Many of the thousands of visitors that flock to Nicaragua each year come to the area ready to explore the beaches, enjoy the local culture and soak up the sun. What they might not expect is that Nicaragua is far from one-dimensional.
It can be a tropical paradise, but it is also full of fascinating attractions that you might not expect. Accommodation locations like the Gran Pacifica Beach and Golf Resort can be the perfect home base to set off from on adventures to any of these interesting places in Nicaragua.
The Mochambo Cigar Boutique Factory
Visitors to Nicaragua often want to pick up cigars as souvenirs, and the cigars produced in Nicaragua are considered to be some of the best in the entire world. In the city of Granada, travelers can actually see how cigars are locally made thanks to a tour of the Mochambo Cigar Boutique Factory. You can see how the tobacco is grown, how the leaves are used and how cigars are rolled, tested and packaged to become some of the world's finest. You can enjoy cigars in a stunning setting or just pick them up to take home as a souvenir.
Parque Nacional Volcan Masaya
Just outside the capital city of Managua is the Parque Nacional Volcan Masaya, which is an active volcano that spews smoke but not lava. Travelers will be able to hike around the area, learn more about the geology in the visitor's center and take in breathtaking views of the caldera below at the Cruz de Bobadilla observation deck. For something truly memorable, you can even join a guided tour that will lead you through the underground caves formed by past lava flows.
The Beaches of Poneloya
Nicaragua is well-known for its beaches, and there is certainly no shortage of places to choose from. However, Poneloya is a particularly interesting choice thanks to the sea turtles that call the area home. At night, sea turtles come up onto the beach to lay their eggs, and there are groups that lead night tours to see the process and even protect the eggs once they are buried in the sand.
Nicaragua is a diverse destination, and there are hundreds of potential things to do, see and explore within the country.