Nicaragua is a nation with a rich history and is home to the third largest city in Central America, Managua. After declaring independence in 1821, some US intervention, and a revolution in the 1960’s, this nation is finally finding its footing. With a mix of lowlands, mountains, and coastlines, there will never be a dull moment during your trip to Nicaragua. With plenty to see and do, this Central American gem is something you don’t want to miss.
- Surf in the beautiful city of San Juan del Sur.
- Take a chance and go volcano boarding; in short, sled down the side of a volcano.
- If the mainland becomes too much, retreat to the Corn Islands and take a load off.
- Go off the beaten path and meet the stone man; a man who carves animals and symbols into the caves in Esteli.
- Relax; it’s a great place to read a book on the beach, or even in the jungle.
- Caffeinate in Jinotega, and explore a city with plenty to offer.
- Watch the turtles at La Flor, just south of San Juan del Sur.
- Most hotels will refill your water bottle for USD 0.25; save the environment from the plastic.
- Don’t fear haggling on your holiday to Nicaragua; it will lower the prices and help you get to know the locals.
- If you want to, do a homestay and learn Spanish.
- Don’t expect addresses; most places don’t have them.
- Don’t exchange money at the airport in Managua; the exchange rate is crazy.
- Fruit can often be picked right from the trees or from the ground under them.
- In case of an injury or illness, avoid public hospitals.
- Pack earplugs; Nicaragua is a country filled with early risers.
Nicaragua has seasonal weather so please do check up on the best time to visit Nicaragua before planning your tour. And if you’re still hunting for more things to do and places to explore in Nicaragua, do check out our Nicaragua Travel Guide for more information.