Along with relaxing on the beach, sipping cocktails by the pool and dining on your favorite foods, try to break out of your comfort zone and experience the new and different things available in this exotic, tropical destination.
Nicaragua offers some amazing heritage, museums, art, cuisine and language, and visitors can experience it all by embracing the culture in Nicaragua.
Understand the Nation's History and Heritage
In order to appreciate the modern country, it helps to better understand the history of Nicaragua. Locals are proud of their heritage, and they will love that you learned more about their culture. The native Indian population of Nicaragua was conquered by the Spaniards in the 16th century, and it was only made independent 200 years later. The United States also had military conflicts in Nicaragua in the 20th century, and their presence has undoubtedly influenced the local atmosphere as well.
Speak the Local Language
Officially, the native language in Nicaragua is Spanish. Ask any local, however, and they might tell you that the unofficial tongue is NicaragÃ¼ense. Words flow into one another beautifully, and local words and phrases have evolved that are specific to Nicaragua. One of the most common words you'll hear is, "HombÃ©!" Technically meaning "man," this word is used as a greeting for men, women and children.
Top Cultural Attractions to Visit
It is nearly impossible to list all the great cultural attractions, museums and galleries worth a visit in Nicaragua. However, some of the most popular among international visitors include the LeÃ³n Cathedral, the Palacio Nacional and the 6,000-year-old Huellas de Acahualinca.
Taste the Local Cuisine
No trip to Nicaragua would be complete without sampling as many of the local specialties as possible. Residents love having travelers try their regional dishes and drinks. A typical meal is large and includes meat, rice, beans, salad and tasty fried plantains for dessert. Street vendors also sell snacks and drinks, and this casual style of dining is a big part of the local culture.
With the help of a home base like the Gran Pacifica Beach and Golf Resort, you can truly experience the culture in Nicaragua. Click here to learn more about the nation's cuisine, history, language and art.