The Limóns—Uno and Dos

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Limón Uno and Limón Dos are two small pueblas in the jurisdiction of the Alcaldia de Tola in Rivas Department.  Limón Uno is the smaller of the two communities.  Let me begin there. 

Limón Uno, although small, has the unique status of being the community closest to the desarollo of Rancho Santana, the Roberto Clemente Santa Ana Health Clinic, and home of Fun Limón.  Before development of Rancho Santana http://www.ranchosantana.com, Limón Uno consisted of barely ten campesino houses along the road from Tola to Las Salinas, Guasacate, and the Popoyo Surf area.  Limón Uno still houses the ever-expanding Robert Clemente Clinic.   The website www.nicaclinic.org shows a bit of the Limón Uno area history.  Fun Limón http://fordfamilyfoundation.org is the newest large asset to Limón Uno that boasts a gymnasium and INATEC sponsored vocational programs.  The Limón Uno school  has a growing number of primary school attendees.  The first two businesses started by local residents were Katy’s Panadaría and a fish market.  Both of these businesses are thriving now.  More recent additions are several small pulperías, a bar, and a couple of places that sell gasoline and diesel—one litre at a time.

Limón Dos is a bustling community by comparison of the two Limóns.  Not only does it boast of the main road to the beach—Jigiliste Road—the site of the ISA Jr. Surf Championship in June, 2013, but it also has multiple thriving churches, the local cemetery, a public library–Puerta del Saber, and businesses of all types.  Future articles will feature some of the larger institutions and businesses of Limón Dos.

How do I know about these communities?  I am a nurse.  I began working at the Roberto Clemente Clinic in 2005 for my vacation from the US.  In 2005 I fell in love with the people and the area.  I stayed at Rancho Santana, bought property there, and returned to work two to three times every year.  In 2013 I finally moved to Nicaragua and I now live in a Limón Dos campo—family compound of approximately 35 people, all ages.  Why do I live in the community?  My condominio at Rancho Santana is rented by the year.  As a landowner, however, I have access to the property.

As a tenant in the campo, I am forced to speak only Spanish—Immersion is the best way to learn—and have a first hand pulse of what is going on in the area.  I am fortunate to be living in the campo of a well-known, friendly, ethical family who treat me as a family member.  I live in the best of two possible worlds.

I have lots of stories and photos.

Margie Fincham    mfincham111@gmail.com