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Since we had a lot of time on our hands and we were already in Rivas I decided to try to find an alternate route to the beach through the town of Tola, Nicaragua. I had read that there were some great secluded beaches near Tola and I have no doubt that it's true because it's nearly impossible to get to them.


Welcome To Tola
Welcome To Tola
No Red Lights In Tola
No Red Lights In Tola
Look, A Gringo
Look, A Gringo
Pretty Road
Pretty Road
More Ox Than Cars
More Ox Than Cars
Gigantic Tree
Gigantic Tree
Lonely Road
Lonely Road
They Have Basketball
They Have Basketball
Jungle Hills
Jungle Hills

After leaving the town of Tola the road turns from asphalt to dirt and while the road running north and south is fine the roads that would lead to the beach are terrible. Every time we tried to take one we would go a 1/2 mile or so and have to turn around. Because it had rained in the morning most of them had turned into mud bogs and I really didn't think this was a good place to get the Corolla stuck since there ain't no AAA in Nicaragua.


The Road Isn't Great Here
The Road Isn't Great Here
Guardrails Are For Wimps
Guardrails Are For Wimps
Does This Go Somewhere
Does This Go Somewhere
Roof Seats Are Cheaper
Roof Seats Are Cheaper
Pura Vida Pulperia
Pura Vida Pulperia
Jungle Villa
Jungle Villa

After driving for about 45 minutes it dawned on me that if we got caught in a downpour we could be stuck here for days since the road would quickly become impassable. Seeing as how I had yet to find a beach or any of the promised resorts I figured it was time to bail on this experiment and head back home.

I get a lot of flack from people for saying this but the more time I spend in Nicaragua, the more I think the marketing hype calling Nicaragua the "next Costa Rica" is a load of crap. Costa Rica has a long history of stable governments, courts that aren't politicized, respect for personal property rights, and a healthy respect for capitalism. Nicaragua has none of those things. While capital is flowing into Costa Rica in record amounts capital is fleeing Nicaragua as fast as it can. I've been in Nicaragua for a year and a half now (admittedly, not much time) and while I've seen a lot of fancy marketing proposals I've yet to see any progress on any of these proposed resorts. I just wonder how many people are going to end up sinking large amounts of money into properties that eventually turn into Sandinista swampland.

Driving through Masaya...


The Vulture Bridge
The Vulture Bridge
One Lane Bridge
One Lane Bridge
Fresh Fruit Stand
Fresh Fruit Stand
We've Got Papaya
We've Got Papaya
They Live In The Fruit Stand
They Live In The Fruit Stand
The Papaya Truck
The Papaya Truck
Doofus In A Cowboy Hat
Doofus In A Cowboy Hat
Viva La Revolution
Viva La Revolution
Cemetary In Masaya
Cemetary In Masaya
And A Funeral Too
And A Funeral Too
Masaya Has AA
Masaya Has AA
Colonial Building
Colonial Building
Central Park In Masaya
Central Park In Masaya


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