“Kathleen, I’m signed up for your Nicaraguan conference. Do I need a visa to visit Nicaragua?”
–Gary M., United States
You don’t need a visa to arrive in Nicaragua, but you will pay a US$10-per-person entry fee upon arrival so make sure that you have some cash on you.
“Kathleen, are there any white- or tan-sand beaches without the black sand mix on the Pacific coast of Panama? I’m looking for a beach for my two active teenage sons with all the water activities, restaurants, etc., available within a half-hour drive.
“Every beach around Coronado and Chame seems to have the black sand mix.
“Does such an area with whiter sand exist?”
–Greg C., United States
Right, most of the beaches on Panama’s Pacific coast are darker brown sand with black sand mixed in. The Caribbean side of this country, though, has white-sand beaches. Best known on the Caribbean is Bocas del Toro. More accessible from Panama City are the Portobelo and Isla Grande areas, which you can drive to on a nice new highway now. It’s less than an hour-and-a-half trip to Portobelo.
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