Aren’t you scared to with your kids to Nicaragua? Is not safe, you know! These are some of the things I heard from my family and friends when I told them we were going to Nicaragua for our family vacation. I truly understand their concerns and of course I did my homework before decided to go there. Nicaragua did have a bad reputation long ago but many of my friends who have gone, have told me how amazing this country is!
Our first stop on this trip was Granada. Granada is home of the oldest cathedral in Central America. Granada is full of beautiful architecture, is a delightful town to walk!
I really wanted to stay at the Chocolate hotel however since my family is big so we stayed at an AIRBNB(click her for a $40 off coupon). The house was very spacious and we had a amazing view of Laguna Del Apoyo. The house was located just a short drive from Granada.
We decided to grab breakfast at the Chocolate Museum in Granada before going out to explode the colonial town. The food was yummy! For $7, you get to feast on an unlimited buffet of crepes, packages, waffles, eggs, bacon and typical Nicaraguan breakfast foods. The kids were able to make their own chocolate and they had a blast!
The next day we got to explore Laguna Apoyo. We spend the day at The Monkey Hut. Where we swam, kayak, and paddle boarded. The kids were so excited to swim in an (inactive) volcano crater. It was very scenic and not too crowded. This lake is just beautiful. The water was warm enough for swimming, overall it was a great way to spend the day.
A few day later, we headed to San Juan del Sur. San Juan del Sur was defiantly on my to do list and it did not disappoint. San Juan Del Sur(SJDS) is a beach community located on the south coast of Nicaragua. The beaches there are amazing and had some incredible sunsets. The Melecon(beach area) has great shops and restaurants.
We went up to Mirador del Cristo de la Misericordia, where we go to see breath taking views of the town! The hike up to the statue will have you break a sweat! However, once you see the breathtaking views, it will be worth it. The statue itself is quite amazing. San Juan del Sur is a hidden gem!
Nicaragua is a safe country, I never once felt unsafe. I tell everyone that it’s a cheaper Costa Rica! It’s a poor country and you do get a glimpse of that. However, the people are quite wonderful. Very friendly, polite and helpful. I had a wonderful time and will defiantly be back again.
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