Overview Nicaragua

Visiting Nicaragua

Bordered by Honduras to the north and Costa Rica to the south, Nicaragua’s striking natural beauty, abundant biodiversity and tropical climate continue to make it an increasingly popular vacation destination.

Conquered by the Spanish in the 16th century, Nicaragua’s history of colonialism and conflict remains evident in such sites as El Castillo de la Inmaculada Concepcion, a stalwart 17th century fort built to fend off English, French and Dutch pirates.

Amazing landmarks like the 700-foot-deep crater lake Laguna de Apoyo and the staggeringly high San Ramon Waterfall make it readily apparent why Nicaragua is also known as the “Land of Lakes and Volcanoes”. The five-mile long Samoto Canyon, with its 400-plus foot walls makes for an impressive afternoon’s hike, while the popular Monkey Island in the massive Lake Nicaragua... Read More
Bordered by Honduras to the north and Costa Rica to the south, Nicaragua’s striking natural beauty, abundant biodiversity and tropical climate continue to make it an increasingly popular vacation destination.

Conquered by the Spanish in the 16th century, Nicaragua’s history of colonialism and conflict remains evident in such sites as El Castillo de la Inmaculada Concepcion, a stalwart 17th century fort built to fend off English, French and Dutch pirates.

Amazing landmarks like the 700-foot-deep crater lake Laguna de Apoyo and the staggeringly high San Ramon Waterfall make it readily apparent why Nicaragua is also known as the “Land of Lakes and Volcanoes”. The five-mile long Samoto Canyon, with its 400-plus foot walls makes for an impressive afternoon’s hike, while the popular Monkey Island in the massive Lake Nicaragua adds some comic relief to any day trip.

Beach bums need not worry, as surfing meccas like Popoyo Beach and the scenic white sands of Playa de Coco provide ample opportunities for sunbathing, drink sipping and afternoon snoozing.

So once you’ve booked your flight and picked a hotel, peruse our pages to create an itinerary inspired by fellow travelers to the Land of Lakes and Volcanoes.    Close

Stories and Tips Nicaragua

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San Juan del Sur's Statue of Jesus

Written by RoBoNC on 20 Dec, 2009

Situated on a hilltop overlooking the crescent bay of San Juan del Sur is a towering statue of Jesus Christ. It is the second largest statue of Jesus in the world. The largest statue being Christ the Redeemer located in Rio de Janeiro,…Read More


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A Local's Perspective of Jinotega

Written by RoBoNC on 20 Dec, 2009

The mountains of Nicaragua, which offers some of the best views of the country and is a bird watchers paradise, is also the least visited by tourists. Tourism has yet to reach this part of the country. We ended up traveling to this…Read More


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A Tour of Three Different Cathedrals

Written by RoBoNC on 20 Dec, 2009

The cathedrals in the mountain towns of Matagalpa, Jinotega, and Esteli may not be the largest, oldest, or most historically significant such as the National Cathedral in Managua or Leon’s cathedral, which is the biggest in all of Central America. However, these cathedrals contain…Read More


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An Overview of America's Oldest City - Granada

Written by RoBoNC on 31 Aug, 2009

Granada is Nicaragua’s fourth largest city and perhaps it’s most treasured. The city was founded on December 8, 1524 by Francisco Hernandez de Cordoba, making it the oldest city in the Americas. The city still maintains that cultural and historical feel as evident…Read More


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Exploring Granada by Horse Carriage

Written by RoBoNC on 31 Aug, 2009

Since driving in Granada is not necessary and a taxi ride is not practical unless you just want to go from Point A to Point B, try a carriage ride instead. Surrounding Central Park on all sides are horse carriages and their operators vying…Read More


A Unique Shopping Experience in Masaya

Written by RoBoNC on 31 Aug, 2009

If you were wondering where you can get black pottery, hand-woven hammocks, world class cigars, and any other souvenir that you can think of, then Masaya is the place to go. Masaya is Nicaragua’s capital of shopping. Masaya is located about 55 miles…Read More


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Traveling with Children to a Third World Country

Written by RoBoNC on 20 Aug, 2009

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…Read More


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An American's Run in with the Law

Written by RoBoNC on 20 Aug, 2009

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…Read More


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Traveling to Nicaragua

Written by RoBoNC on 20 Aug, 2009

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…Read More


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My Suggestions for Things to Do

Written by celestemy on 21 Jan, 2009

My third trip to Nicaragua was in May/June 2008. In Nicaragua, I've mainly stayed in Managua, the capital, but have traveled to Granada, Leon, San Juan del Sur, Rivas, Masaya, and a couple small towns (Diria for one). From Managua you can do…Read More


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