Granada Journals

Volcanic Paradise of Central America

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A November 2004 trip to Granada by Baudet

Quote: Nicaragua is the nicest country in Central America.

Oasis Granada

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Hotel

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A five-minute walk from the bus station on the west side of Granada lays the hostel Oasis Granada. Coming from either Costa Rica or Ometepe, exit the bus, and if it's during the day, don’t get a cab; just ask anyone where the Oasis Granada is, and they will be happy to point you in the right direction. But if you arrive at night, do take a cab, because the streets are rumored to be dangerous at night. During my stay in Granada, I never felt intimidated or frightened of the streets, but the more people who are out at night, the more of a chance you have of getting messed with. And, like most places in Nicaragua, the Oasis works on an honor system when getting drinks and movies. The Oasis h...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 11, 2004

Oasis Granada
Downtown Granada
Granada, Nicaragua

Casa Oro

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Hotel

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This hostel has a great location is San Juan del Sul on the Pacific coast. During the day, when you walk out to the beach, you can see many ships anchored in the bay. The bay cove has towering rock walls that jut up from either side of the water. Both sides of the bay are being developed with mansion-type beach houses. The beach has many restaurants to eat at, but I didn’t eat at any, so I have no recommendations. The beach also has beautiful sunsets at around 5pm. The hostel advertises a lot of nice-sounding things, but it doesn’t have them upon arrival. They have signs for credit cards, but don’t except them after a certain time and fail to mention what time that is. They also advertise free ...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on November 13, 2004

Casa Oro
San Juan Del Sul
Granada, Nicaragua

J3

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Restaurant

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Located one block south and one block east, in a corner courtyard, is the nice little restaurant J3. The courtyard has a fountain in it and also has a few shops and an upstairs restaurant (not J3). The menu has lots to choose from, including hamburgers, sandwiches, tacos, fajitas, chicken, soup, fish, steak, etc. The menu is in Spanish on the front and English on the back. I ordered fajitas for less than $2, but they were not the typical American style I expected. The plate had chicken, lettuce, refried beans, sour cream, and salsa. But the part I expected to be a flour shell was pieces of hard shell. It was really terrific. I mixed all the items together and scooped them up to eat them. ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 12, 2004

J3
Granada
Granada, Nicaragua

Tele Pizza

Restaurant | "Tele's Pizza"

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One block south, 14 blocks west, and one more block south, you will find Tele’s Pizza. Tele’s is the best pizza in town -- the menu even says so. They have everything a typical pizza parlor has, from calzones and breadsticks to salads and desserts. Tele’s has over 15 different kinds of pizza to choose from, with several local pizza types. You can even order by the slice at the door. If you order a personal-size pizza or a large, they both come sliced in eight pieces. They also have two different crust types to pick from: thin or thick. When my friends and I went, we ordered a Hawaiian-style pizza and an order of breadsticks for less than $1. I thought the breadsticks were going to be a ty...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 16, 2004

Tele Pizza
Calle La Libertad
Granada, Nicaragua

Volcan Mombacho

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Attraction

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Take the bus from the Shell station in Granada and tell the driver to drop you off at Mombacho. This ride is about 15 minutes and will cost you 5 cordobas, which is about $.30. Once you get to the road leading to the Volcan Mombacho, walk about 10 minutes to the park entrance and pay the $9 entrance fee, which includes the ride up the 7k road to the top. The jeep ride takes 30 minutes and only goes up 4 times a day: 8:30am, 10am, 1pm, and 3pm, so make sure you get there around one of these times, or you’ll be sitting around for a while. All the information at the station and along the trails is in Spanish, so unless you speak Spanish or have a translation book, you’ll have a hard time reading about...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 12, 2004

Volcan Mombacho
Nicaragua
Granada, Nicaragua

Masaya Volcano National Park

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Attraction

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The Vulcan Masaya is one of the few active volcanoes in the world that you can walk right up to the edge of. The Masaya is nicknamed the Crater of Fire. To get there, take a bus from Granada to Masaya for five cordobas. From the Masaya bus station, take a cab, $10, to the top of the Masaya Volcano. You can either send the taxi back down, or they will wait on you for a total of $20 for the whole trip. When you go through the park entrance, you pay the parking fee of $4, and the attendant gives you a map of the park. You also have the option to pay $6 to camp at the volcano. Masaya Volcano National Park has several trails, a bat cave, and three craters: Santiago, San Fernando, and San Pedr...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 16, 2004

Masaya Volcano National Park
Masaya
Granada, Nicaragua