We traveled to Central America a couple of times and had the chance to see several Maya sites along the way. Each impressive in its own way. Contrary to other Maya ruins across Central America. You’ll often have Copan to yourself. The mysterious archaeological site boasts remarkable hieroglyphics and sculptures. On top of that, the town of Copan itself is drop-dead charming.
Volcanoes, lakes and colonial gems
Duration: at least 2 weeks
Best time to travel: October – June
Budget: $ 40 per day
Nicaragua seems to have it all: Rich culture, lush vegetation, 500 km of coastline on both the Caribbean and the Pacific, relaxed surf villages and picturesque colonial cities. To top it off, Nicaragua is home to six active and 13 inactive volcanos. There is so much to learn and to experience in Nicaragua that it’s impossible to spend one dull moment.
Nicaragua boasts 500 km of coastline on both the Caribbean and the Pacific. With such a variety of beaches, there is sure to be one that suits your taste. Whether you’re looking for a relaxed surf village or a picturesque colonial city, you’ll find it in Nica. And don’t forget about the delicious food!
- Culture 90% 90%
- Food 85% 85%
- Volcanos 110% 110%
- Beaches 100% 100%
Prices are very affordable, making it the perfect place to visit on a budget. We left Nicaragua via
Potosi and had an amazing time! Thanks for everything, Nicaragua! We’ll be back soon! Beaches in Nicaragua are some of the most beautiful in Central America. With glistening turquoise waters and beautiful white-sand beaches beckon you in Nicaragua is a true slice of paradise!
Why visit Nicaragua
Beaches in Nicaragua
If you’re dreaming of a tropical paradise away from the crowds, look no further than Nicaragua. Located on Central America’s stunning Pacific coastline. Nicaragua is home to hundreds of miles of pristine beaches that are perfect for those looking for a little rest and relaxation. Whether you’re looking to bask in the sun or take some epic surfing lessons, Nicaragua has something for everyone.
Nicaragua’s Caribbean coast
In the Caribbean, you’ll find Little and Big Corn Island islands off the coast of Nicaragua. It’s beautiful with white sand beaches, clear blue water, and lush vegetation. Many activities keep you busy, such as scuba diving, snorkeling, fishing, and hiking. The food on the island is amazing, and you can find affordable accommodation. Little Corn Island is the perfect place to relax and enjoy
the natural beauty of Nicaragua.
Nicaragua’s Pacific coast
On the Pacific Coast where you’ll find miles of unspoiled coastline. This part of Nicaragua is known for its surfing, so whether you’re a beginner or an experienced surfer, you’ll be able to find the perfect waves here. Playa Maderas is one of the most popular beaches on the Pacific Coast, and it’s perfect for surfing, swimming, and relaxing on the beach. If you’re looking for a more laid-back vibe, head to Playa Hermosa, where you can relax in a hammock with a cold drink in hand.
Nicaragua is a geological hotspot — 19 volcanoes are strung across the west coast of this Central American country. All have played a part in literally shaping the country. Hiking and climbing enthusiasts searching for a new adventure should consider Nicaragua as their next destination. Apart from being fun to climb, the volcanoes in Nicaragua serve as an incredible backdrop for an abundance of natural beauty, including beaches, forests, and lakes. Some of the more popular volcanoes to hike and climb include Cerro Negro, which is an active volcano last erupting in 1999, Momotombo, a symmetrical stratovolcano that towers over Lake Managua, and Concepcion, one of Nicaragua’s most iconic volcanoes. You can even see glimmering lava at Masaya Volcano, an active volcano that has been spewing lava and ash since December 2015.
Nicaragua’s colonial cities
Controversy and exploitation aside, centuries of Spanish rule have left Nicaragua with some amazing colonial architecture. The most noticeable examples can be found in the cities of Granada and León, which feature a number of grandiose churches and cathedrals. However, there are also many hidden gems to be found in the smaller cities and towns, such as Masaya. So if you’re looking for a taste of the past, be sure to check out some of Nicaragua’s colonial architecture. You won’t be disappointed!
Food culture in Nicaragua
Nicaraguan food is hearty and filling, with a focus on beans, rice, and meat. One of the most popular dishes is Gallo pinto, which is a mixture of rice and beans that is typically served for breakfast. Another popular dish is vigoron, which consists of boiled yucca topped with cabbage salad and pork cracklings. If you’re looking for something a little sweeter, try tres leches, a sponge cake soaked in three kinds of milk and served with whipped cream. No matter what you’re in the mood for, you’ll be able to find it in Nicaragua. Admittetly, Nicaragua’s cuisine is not very vegetarian-friendly.
Get ready to travel to Nicaragua
Currency: Córdoba Oro
Public Transport in Nicaragua
Nicaragua is a cheap and easy country to visit for those on the move. The local buses are North American-style school buses. However, an increasing number of express minibusses serve more popular routes with cheaper fares that can be paid in córdoba currency only – as opposed to dollars or euros which are used throughout most parts of Central America today (though not always). Most intercity trips begin running between 4 am and 7 am leaving about every thirty minutes; longer journeys cost between 1$-$20 depending upon how far you want to go along this frontier region’s Pacific coastline! There may also appear some information at the front.
Weather in Nicaragua
The best time to visit Masaya and its natural surroundings is from November to April, The Caribbean season is experiencing hurricanes from May – November.
Nicaragua is generally a safe country to travel to, but there are some things to be aware of. Petty crime, such as pickpocketing and bag snatching, is common in crowded areas such as markets and bus stations. There has also been an increase in violent crime in recent years, so it’s important to be cautious when out and about, especially at night. Traveling in groups and keeping your belongings safe and secure is always a good idea. You should have no problem staying safe in Nicaragua with a little common sense.
Internet & Phone
Claro or Tigo (formerly Movistar) are the two biggest phone providers in Nicaragua. I have been using both and had a pretty good expereince. I highly recommend to get the sim card activated at the store. Make sure to bring your passport! Both Movistar and Claro also work in Costa Rica.
Tap water in Nicaragua
After a personal experience with some parasites: Tap water in Nicaragua is not good to drink! Bring a Lifestraw Go to get clean and cool drinking water.
Biggest challenges for the responsible traveler
Trash: Often, you’ll find food vendors selling typical Nicaraguan dishes on the go. It’s not just delicious but cheap. To avoid plastic wrapping, choose to buy your food at the bus stations and have them put it in your collapsible container. Bring your Lifestraw Pro to avoid having to buy bottled water.
Sunscreen: Protect Marine life and wear reef-friendly sunscreen!
Packing List Nicargua
Nicaragua is super diverse and offers plenty of things to do. Check out our packing list, get ready for an incredible adventure!
Eco-friendly stays in Nicaragua
Though Nicaragua’s eco-tourism efforts are not as known as its Costa Rican neighbor, you’ll be surprised by choice of stunning eco-lodges and thriving community tourism efforts!
PLACES TO VISIT NICARAGUA
Often overlooked, Nicaragua is home to friendly people, dramatic landscapes and rich culture!
Golfo de Fonseca, an archipelago shared by Nicaragua, Honduras and El Salvador, a former playground for pirates, afforded us with the most stunning and relaxing border crossing experience in our backpacking history.
Our love affair with Leon started on Valentine’s day. Contrary to Granada, Nicaragua’s second largest city feels much more authentic and is not overrun by tourists. The drop-dead gorgeous city manages to maintain it’s genuine charm. Just outside of Léon, numerous volcanos wait for you to climb or surf them. And as if this wasn’t enough, some of Nicaragua’s most beautiful beach and surf spots are just around the corner.