Undiscovered beaches, virgin forests, hide-away islands and now eco-luxe accommodation…
A few years ago the idea of going to Nicaragua for an upscale holiday would never have arisen, but the massive tourism potential of the country is starting to be unlocked. The natural beauty of the country, with bio-diverse tropical forests, extensive beaches, lakes, volcanoes and hide-away islands is attracting increasing attention and the opening of some high-end boutique resorts points the way for the future of Nicaragua. Now is the time to go and see the country before it changes too much.
Immediate thoughts of Nicaragua may conjure up images of revolution and Sandanistas, but the country is now peaceful and its charming, friendly people are looking towards a better tomorrow.
Lake Nicaragua is the only lake in the world to contain freshwater sharks and also the only lake to have two active volcanoes in it. The charming colonial town of Granada is set on the shores of the lake and is dominated by its Cathedral. It offers a good range of restaurants and hotels and is a must-visit city. The nearby dormant Mombacho Volcano is easily accessible by 4WD vehicles and offers dramatic views over the lake and neighbouring areas. We recommend a visit to the active Masaya Volcano and National Park, which is gently smoking about an hour from Granada. Further to the north is another colonial gem – the city of Leon – although it can get pretty hot here as it does not have the cooling lake breezes that benefit Granada.
Development on the eastern side of the country – the so-called ‘Mosquito Coast’ of the Caribbean – is still way behind the Pacific side, but the Corn Islands are currently a hidden gem; plans are afoot for more upscale development.
Nicaragua is still a largely agricultural country, and produces fine cigars and some of the best rum in the world – Flor de Cana. The abundance of organic produce along with fresh fish and seafood – both from the lake and from the Pacific Ocean and Caribbean coasts – means that the new generation of Nicaraguan chefs have plenty of excellent raw materials to craft into exciting dishes.
Nicaragua could yet challenge Panama as a global transport hub: there are plans afoot – with the backing of the Chinese – to build a new canal through the country, using Lake Nicaragua as the main part of the course. This could completely transform the future of the country, but for now it remains a charming, undeveloped backwater and, in our view, a great place to visit and relax in.
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Places we love to stay
Aqua Wellness Resort
Aqua Wellness is a barefoot luxury eco-hotel with its own private beach on the Pacific coast.View details about Aqua Wellness Resort
Mukul is Nicaragua's first real luxury resort with a golf course and award-winning spa.View details about Mukul
Jicaro is a unique island resort set in Lake Nicaragua a short boat ride from Granada.View details about Jicaro