The Great Southern Route : 2013 - 2014
GSR|47 WEST COAST OF THE AMERICAS Nicaragua Useful Statistics Republic of Nicaragua GOVERNMENT: Representative Democratic Republic LAND AREA: 129,494km2, (50, 193 sq miles) POPULATION: (est. 2011) 5,788,163 LANGUAGE: Spanish CURRENCY: Cordoba (NIO) CLIMATE: Tropical: humid and hot, Dec to May being the dry months, while Jun and Oct are the wettest. Violent northerly winds occasionally affect both coasts in winter, particularly the Caribbean coast. Sometimes affected by tropical storms from Jun to Oct. UTC: -6 INTL DIALLING CODE: +505 NICARAGUA is the largest but most sparsely populated of the Central American nations, sitting 11o north of the Equator. It is mountainous in the west, with fertile valleys and two big lakes, Nicaragua, about 161 km long, and Managua, about 61 km long. Close to 20% of the country's territory is designated as protected areas such as national parks, nature reserves and biological reserves. Nicaraguan culture has strong folklore, music and religious traditions, deeply influenced by European culture but enriched with Amerindian sounds and flavours. Tourism in Nicaragua is reportedly booming, it is currently the second largest industry in the nation and over the last decade tourism has almost doubled nationwide. Visitors are attracted to the tropical climate, beautiful volcanic coastline and beaches, diving and surfing and various developments along the very fertile Pacific coast, such as golf courses. SUPERYACHT SERVICES Marina Puesta del Sol 13 miles north of Corinto T: +505 8883 0781 +505 8880 0019 E: firstname.lastname@example.org W: www.marinapuestadelsol.com Port of San Lorenzo, Honduras T: +504 781-5142 E: email@example.com W: www.enp.hn MAIN PORTS Corinto, Marina Puestra Del Sol, Puerto Sandino (Samoza), San Juan del Sur Amapala, on El Tigre Island USEFUL PUBLICATIONS Cruising Ports Central American Route 6 Ed -- Rains Cruising Guide NW Caribbean Vol 1 -- Pavlidis Sail DIRMAP Caribbean Wavey Line USEFUL WEBSITES www.nicaragua.com www.morgansrock.com/nicaragua- info.html www.nicamigo.com www.honduras.com www.travel-to-honduras.com GSR|47 Honduras Useful Statistics Republic of Honduras GOVERNMENT: Democratic constitutional republic LAND AREA: 112,492 km² (43,278 sq miles) POPULATION: (est. 2011) 7,600,524 LANGUAGE: Spanish CURRENCY: Lempira (HNL) CLIMATE: It rains all year round, but is heaviest from Sept to Dec. The drier (but very hot) months are April to May. UTC: -6 INTL DIALLING CODE: +504 HONDURAS is a country in Central America with a Pacific coastline only about 70 miles long compared to a 400 mile shoreline in the Caribbean. Facilities for yachts have generally improved as more cruising boats visit. Honduras is a vibrant country, brimming with clear turquoise waters, pristine beaches, lush jungles, breathtaking mountains, challenging rivers, and fascinating ancient ruins. Vast expanses of nature are to be found everywhere. Ecotours, SCUBA diving, river rafting, and mountain treks are what Honduras is known for today. Honduras is enjoying a boom in popularity, as the rich and famous have found a place where they can still travel unknown. First time visitors to Honduras are amazed by the warmth of Honduran hospitality. Returning travellers have never forgotten it. Archaeologists have demonstrated that Honduras had a rich, multi-ethnic prehistory; an important part was the Mayan presence around the city of Copán in western Honduras, near the Guatemalan border.
2010 - 2011