Requesting Suggestions for Location of Tourism Business
I'm planning a move to Nicaragua at the end of 2013 to start a small business. Between now and then I'm planning on doing some traveling and extended stays to research different areas and would love some help, suggestions, feedback, criticisms, etc., regarding location and market to help narrow down the search. I'm a new user and hopefully my profile has some helpful information regarding my background and experience in business ownership.
The goal is to run a simple Bed and Breakfast similar to the types I've stayed in while traveling Central America. Ideally, it'd be comprised of a central community lodge, where breakfast (and probably dinner) is served to guests, maybe a few private hotel rooms within that structure, a few nicer, private casitas on the property, and perhaps a few really simple dorms for budget travelers. Additionally, I'd like to operate the central structure as a public cafe, bakery and bar open to non guests.
The key, I think, is finding the perfect location. We're partial to less touristy areas with fewer gringos, but for obvious reasons that sort of location isn't ideal for a tourism-based business. :) That being said, I'd prefer to cater to folks who are not looking for American-style accommodations, soy lattes or whirlpool tubs. In my mind, we'll be providing basic accommodations with great food in a beautiful environment, great service and (hopefully) a fun, social(-but-local) atmosphere. Ideally, the area I'd like to be in will feel remote, adventuresome and "exotic" for the traveler, but will be reasonably accessible to touristy areas to draw some of the more adventurous folks our way.
I've been scouring the forums for the past few days and I know this location question is asked a lot. Here are a few qualifiers, to get them out of the way:
- Location: Would prefer something with beach/lake access. Ocean is preferable, as my business partner is a diver, but it's not a deal-breaker. Jungle is great.From reading and research, it sounds like the Pacific coast would probably be the best way to go, though the Atlantic Coast holds a lot more appeal to me from an adventure/minimally gringo'd area. Services and attracting clients would be the issue. Are there any areas on the Atlantic - aside from the Corn Islands, as it seems that property there is hard to come by- that attract more adventuresome tourists? Would prefer something "out of the way" or "off the beaten path", but with drivable/bus access to services.
- Budget: the lower the better. :) We'd like to invest more money in providing services that can't necessarily be found at nearby establishments rather than in the land itself.
-Language: Our Spanish is basic, but we're planning on enrolling in lessons during extended stays prior to moving.
Obviously, location is just one part of the equation, and all other feedback is welcome, as well. In the future I hope to get some feedback about other specifics of the business plan, but first things first!