Nicaragua is one of the lesser visited countries of Central America, but that is all about to change. The opportunities for the outdoor adventure seeker are boundless and the colonial towns provide just enough charm and grit to satisfy any culture junkie, not to mention there are some of the best beaches and surf in the region.
So what are you waiting for? Here’s just a few reasons why Nicaragua should be your next travel destination.
With consistent swell and year round on-shore winds, there’s no better place to paddle out than Nicaragua’s Pacific coast. With hundreds of beaches to choose from, you might just have the waves all to yourself.
Bouncing through the country side with your knees up around your ears and mans stout belly resting lightly on your shoulder is what the chicken bus experience is all about. It will make you laugh, or maybe cry, but you definitely you won’t be forgetting it in a hurry.
When the sky is painted in shades of purple, pink and orange, you’ll be running to catch the sun dip behind the horizon. Every day is a different show and you won’t want to miss one.
Sliding down the steep, gravelly slopes of Cerro Negro at speeds of up to 90 km/h is one of the most adrenaline-inducing activities in the world. Something you can only do in Nicaragua, volcano boarding is not to be missed!
There’s nothing better than being able to reach way up and grab yourself a fresh green coconut. Hack off the top with a machete and you have one hell of a refreshing drink. Add a dash or two of Nicaragua’s delicious Flor de Caña rum and you have an even better cocktail.
Between Granada’s beautiful coloured streets and picturesque setting, and León’s charming ramshackle buildings and revolutionary heart, both towns are easy to explore for hours on end. Some of the best food in the country can also be found along their tiny laneways.
They laugh openly and smile warmly and often welcome you into their homes with open arms.
The dense primary forest of the Indio Maiz Reserve is rarely visited, teeming with wildlife and a place of great importance to the indigenous Rama community.
With white, palm lined beaches and turquoise waters, the Nicaraguan Caribbean is straight off a postcard and will no doubt be the source of much Instagram-worthy and envy inducing photos.
Where else would you rather be than swinging in a hammock by the beach? The humble hammock is one of the most common sights in Nicaragua, on the porch of many homes, strung up inside as a bed or just the perfect spot for an afternoon nap.