Managua Journals

A Family's Journey Way Off the Beaten Path: Managua, Nicaragua

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A May 2009 trip to Managua by RoBoNC

Managua Cathedral Photo, Managua, Nicaragua More Photos
Quote: Although there is more to Nicaragua than just Managua, this is the starting point for most visitors. This journal focuses on the sites and attractions found here along with tips for navigating this disorganized city. It also offers tips for those adventurous to bring children with them.
My wife and son Photo, Granada, Nicaragua
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I would be lying if I said I wasn’t a little apprehensive about taking my two year old son to a third world country. It is hard enough getting around and communicating in another language by yourself and then when you take a toddler with you, it makes it that much more difficult. However, I was pleasantly surprised how easy the trip went although we did have the occasional hiccup. We planned ahead on some things and there were other things that we wished we had known before we went to Nicaragua. It is those things that we had to improvise and it became learning tools for us for when we plan our next trip. With any trip, it all begins with packing your luggage. Since we didn’t have pay...Read More

An American's Run in with the Law

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Police Station Photo, Nicaragua, Central America
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Before we took this trip to Nicaragua, I did my research reading everything from Frommers to internet blogs. A recurring theme was crime and being safe as it is with all Central America countries. Nicaragua claims to be the safest country in Central America. Although I couldn’t find any statistics to verify that, at no point during out trip did we feel threatened or afraid. Being a police officer in the states, I am trained to deal with a certain amount of stress as well as encountering a segment of the population that you would rather avoid. Nicaragua is by no means an exception; however, most of the people we encountered were very friendly even with the language barrier. Policing i...Read More

Managua

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Attraction | "The Historical Sites and Museums of Nicaragua's Capital City"

National Palace Photo, Managua, Nicaragua
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Managua is considered the economic, political, cultural, commercial, and industrial center of Nicaragua. I disagree that it is the cultural center of the country, reserving that status for cities such as Leon and Granada. Those cities alternated as the capital of Nicaragua until after years of wars it was agreed to settle the capital in the city of Managua. It is about halfway between both of these cities and it sits on the heavily polluted Lake Managua. Ever since Managua became the capital in 1852 it has steadily grown becoming the largest city in Nicaragua, both in terms of area and population. It is also the entry point for most visitors since Managua has the only international airport in the...Read More

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Traveling to Nicaragua

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Arriving at Managua International Airport Photo, Managua, Nicaragua
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As my son approached two years old we wanted to take an international trip while he could still fly for free. While most families would probably choose somewhere in Europe or Asia, we decided to veer way off the beaten path. We settled on Central America, more specifically Nicaragua. It was a head turner when we told our family and friends. Our parents were terrified of us taking their grandson to a third world country. Co-workers first response was to ask if this was a mission trip. When I explained that it was a vacation trip, they joked in jest about raising money for my ransom. It was interesting to note how many people thought that there was a war going on in Nicaragua. Try twenty years a...Read More

Crowne Plaza Managua

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Hotel | "A Hotel with a Unique Design and Close to Everything"

Crowne Plaza Managua Photo, Managua, Nicaragua
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The Crowne Plaza in Managua is as unique as the city itself. It is an iconic landmark that is easily identifiable by its pyramid design. The hotel invokes images of the many Mayan pyramids that dot the Central American landscape. The hotel is centrally located and only a few blocks from Lake Managua and the famous Managua Cathedral. Although Managua doesn’t really have street names and directions are normally given by landmarks that may or may not be there, it is fairly easy to find. Upon leaving the airport, you will head west on the Pan-American Highway. There will be a statue of a soldier holding an assault rifle in the air, which soon became our personal landmark. After turning left onto Av...Read More

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Crowne Plaza Managua
101 OCTAVA CALLE SUR OESTE
Managua, Nicaragua
505-228-3531

Best Western Hotel Las Mercedes Managua

Hotel | "A Good Hotel Directly across from the Airport"

Best Western Hotel Las Mercedes Managua Photo, Managua, Nicaragua
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On our last night in Managua, we settled into the Best Western Las Mercedes. The Best Western sits directly across from the Managua International Airport. Although, you can walk across the street to the airport, it is advised to just take the free shuttle. Depending on the time of day, traffic can be very heavy and if you decide to walk across, you must cross four lanes of traffic. This is the closest hotel to the airport as the others are located in the city center. The Best Western Las Mercedes has a unique layout with all of the rooms on one floor and separated by corridors. The hotel has 174 rooms with air conditioning, cable T.V., telephone, and hot water. The rooms are fairly ...Read More

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Best Western Hotel Las Mercedes Managua
Km 11 ½ Carretera Norte
Managua, Nicaragua
+505-2631011