Laguna de Apoyo
hours drive from Matagalpa, swim in the crystal waters of the laguna de Apoyo.
favorite hotel: Casa Marimba (ca. $75$/night for 2 pers room). The owners, 3 young frenchies who love Latin America, will welcome you on the beautiful terrasse by the lake and will suggest you do a canoe tour. You’ll find there the zen atmosphere you expect after a few days on the road (www.casamarimba.com, firstname.lastname@example.org)
Volcan of Masaya
drive from the Laguna de Apoyo and Granada, meet the mythic volcano of Masaya.
You can spend there one hour simply admiring the crater and the molten lava
(you can hear as well, terrific!) or more if you decide to hike around Masaya volcano national park. Depending of your schedule, you can opt for an
impressive night visit.
drive from Laguna de Apoyo or volcan Masaya, this stylish historical colonial
town invites you for a drink in the shade of the Parque Central, after you have
walked down the colored streets and handicraft shops.
favorite hotel: Casa del Agua (ca 35$/night for 2 pers), clean and comfortable, located just by the Parque Central (http://hotel.casadelaguagranada.com/newsite/).
Isla de Omotepe
1.5 hours drive from Granada, this island on Lake Cocibolca is the pride of Nicaragua with 2 magnificent volcanos. You can climb them, or simply rent a scooter to cruise the island.
San Juan del Sur
hours from Granada, this established resort from south Nicaragua will unveil
beaches to surf, sunbathe or discover turtle eggs.
favorite hotel: Buena Vista Surf Club is
located 15 min north of SJDS in Playa Maderas. The owner Marco, a charming
dutch settled in Nicaragua for 10 years, can speak perfect english, french and
spanish (email@example.com; +505 8863 4180). The
place is awesome with a breathtaking view and a “jungle chic” atmosphere.
favorite surf shop: Bon Voyage Nicaragua (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Bastien, a french passionate surfer, will take you for a surf day tour (ca. USD
30/pers including surfboard rental and lunch). He knows all SJDS best spots and
will give you advice based on your level and preferences.
don’t think Managua worth a visit. However if you have to stop there before
taking a flight back, you can stop in a small and clean hotel next to the
airport, in a safe neighbourhood.
favorite hotel: Hotel El Balcon Real, 3 min from the airport. Send an email to Karla and she’ll
welcome you warmly (http://www.balconrealnicaragua.com; email@example.com)
Our favorite hostal
: Managua Backpackers Inn (ca $10/night/pers in a dorm, breakfast included) is located more in the center and has a swimming pool (www.managuahostel.com)