Nicaragua: An Overview
Nicaragua is the land of the undiscovered. This up-and-coming paradise will delight travelers in its diversity and rich cultural heritage.
Volcanoes & Archeology: Ometepe Island
Ometepe Island is an island in the middle of Lake Nicaragua made up of two volcanoes: the active Concepción Volcano and the inactive Maderas Volcano. Arrive at the island by ferry or plane and take in the sight of the twin volcanoes. Petroglyphs and ceramics can be found throughout the island that tell the stories of the island’s past and cultures.
Colonial Cities: Granada & Leon
Granada is the oldest colonial city in Central America. Founded in 1524 by the Spanish, it is situated on the banks of Lake Nicaragua. Explore the colorful city monuments and neighboring attractions like Mombacho Volcano, Chocoyero National reserve, and Lake Nicaragua. Leon is another historical city and a recognized UNESCO World Heritage Site. Convents, cathedrals, and ruins throughout the city only add to the allure of this historical cultural center.
Capital City: Managua
Managua is the bustling capital city of Nicaragua. Managua is the epicenter of culture in commerce in modern-day Nicaragua and fantastic jumping off point to area attractions. From here, travelers can take a Grenada city tour, cruise the islands of Lake Nicaragua, the ruins of Leon city, visit volcanoes, and more.
Cloud Forest & Coffee Plantations: Matagalpa
A bit off the beaten path in the northern highlands of Nicaragua is Matagalpa, a cool escape in the cloud forest and coffee country. The rural towns and green forested hillsides are a welcome change of pace from the city centers. Go birdwatching in the Arenal Cloud Forest, hike the Cerro Apante Natural Reserve, visit an indigenous community, and discover the history of chocolate at a local factory.
Sea & Surf: San Juan del Sur
On the South West Coast of Nicaragua, San Juan del Sur is a little beach town situated on a bay with miles of pristine beaches attracting surfers, fisherman, sailors, and sun seekers. A multitude of activities are available in the area including horseback riding on the beach, zip line tours, and an expedition to La Flor Reserve to see the Olive Ridley Sea Turtles nest between July and February.
Caribbean Island: The Corn Islands
About 50-miles off the east coast of Nicaragua, the Corn Islands in the Caribbean Sea consists of two islands: Big Corn Island and Little Corn Island. Although Little Corn Island is about three times as small as Big Corn Island, it has a greater variety of accommodation options. Accessible by plane or boat, the islands are an idyllic setting for a remote tropical getaway.
Nicaragua Trip Ideas:
- Visit a coffee plantation and the cloud forest in Matagalpa.
- Discover the charming colonial city of Granada, the oldest city in Central America.
- Explore Mombacho Volcano and the tropical forest on a canopy zip line adventure outside Granada City.
- Take a ferry out to Ometepe Island on Lake Nicaragua to see the twin volcanoes.
- Enjoy a beach and watersport holiday at San Juan del Sur.
5 Top Places to Stay in Nicaragua
Nicaragua is an up-and-coming destination with an exciting array of exotic and off the beaten path hotels popping up. From an intimate private island at Calala Island in the Caribbean Sea to a luxurious expansive beach resort on the Pacific Coast, we have Nicaragua accommodation options for every preference.
Jicaro Island Ecolodge
Jicaro Island Ecolodge
Jicaro Island Ecolodge is located on a secluded island in Lake Nicaragua. A 15-minute boat ride will bring you to your luxury eco-resort with stunning views of Mombacho Volcano. This intimate lodge has just nine private casitas, sustainable dining, and a multitude of activities ranging from hiking to ziplining to birdwatching.
Mukul Resort & Spa, an Auberge Resort
Mukul Resort & Spa Nicaragua
Located on the Pacific Coast of Nicaragua, Mukul Resort & Spa is a luxurious Auberge Resort overlooking four-miles of white sand beaches. The resort boasts fantastic amenities like a kid’s club, 18-hole golf course, and a full-service spa with six different spa suites. A multitude of accommodation options is available for every vacation occasion and preference.
Morgan's Rock Ecolodge
Morgan's Rock Ecolodge
Morgan’s Rock Ecolodge is a 4,000-acre luxury eco-lodge located in San Juan del Sur on the Pacific Coast of Nicaragua. The area is well-known for surf, watersports, and picturesque beaches. The lodge has just 15 bungalows set high up on a cliffside overlooking the private beach, accessible by a 50-yard hanging suspension bridge.
Nekupe Sporting Resort & Retreat
Nekupe Sporting Resort & Retreat is an exclusive eight-room resort located on a 1300-acre nature reserve in South West Nicaragua with views overlooking Mambacho Volcano. The resort boasts locally sourced dining, an on-site pool, restaurant, and viewing terrace. Helicopter tours, wildlife watching, sportfishing, spa services, yoga classes, cooking lessons, and more can be arranged from the resort.
Calala Island is an exclusive island situated in the Caribbean Sea off the coast of Nicaragua. The resort has just four beachfront suites in total and provides the option of renting the whole island! Island amenities include a freshwater infinity pool with swim-up bar, a spa hidden away in the mangroves, and Michelin star fine dining. Snorkeling and water sports abound from the island. Don’t miss exploring Little Calala Island, about a five-minute paddle from the main island.