Experience Nicaragua

Experience Nicaragua

Known as the "land of lakes and volcanoes," Nicaragua offers the traveler abundant natural diversions as well as culture, adventure and pristine beaches that ensure memorable experiences for every taste and budget. Blessed with a warm yet dry climate year-round, the Pacific Coast is a haven for those wishing to relax in any of its modern resorts. San Juan del Sur, its primary resort town, is well-known to surfers already but quickly becoming the next "hotspot" in Central America, providing a rare dose of tranquility and unspoiled beauty. Granada is the country's cultural center, with colorful colonial architecture, preserved and restored to its 17th century roots. Located only several hours from most major U.S. cities, Nicaragua lures travelers with a wide array of authentic vacation delights.

Nicaragua’s population of 6.3 million is concentrated mostly in the western regions of the country. The largest ethnic population is mestizo, or mixed European and indigenous, with smaller groups of whites, blacks of Jamaican origin, and other indigenous minorities.

The extensive Atlantic coastal plain rises to the central interior mountains, which drop off to a narrow Pacific coastal plain interrupted by volcanoes. Highest elevation: Mogotón 2,107 m. (6,912 ft.). Nicaragua claims the largest expanse of tropical rainforest north of the Amazon, covering much of the northern and eastern regions. The mountains and the western part of the country are somewhat more arid. There are many lakes and rivers accounting for some 9,240 sq. km. (3,568 sq. mi.) of the country’s total surface area. Lake Nicaragua, Central America’s largest, covers more than 8,000 sq. km. (3,089 sq. mi.), while Lake Managua reaches more than 1,000 sq. km. (386 sq. mi.).


Córdoba (C). Exchange rate: Approximately Cs 30.66 per US dollar (January 2018). Most establishments will accept payment in US dollars. Major credit cards are typically accepted in hotels, restaurants, and stores in both urban and tourist areas. Currency exchange can be transacted at most banks and hotels. The Córdoba is sometimes also referred to as the Peso.


Tropical in the lowlands, cooler in the highlands. Temperatures vary from 81-90°F (27-32°C) during the rainy season from May to October, and from 86-95°F (30-35°C) during the dry season from November to April. The climate in the western region of the country between the lakes and the Pacific Ocean is dry and has little precipitation. The eastern part is hot, humid and rainy.


When to Go to Nicaragua

There are two seasons in Nicaragua, a wet winter season and a dry summer season. More people choose to visit Nicaragua in the summer (December to April) to avoid the daily rainfall of the winter (May to November). Even in the winter though, the Pacific Coast has dry mornings and rainy afternoons. The Caribbean coast is struck by tropical storms in September and October and generally hot and humid the rest of the year. Be sure to check with your doctor before going to Nicaragua for an up-to-date list of vaccines and malaria medicine, and be sure to bring plenty of bug spray.


Spanish is the official language and is spoken by the vast majority of Nicaraguans. English and indigenous languages are used along the Caribbean coast and in parts of the Atlantic coastal plain. Many Nicaraguans also speak some English.

Getting Around

Getting around can be easy, enjoyable and safe throughout Nicaragua. According to statistics by Interpol and the United Nations, Nicaragua is one of the safest countries in the Americas, and the safest in Central America.

Colonial cities such as León and Granada are more pedestrian- friendly than larger cities such as Managua. Taxis are plentiful and relatively inexpensive throughout the country. It is advisable to use officially registered taxis, which have red license plates (the numbers should be legible), or licensed tour guides. Radio-dispatched taxis are available at the airport and major hotels. Major rental car companies are located at the airport and in other locations. Visitors can use a driver’s license for thirty days after entering the country. Inter-city buses and rental cars are also plentiful.

Principal Cities

Managua is the capital and the nation’s largest city, with a population of 1,262,978.

Other important cities include: León, Granada, Jinotega, Matagalpa, Chinandega, and Masaya.


Top 10 Reasons to Visit Nicaragua Any Time of Year

Nicaragua has something to offer everyone – from adventure to gastronomy and from nature to luxury – all throughout the year. Explore Nicaragua during the lush green season, when landscapes are verdant and the surf is up, or bask in the sun during the summer season. No matter when you go, Nicaragua is always prime for an ideal vacation!

1. Experience nature, culture and adventure in the safest country in Central America
2. Stay in eco-lodges from simple to luxury, all located in pristine natural settings
3. Explore the San Juan River, the “Amazon of Central America”
4. Enjoy the best surfing in Central America
5.Visit two of the main colonial cities of Nicaragua, Granada and León.
6. Fish for giant tarpon in the San Juan River or for marlin in the Pacific Ocean
7. Kayak Lake Nicaragua, the largest lake in Central America
8. Hike one of the country’s active or dormant volcanoes – or ride an “ashboard” down one
9. Nicaragua is only a two-hour flight from Miami, Atlanta and Houston, no visas required
10. Feel welcomed by Nicaragua’s warm, fun people!

Fun Fact: The New York Times named Nicaragua the #3 destination in the world to visit in 2013.

Fun Fact: Nicaragua is the largest country in Central America, measuring over 50,400 square miles, which is slightly larger than the state of New York.

Fun Fact: Nicaragua boasts over 25 volcanoes, many of them still active.


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