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Brooklynite22 & celestemy: Love or Leave Managua?

Brooklynite22 & celestemy: Love or Leave Managua? Photo

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Posted on June 1, 2009 in Trip Ideas

Brooklynite22 is back after two years, starting both a journal about her trip to Nicaragua and a discussion about the merits of Managua. She says to skip it, but celestemy, who recently journaled about her third trip to the Nicaraguan capital, recommends the city, especially for the food. If you do decide to visit Managua, both ladies have great recommendations for making the best of it.

Brooklynite22 may prefer Nicaragua’s “less frenetic” locales, but she loved the Managua Backpackers Inn. She “enjoyed a leisurely afternoon in their great outdoor space, including hammocks, lounge chairs, and a well-maintained pool,” and she says that “there is also a computer, Wi-Fi, lending library, kitchen, TV, and an extensive DVD collection free for guests to use.” Did we mention that beds start at $8 per night?

For a hotel that's perhaps closer to eight stars than eight dollars, celestemy recommends the Real InterContinental Metrocentro, a “beautiful” hotel with an excellent location “in the center of the city and next to the Metrocentro Mall.” She also would not have visitors miss a folkloric show at the Ruben Dario National Theatre, nor a meal at her favorite restaurant in the entire world, Cocina de Doña Haydee. She’s got your other meals covered, too (covered in queso).

Both travelers also have reviews and photos of other trip highlights, from day-trip destinations to exotic Big Corn Island. So for city or sea travels, see their picks before heading to Nicaragua.

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