With the growing trend of getting back to nature and the simple pleasures of life, Nicaragua’s abundance of activities is attracting not only a wide variety of travelers, but also an increasing number of ex-patriot residents looking for an exciting retirement option or second home in Central America. The following featured activities highlight why so many are choosing to make Nicaragua a part of their permanent lifestyle.
Sport Fishing With her enormous coast lines and fresh water lakes and rivers, Nicaragua is a sport fisherman’s dream come true. From ocean fishing for rooster fish, yellow fin tuna, dorado, marlin, grouper, snapper, snook, and sailfish, to fresh water fishing for world class tarpon, the opportunities to live a great fish story are plentiful.
Surfing Nicaragua is becoming a popular destination for surfing and still has much smaller crowds compared to Costa Rica. Beaches along the Pacific coast are perfect for both the beginner and advanced surfer, with waves ranging anywhere from chest high and crumbling to double overhead and barreling. Waves can reach up to 30 feet with world class form when the time is right, attracting professional surfers from around the globe to ride them.
Tree Canopy Tours Swinging from the trees is for just about everyone. A variety of tree canopy tours are available in San Juan del Sur, Granada, and Managua, where you can feel the rush of excitement while you zip down the mountain above the tree tops full of monkeys and tropical birds.
Beaches Boasting some of the most beautiful beaches along the Pacific coast of the America’s, you can opt to surf, fish, swim, snorkel, picnic, walk, or simply relax and listen to the waves crash on the shore.
Dining San Juan del Sur, Granada, and Managua all boast a healthy list of restaurant options offering international cuisine from local foods to Mexican, Spanish, Italian, Oriental, Organic, Mediterranean, French, and many more. You can enjoy amazing foods each night of the week, at very reasonable prices.
Arts & Crafts From artisan ceramics and paintings to creatively designed souvenirs, you will find yourself constantly coming up with a reason to purchase Nicaraguan arts and crafts for yourself or for a family member or friend.
Yoga From the day spa to the yoga retreat, southwestern Nicaragua is becoming a popular yoga destination because of its relaxing, natural environment. Classes and private instruction are offered at numerous hotels, and several retreat centers are currently under construction, where both retreats and teacher training seminars will be held.
Volcanoes & Lakes
Nicaragua has been coined as the country of volcanoes and lakes because she has so many. You can hike a good number of volcanoes to capture breath taking views of the Nicaraguan landscape and to immerse yourself in the ultimate tropical rainforest environment. Crater lakes are the perfect day escape, where you can go sailing or swimming.
Turtle Watching With some of the world’s largest sea turtle preserves, Nicaragua’s beaches are the place to be when the turtles come in to lay their eggs, and ultimately for the baby turtles to hatch and make their journey back to the ocean. This is an activity that never gets old, no matter how many times you witness it.
Sunsets Hands down, you will witness some of the world’s most beautiful sunsets while in Nicaragua, as the sun goes down over the Pacific Ocean every evening.
Colonial Cities Granada and Leon are two of Latin America’s oldest Spanish colonial cities, full of remnants from Nicaragua’s colorful history yet alive with contemporary Nicaraguan culture and tourism.