Nicaragua: OVERVIEW

Nicaragua is the next cool place you have to surf. And if you make your way to Nicaragua, the chances are that you are going to get barreled – a lot. Located between El Salvador to the north and Costa Rica to the south, Nicaragua is one of Surfline's "Best Bets" for surf travel from anywhere in the US.

Nicaragua is not just for surfers. Forbes Magazine named Nicaragua as one of the top five destinations for Americans considering retiring overseas in its 2009 Retirement Guide. Nicaragua is one of the most beautiful and safest countries in all the Americas. In January, the New York Times ranked Nicaragua as one of the top 3 places in the world to go in 2013.

It boasts a dramatic Pacific coastline; long, gentle Caribbean beaches, volcanoes and freshwater lakes dot the hilly inland. Colonial cities like Granada offer visitors a taste of colonial Spain and Managua, the capital, is rapidly becoming global city.

Nicaragua's adoption of the Costa Rican model for government stability, economic growth and prosperity is paying off. According to recent studies by the United Nations, Interpol and others, Nicaragua is the safest country in Central America and among the safest in the world with a lower relative crime rate than the U.S., France and Germany.

International Living Magazine rated Nicaragua as one of the top ten most attractive countries for retirement. This ranking was based on the high personal safety index, low costs of living and the growing real estate opportunity.