With its lush rainforests, beautiful Pacific beaches, colonial towns, volcanic islands and working coffee farms, Nicaragua holidays are a rewarding experience, yet the country remains one of the least visited in Latin America. Some of the highlights of holidays to Nicaragua include a stay on the volcanic island of Ometepe, a beach escape at San Juan del Sur and time wandering through the beautiful cobbled streets of Granada or León. However, be sure to delve a little deeper. Nicaragua can provide testing hikes to the summit of both dormant and active volcanoes, unique insights into the thriving coffee industry and can offer visitors the chance to explore the tropical Caribbean Corn Islands.
Granada and León are Nicaragua’s two most attractive cities, with well-preserved examples of Spanish colonial architecture. Granada is on the shores of Lake Nicaragua, where the focal point is Ometepe, an island dominated by the two volcanoes, that is reached by boat from San Jorge, about an hour south of Grenada. León is some 90 km northwest of Managua and has the largest cathedral in Central America.
Away from the cities, in the northern highlands, the coffee region offers a fascinating insight into the industry where visitors stay in simple rooms, on real working coffee farms.
On the Pacific coast, San Juan del Sur has good hotels, restaurants and beach bars, with smaller quiet beaches along the coast. In the Caribbean Sea, 50 miles northeast of Bluefields, the Corn Islands offer visitors real Creole culture and beautiful beaches. There are two islands – Big Corn Island and Little Corn Island - with native palms and white sand beaches. These are almost forgotten Caribbean islands and whilst tourism here is in its infancy, a few days here can be included in most Nicaragua holidays.
We tailor-make all our holidays to Nicaragua and many visitors choose to visit Panama as part of a multi-country trip that show cases two of the lesser visited countries of the region, both rich in scenic beauty, colonial gems and dazzling beaches.