If you ever need reasons to vacation in Nicaragua, we can provide you with plenty! But we warn you, once you step out of the plane and onto the land nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, you'll forget everything you have read and heard. At the sight of friendly smiles as warm as the tropical sun, you'll know you've made the best decision.
Natural Wonders: The Land of Lakes and Volcanoes, and Wildlife
Nicaragua is famous for its 21 volcanoes, of which 19 are active. San Cristobal Volcano is the highest and attracts the most tourists and volcanologists alike. But volcanoes are not the only natural wonders of Nicaragua. It is also home to two of the largest freshwater lakes in the Central American region.
Lake Nicaragua is the largest lake, and the only one in the world that houses freshwater sharks! This natural phenomenon is believed to have been the result of volcanic eruption, as Lake Nicaragua and Lake Managua to its northwest were believed to both have once formed part of an ocean bay. Upon the volcanic activity, the bay became an inland basin with two lakes, trapping the ocean fish. Over the years, it is believed that the trapped marine life adapted to fresh water and thus Lake Nicaragua is the only lake that houses sharks, swordfish and tarpon!
A holiday in Nicaragua also means making time for some exploration. Take in the wealth of wildlife that inhabits this nation, including wild cats, reptiles, birds, and a great variety of monkeys.
A Colorful Nicaraguan History
If there is one word to describe this Central American country, it is "diverse". If you are a cultural history buff, exploring and understanding local culture and history will be a most rewarding experience. The first traces of civilization date back two millennia, and birthed a fascinating civilization absorbed into the culture you can see today. The descendants of the native peoples are warm and cordial, proud of their rich culture and history, which is brimming with a variety of influences.
As the largest country in Central America, Nicaragua is surprisingly less crowded than its neighbors. Enjoy a leisurely exploration of this vibrant nation, in particular its two main colonial cities: Granada and León. It is here you will observe the remnants of a colorful history, colonial, Spanish and revolutionary.
Live the thrill!
Kayaking and surfing? Old news! Have you tried ash-boarding yet? Volcano surfing is taking the world of extreme sports by a storm (not an ash storm, don't worry). Hence, it attracts enthusiasts from all over the world, be it volcanologists or thrill-seekers. The young Cerro Negro volcano offers a thrill for adrenaline junkies looking to slide down 728 meters of volcanic ash and gravel.
If volcano boarding is not exactly calling your adventurous side, you can still find plenty of adrenaline rushes in Nicaragua. Explore the San Juan River, known as the "Amazon of Central America", or the Martin Pescador trail and its vibrant wildlife. Or you can try some good-old traditional surfing in San Juan del Sur or kayaking in Lake Nicaragua. Go diving off the Managua coast, or even golfing or horseback riding at one of the resorts, or book a deep-sea fishing trip for marlin or a giant tarpon.
In fact, with so many activities available, you could try a new thing every day! If you ever move to this exciting country your life could be full of daily vacation activities!
Affordable luxury in an eco-friendly setting
Perhaps the best part of Nicaragua is the true sense of hospitality you can feel in every inch of the country. This Central American country is developing into an attractive destination for all, yet it remains affordable. There aren't many places where you can enjoy the perks of affordable luxury.
With a wide choice of rental properties to accommodate every taste, vacationing in paradise with sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean is irresistible. Due to the country’s relatively slow development, your accommodations are often located in pristine surroundings, and with strategic planning, sustainable developments could be the way to go for Nicaragua.
A Foodie Paradise
The most important part of a vacation has to be the food (and drinks). Good food, freshly prepared from local ingredients are always a welcome part of the day. Nicaragua provides delicious meals and drinks so affordable you could almost say it’s dirt cheap!
Most local dishes are based on maize (corn), but that doesn't mean the food is all the same. The variety of foods, drinks, and pastries is astonishing, and equally delicious. We note that Nicaraguan delicacies are often spicy – with chilies and ginger popular seasonings. For those with a sweet tooth, do try Pio Quinto (Pio V), a traditional Nicaraguan custard cake, Rosquillas - fluffy deep-fried donuts, and Tres leches cake, a spongy, moist delight!
The only reason you won't return home with a few extra pounds is the fact you'll burn through that food with all the adventures you’re sure to have in between meals!
When your Nicaraguan vacation comes to an end, you will find yourself wondering if you can make it a permanent one, and never let it be over. We know the feeling! A vacation in Nicaragua is an exhilarating experience that lingers with you years after you have returned home. It is no small wonder that people who visit Nicaragua return time and again. As more and more people discover this Central American haven, we urge you to start planning your trip, so you don’t miss out on all the fun!