Nicaragua: The Good Life

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Curated By

Sarah Jane Maurer

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  • Nicaragua

  • Beaches

  • Nature Escapes

  • Off-the-Beaten-Path Travel

  • Adventure Travel

  • History

  • Local Culture

  • Sightseeing

Scenic view of the lake and Mombacho volcano.
Curator’s statement

Nicaragua is known for its dramatic terrain of lakes, volcanoes and beaches. From the lush rainforests and volcanic landscapes to the rhythm of its music and the warmth of its people, Nicaragua captivates the senses and leaves an indelible mark on the soul. Whether you're soaking up the sun on a pristine beach, exploring the streets of a colonial city or immersing yourself in Nicaragua's vibrant culture scene, you'll find endless opportunities for adventure in this captivating country!

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Where to stay in Nicaragua

Rancho Santana

Upscale property surrounded by five Pacific Ocean beaches with breezy rooms, suites and apartments.

Jicaro Island Lodge

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Things to do in Nicaragua

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Start your trip at the captivating Rancho Santana. Spread across 2,700 oceanfront acres, Rancho Santana is a world-class resort and residential community with beaches, hiking trails, fine dining, outdoor adventure and a wellness sanctuary. Called Las Cinco Playas in Spanish, Rancho Santana’s five beaches include surfing hotspots, sandcastle-building grounds, and remote swaths of sand. Some of the activities include: Horseback riding, hiking, mountain biking, bird watching, sunset yoga, surfing, monkey tours, turtle tours, farm/garden tours, tennis/pickleball, sandboarding, world class spa-services and much more!

After your visit at Rancho Santana head back to the city of Granada and begin your stay at Jicaro Island Lodge. Hidden away on Lake Nicaragua, this nine-casita retreat is just a short boat ride from Granada. The casitas private, two-story dwellings. Tucked away under the shade of tall rainforest trees, each features an airy upstairs bedroom and a spacious downstairs living area that opens onto an outdoor waterfront deck. Not to mention mind-blowing views of the Mombacho Volcano. You may wish to hang out in your casita all day, swinging in your hammock, listening to the call of the wild. But you can also venture out on a cultural or scenic tour, indulge in a couples massage, kayak or paddle board, bird watch, or daily morning yoga.

Day trips

City Tour in Grenada. Oceanfront Golf Course. Mombacho Volcano Tour. Catamaran Tours. Local Cultural Tours. Canopy Zip Line Tours. Sandboarding. Pottery Tours. Rum and Cigar Tours.

Places to eat & drink in Nicaragua

Freshly brewed coffee in your balcony by Jicaro Island Lodge.

At Rancho Santana with five-star chefs you'll find international cuisine, traditional Nicaraguan dishes and their own unique creations. There are four restaurants on-site, and a store "la tienda." You can feast on farm-to-table fare at La Finca y El Mar. Serving small plates, this casual eatery with an open-air kitchen at La Boquita. La Taquería is beachside at Playa Los Perros. And El Cafe is a go-to spot for freshly brewed coffee, pastries, and sandwiches. Don't forget about the pool bar serving happy hour and pool cabanas!

At Jicaro Island three multi-course a-la-carte meals included daily plus tasty snacks and non-alcoholic beverages, prepare to enjoy Nicaragua’s finest flavors, whatever your culinary preference. The expert chefs and service design to satisfy each guests with beautifully fresh fish and organic, sustainably sourced meats, including mouth-watering vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options. Freshly brewed coffee is brought to your balcony every morning, the perfect way to start your day. The swim up bar provides the perfect spot to relax with a local cocktail and watch the mesmerizing sunset over the scenic volcanic landscape.

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Four to five days at Rancho Santana and two to three days a Jicaro Island are a perfect pair! Whether you chose to extend your stay or shorten it, Nicaragua's warmth and beauty and warm hospitality will have a way of leaving a lasting impression and making you want to return time and time again!

Looking for more travel inspiration? Check out my guide, Panama Paradise: Isla Palenque.

This guide is part of our ongoing series on travel to Nicaragua.

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