Nicaragua is the new Central American hot-spot. Costa Rica has been done, so now people are looking for a new tropical adventure that is unspoiled. Nicaragua has a coast on the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans offering visitors beaches, rainforest, history, colorful culture, and adventure. There are a variety of places to stay from homestays to luxurious resorts and everything in between.
- Managua: The capital of Nicaragua suffered a devastating earthquake in 1972 and it took decades for the city to revitalize the center. The old cathedral still stands in ruins. Towering over the city is a large cutout of Sandino, the leader of the rebellion to oust American military in the 1920s and 1930s. The Ancient Footprints of Acahualinca Museum shows 2,100-year-old fossil footprints of people and animals trying to escape from the volcano.
- Leon: Leon is in the land of volcanoes. For an overview of the city walk on the roof of the Leon Cathedral, one of the largest in Central America. The Museo de Arte is worth a visit where the guides are very informative. Not far from Leon is the Leon Veijo, a World Heritage Site that was destroyed by a volcano and is the only 16th-century colonial city in its original format.
- Granada: Located on the shore of Lake Nicaragua, the city is the quintessential Central American colonial-style city. The colorful main square is dominated by the neoclassic cathedral. The original part dates back to 1583. Another do-not-miss is the Convento San Francisco. Nearby is Masaya National Park, the largest national park in Nicaragua.
- San Juan del Sur: The sweeping crescent-shaped beach of San Jan has become the place for sun worshippers, party animals, and adventurers. Some of the best high-end accommodations are located in the area. From surfing to catamaran tours to horseback riding through the hills, San Juan is the new hotspot for tourists.
- Ometepe: The twin-peaked island, one of the largest fresh water islands, is located in Lake Nicaragua. The two peaks are volcanoes, only one is active. The area is popular with hikers and people seeking a place that hasn’t been commercialized.