Nicaragua was honestly the last place I ever thought I would go on this earth.
I never thought about it, never realized it was a place people went. Next door to Costa Rica, Nicaragua is an incredibly beautiful (and poor) country. The country used to be known as extremely dangerous and not a good place for tourists. I’m happy to say that is not the case anymore! Nicaragua has thrown tons of money into their economy for tourism, and there are no more scary guerillas. 🙂 Here are my top 5 things to do in Nicaragua!
Stay at the Tribal Hotel in Granada
This was honestly my favorite thing in the top 5 things to do in Nicaragua. The Tribal Hotel is located in a fun area of Granada, Nicaragua’s colonial city! The design is gorgeous and the drinks + food were amazing. I could have stayed there by the pool for the entire 5 days we were in the country. In the morning we were given a beautiful, free breakfast that felt like it should’ve cost $100. The pool is luxurious and the rooms are even more so. I am drooling to go back. Also, did I mention it is incredibly affordable? AND you can rent the whole place out with your friends because it is only 7 rooms! Cue the heart eyes.
Check out the party in San Juan Del Sur
We only got a glimpse of San Juan Del Sur on our last day, but it was worth it! We jumped on a boat and were dropped off right there on the beach of San Juan Del Sur in the middle of the party. With Jesus overlooking the entire city, it is interesting how much of a party town it is. We got drinks at a restaurant on the beach and then wandered around town to see what it had to offer. Everybody there is drinking in the streets and heading to the closest bar. We missed Sunday Funday, but I’ve heard it’s pretty crazy!
La Merced Church in Granada
Go here and you are guaranteed the best views of Granada city! It is one of the oldest religious structures in Central America, completed in 1539. We wandered in, paid a tiny fee and then headed up the incredibly claustrophobic stairs to come out on top of the bell tower and to see ALL of Granada in it’s splendor and charm. You will get the best photos, for sure. And on your way there are plenty of opportunities for photo-ops in front of beautifully painted walls.
Go to the spa at Aqua Wellness Resort & Spa
We stayed here three nights and boy was I happy about that. Aqua Wellness Resort & Spa is incredibly beautiful and located half in the jungle and half on the beach. So you literally get the best of both worlds. The restaurant is right on the water and there is a yoga deck right above the crashing waves to give you that perfect zen feeling. But, the best part was probably the spa. I had an organic cacao body treatment and one of my friends got a massage. The prices were incredibly affordable, and the women who worked there were so kind! They braided my hair and I felt like I was glowing when I walked out. I want to do it again and again and again.
SWIM & SURF at the beach!
And the real reason we came to Nicaragua was the ocean. This may be obvious. The water was so incredibly dark blue, but still clear. I could go on about it for days. The temperature was cool, but not too cold. The waves were strong, but the beach was just pure sand so I didn’t feel any fear of being knocked around a bit. The boys in our group went for a surfing lesson in the morning and had a good time (despite being knocked around), so I would say it’s a win-win. The beauty. Heart. Eyes.
So, all I’m saying is that you should probably visit this beautiful place at least once in your life. I’m already day-dreaming of going back ten more times. Maybe once a year if I can swing it. 😉 Why not? The price is right from flight to hotel to food + drink! You can’t lose!