There is no question that Nicaragua has a lot to offer travelers and residents alike. You might be drawn to Nicaragua because of the vibrant cities, the low cost of living, the incredible cuisine or even the warm climate, but you will also definitely appreciate the country's natural attractions.
Whether you are in Nicaragua for a few days of surfing or you're retiring there for good, don't miss out on the chance to see and explore some of Nicaragua's truly amazing natural attractions.
San Juan River
Although the stunning beaches of Nicaragua's coast are certainly appealing, those in search of lush greenery and vibrant landscapes may prefer a visit to the San Juan River. Also known as El Desaguadero, or The Drain, the San Juan River stretches for almost 120 miles all the way from Lake Nicaragua to the Caribbean Sea.
Along the way, you can kayak through rapids, go fishing or just stop off for rainforest tours in areas like the protected Reserva Silvestre Privada Montecristo.
One of the most popular natural landmarks in the entire country is Lago de Nicaragua, or Lake Nicaragua. Its popularity has a lot to do with its enormous size of over 3,000 square miles, which makes it the largest body of freshwater in Central America and one of the largest freshwater lakes in the entire world.
Today, the lake is a hotspot for those who enjoy fishing or hiking along the edge, but also for its interior island called Isla de Ometepe. Ometepe is a pair of twin volcanic islands right in the middle of the lake. Visitors can take ferries to the island, relax on their secluded beaches, hike to the top of the Volcán Concepción or enjoy a meal of fresh fish caught right in the lake.
Cerro Negro Volcano
Nicaragua is home to 50 different volcanoes that are spread throughout the Central American nation, although only seven of these are still active today. While there are opportunities to hike and explore many of these breathtaking volcanic peaks, none are as popular as Cerro Negro.
The active volcano of Cerro Negro is an incredible place where those who seek a serious thrill can sand-ski or sand-board right down the black cinder sides of the volcano. Getting the chance to try this out is a truly once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that you have to experience in order to fully understand. It creates a rush, yet is safe enough for older children and teens to try out.
Islets of Granada
The Isletas de Granada, known in English as the Islets of Granada, are made up of more than 350 smaller islands located in Lake Nicaragua near the city of Granada. This archipelago was created when the Mombacho volcano spewed from its cone many years ago, forming many small landmasses that serve as a major regional attraction.
Some of the islets are privately owned and contain lavish homes, but some are open to the public and boast small shops, restaurants or even hotels. Boat tours are available to let you see many of the islets from afar and take in the natural beauty of the unique natural attraction in the heart of Nicaragua.
There are many different reasons that might have contributed to your decision to move to or visit Nicaragua. However, the natural attractions are almost certainly a factor, so take time to explore these incredible destinations throughout the country.