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Carnival in Bluefields Nicargua is a fascinating mix of ethnic groups
who unite once a year in May to celebrate their Carnaval. Every
night is party night during May in Bluefields. The Maypole festival
includes costumed dancers, steel drums, salsa and reggae music with plenty
of loudspeakers. The Maypole tradition is a Spring tradition and its
introduction to Bluefields is said to have come from Jamaica and there is
considerable Afro-Caribbean influence here including what Bob Marley
called "positive vibrations."
Ballet Costena directed
by Lizzy Nelson is the standout Carnival group whose annual creations are
discussed by everyone.
Nicaraguan rum: “Flor
de cana” or Flower of the sugar cane. One of the best and a great deal
at only US$ 3-4 for a big bottle.
Days or Spring Pagan Style by about.com
It is celebrated as a time of love and fertility, with many weddings. It
is also a celebration of the reawakening of the world after the cold sleep
of winter. Feasts, dancing, drumming and, of course, the maypole
to Dance the Maypole by about.com
day by carnaval.com
Our guide to a holiday we all hold near and dear especially in Bluefields
the King of San Francisco
Carnaval 2000 James J. Sowers visits Panama in 1996 on his Trans-American
Motorcycle adventure five years before he shares his throne with Queen
Elisa from Bluefields
The City of Bluefields
is the metro center for the Mosquito Coast and is famous for its beautiful
lagoon. It was named after Captain Blauenveldt, a 17th-century
Dutch pirate who used the bay as his base. The city's 45,000 inhabitants
have ambitions dreams to attract international tourism and a greater opportunity
since the unemployment rate is high. The Caribbean Coast of
Nicaragua was never colonized: it remained a British Protectorate until
1862, English remains the principal language here and the Protestant
religion is still dominant.
The area of Bluefields is
located in the state of Zelaya which covers nearly a third of the
countries land mass but contains less than 5% of the country's people pf
4,3000,000. Most of the area is undeveloped and was not effected by the
political unrest while the Sandinistas were in power. Still the people
retained a relaxed slow way of life similar to many islands in the
Wonderland || TOP
Located 178 miles (315 km) from Managua, the surrounding tropical forests
contain a great variety of birds including eagles, turkeys, toucans,
parakeets and macaws. Animal life in the area includes several different
species of monkeys, ant-eaters, white-tailed deer and tapirs who also
enjoy the many wide rivers and small jungle canals.. You can get to
Bluefields by air (1 hour) with 2 daily flights operated by Nica and La
Consteña (small aircraft) or by land driving 6 hours to El Rama and from
there by river boats cruising the Escondido river for 3 more hours.
Development || TOP
More recently, the location has
been cited as the best Atlantic port for a "Dry
canal" across Nicaragua which could compete with the backed
up Panama Canal and longer rail runs across the continent in the USA.
for Humanity in Bluefields
"One doesn't see a mixture of working-class and middle-class
people -- there isn't much of a middle class in Bluefields. But there
is a coming together of Spanish speakers and Creoles, of black,
mestizo, and white, of Catholics and Protestants. As at the university
where I taught, there was a cementing of the disparate groups of the
Mosquito Coast. Doctrine, race, and language may divide; service
Walter Hipple Board Member, HfHCC (since 1988, Habitat has
built 500 houses in Bluefields)
ISLANDS || TOP
From Bluefields you one can get a boat or short flight to the beautiful,
coral-fringed Corn Islands
(Islas del Maiz), the largest is well developed and popular with
Nicaraguans and other Central Americans as a holiday resort. There
is a perfection to the bathing, surfing, fishing and snorkeling. Coral
reefs just minutes off shore surrounding the island 10 to 12 feet deep,
visibility 80 to 100 meters. Beautiful and unspoiled beaches, some of them
totally deserted with white sand and turquoise waters. The Corn Islands
offer excellent seafood as well as plentiful lobster and other shell fish.
Besides the amazing coral the old pirate's hideout has numerous dive sites
including the the wreck of a Spanish galleon in 72 feet of water.
Located in the Caribbean Ocean 53 miles (90
km) from Bluefields there are regular daily flights from Managua with
small aircraft operated by Nica and La Costeña. The big Corn Island is 11
square km and the Little Corn Island is 2 square km and has a nice
mountain to climb. Pristine Corn Island has been described as "four
square miles of paradise."
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