that speak indigenous or Creole languages. Nicaragua is a significant country regarding emigration since approximately 2 million Nicaraguan citizens live abroad. To put that in perspective, that’s nearly 30% of their current population.
According to the Nicaraguan government, Spanish is the official language. However, their Spanish is different from traditional or European Spanish. Nicaraguan Spanish uses the more formal “ustedes” and “vos” conjugations instead of the “vosotros” and “tu” conjugations used in Spain. They also have a unique accent that differs from other Spanish-speaking countries. Though Spanish is the mother tongue for most Nicaraguans, there are language minorities on the eastern seaboard who speak indigenous and Creole languages. On the other hand, English as a second and bilingual language is on the rise.
Our Lady of the Assumption Cathedral, Granada City
Historically, the western and central regions of Nicaragua have been predominantly Catholic. Over 90% of Nicaragua’s population are members of Christian denominations. Approximately 73% of Nicaraguans follow the Roman Catholic religion, with about 15% attending evangelical churches. Around 2% are part of the Moravian Church, and some 0.1 percent are joined to the Episcopal Church. There are also religious minorities such as Muslims and Jehovah’s Witnesses, just over 2% of the population. 15.7% of Nicaraguans said that they have no religion
The official Nicaraguan currency is the Córdoba, named after Francisco Hernández de Córdoba. Bills exist in denominations of 10, 20, 50, 100, and 500 Córdobas, with coins in 25 cents, 50 cents, 1 and 5 Córdobas. However, most Nicaraguan stores and services accept United States dollars, for which the generally accepted exchange rate is 36.4 Córdobas to the dollar as of April 2023. If you pay with dollars, you will most likely receive your change in Córdobas. Euros are less common, and you will probably need to exchange them for Córdobas.
Palacio National de Cultura, Nicaragua
Nicaragua is currently a democratic republic. There are four branches of government (Executive, Legislative, Electoral, and Judicial). Their system of branches is similar to that of the U.S., except that they have a separate electoral branch that is in charge of organizing all governmental elections.
The President (Executive Branch) is the Head of State and the Commander in Chief, similar to the U.S. president. Nicaraguan presidents are elected for five-year terms.
The Legislative Branch (The National Assembly) is unicameral and voted to 5-year terms. The people from party lists elect representatives. However, specific presidential candidates who lose but receive many votes during the elections are also given seats.
The Judicial Branch functions similarly to its U.S. counterpart. They have a Supreme Court as well. Nicaraguan Supreme Court judges are only in power for five years before needing reelection by the National Assembly.
Sacuanjoche/Plumeria – National Flower
Nicaraguan Flag & National Symbols
The Nicaraguan flag originates from the short-lived United States of Central America, of which they were a part. The U.S.C.A. used the same colors for their flag. Nicaragua officially adopted the flag on September 4, 1908. The symbol in the middle of the flag consists of a triangle encircled by the words “República de Nicaragua America Central.” The triangle symbolizes Nicaragua’s shape and has five volcanoes, symbolizing the five states that comprise the United States of Central America.
Nicaragua in colorful traditional dress
The Nicaraguan culture is not well known internationally, yet it is one of the most welcoming, diverse, and vibrant Central American countries. Nicaragua is a unique mix of Amerindian solid, British, Caribbean, and Spanish cultures. Depending on the area that you are in, certain parts of those cultures will be easily visible.
By mixing so many cultures, variety is the spice of life in all aspects of Nicaraguan culture. Whether it’s their cuisine, literature, or language, there is a mixing of the rich parts of each culture, which creates the larger Nicaraguan culture.
Additionally, Nicaraguans have had a passion for literature for centuries, visible through their great writers such as Ruben Dario, renowned worldwide as the father of Modernism. This passion also translates into a strong focus on reading and writing at all levels of education. Currently, the Nicaraguan literacy rate is around 83%, which proves that even some of the poorest in Nicaragua still share the same literary passion. Nicaragua’s accessible and rigorous public education system is the impetus for its surprisingly high literacy rate and another sign of its commitment to education.
Gran Pacifica: The Bigger Picture
With over 27 years of experience building international communities, Gran Pacifica’s Parent Company, ECI, is thrilled to introduce the ISLA community to their Nicaraguan Beach and Golf Resort.
Gran Pacifica Beach & Golf Resort, Nicaragua’s premier residential community and resort, features a beautiful Spanish Colonial community nestled along 3.5 miles of stunning Pacific coast. It offers immaculate private residences, world-class vacation rentals, and comfortable long-term accommodations. The resort includes over 75 colonial homes with more under construction, and lifestyle neighborhoods like the EVA Tiny Home Community near Asuchillo Surf Beach, the luxurious BELA family home complex, San Diego Viejo, and MILA communities. Las Perlas Oceanfront Village, a condominium/hotel complex, boasts two pools and an award-winning restaurant serving seafood, steak, and craft cocktails. Gran Pacifica’s infrastructure, designed with UDA, includes underground power lines, 100% purified water, high-speed internet and Wi-Fi with a fiber optic backbone, many U.S. based TV channels, and a complete sewer system.
The site selected for ISLA is at Gran Pacifica on the Pacific coast of Nicaragua. A scenic 45-minute drive from Managua, Gran Pacifica is in the Villa El Carmen municipality. Managua offers first-class healthcare facilities (conventional and alternative), shopping, gourmet dining, and an international airport.
ISLA is nestled within the prestigious Gran Pacifica Resort, ensuring you enjoy the best of both worlds.
Gran Pacifica Activities
This is the first time you’ve golfed 9-holes like this. Our pristine greens are something to experience, with challenges for beginners and advanced players alike. The surroundings are peaceful and lush, with the nearby San Diego River, ocean, ponds, and a natural vista. This is the way golf was meant to be played.
Explore Gran Pacifica’s majestic beach and grounds on horseback. Choose your own path with guided tours featuring exciting beach or volcano views. Enjoy a leisurely pace on a fully trained horse, specially picked for your experience and comfort.
Surfing along the Pacifica coast of Nicaragua is an experience every avid surfer must have. Gran Pacifica Resort is fortunate to have a break considered one of the best in Central America. So grab your board and take a ride on the tide!
Nature lovers will be delighted and enchanted by our Central American Garden of Eden. Gran Pacifica Resort has the perfect conditions for bird-watching, where you can appreciate many aquatic and land birds, local and migratory. Walk the trails and enjoy ocean views in the shadow of a volcano.
Everybody loves a day at the beach. What a glorious feeling to have that beach right outside your door. Gran Pacifica boasts 3-and-a-half miles of pristine, unspoiled beachfront, with soft, sugary sand and majestic blue waters. Cast your line for some fishing. Play volleyball or Frisbee. Or enjoy a quiet picnic in the heart of paradise.
The Spa at Gran Pacifica Resort provides guests with relaxing massages in its new beachfront location. A Swedish massage’s long strokes and kneading relieve tired muscles and enhance circulation and skin tone as all your tension and stress slip away.
Sea Salt Restaurant
Just a short walk from your condo or home, Sea-Salt Restaurant is a local gathering spot with delectable casual dining, complemented by drinks and wine from the bar. Select from refined international favorites and favorite Nicaraguan cuisine featuring the country’s celebrated beef and seafood caught right off our beach. Each dish bears the distinctive freshness of local ingredients carefully prepared by a skilled staff.
Reserve Your Piece of Paradise
There are few low-EMF villages in the US and few, if any, in Central America. ECI has committed to developing a low-EMF village, ISLA, within Gran Pacifica Resort in Nicaragua. Consider this community if you want one that prioritizes health and wellness.
Please proceed with the registration below, and a property consultant will promptly contact you to furnish further details of this upcoming village.