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Affordable Nicaragua

In this Central American country, history is alive and always present.
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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Duration: Multiple days

Overview :  T+L finds well-preserved colonial towns and remnants of the 1970’s revolution, teeming jungles, white-sand beaches, and charming... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Anastasia’s on the Sea

The property has low-rent oceanfront rooms for strapped travelers. Walk the 20 paces to the end of the pier, over the dazzling blue-green shallows and into the rustic, colonnaded one-room restaurant. It’s intimate but not claustrophobic, bare wooden walls with blue-and-white trim, open windows, snorkels and flippers for rent in a corner; an... More

The property’s 20 cabanas overlook an infinity pool.

Address:
Big Corn Island
Nicaragua

Phone:
505-644-0925

3. Cocina de Dona Haydee

You can have a terrific lunch on the porch. The restaurant is run by the Espinosa sisters, Alicia and Irene, and named after their mother, who was still making the pork and chicken nacatamales into her nineties.

Address:
Carretera a Masaya (and other locations)
Managua
Nicaragua

Phone:
505-270-6100

This dark, candlelit restaurant, despite the name (The Third Eye), wears its bohemianism lightly. The crowd is younger and more stylish and Nicaraguan than in the places right on the plaza, and the shelves of books and haze of cigarette smoke (ah, travel) makes one wonder if there is a Spanish word for gemütlich. Three orders of tapas made a ... More

5. Hotel La Gran Francia

The hotel was originally built in the 16th century, and in 1995 sensitively restored. The 21 rooms, on two stories, are built around a large courtyard open to the sky. The floors of the rooms are gold-and-terra-cotta tile with a patina of age. First-rate breakfasts and lunches (delicious French toast and fruit, fresh fried coconut shrimp, the... More

6. Morgan’s Rock Hacienda & Ecolodge

Most guests heading to this thatched-roof resort near La Flor National Park pack hiking boots and swimsuits, anticipating the area’s tropical forests and Pacific Coast beaches. But some also bring books to donate to the school that Morgan’s Rock helps support. The lodge is blazing a trail in Central America’s green-tourism industry with its... More

7. Solentiname Tours

The outfitter can provide custom, on-the-ground itineraries.

Address:
Apartado Postal 1388
Managua
Nicaragua

Phone:
505-265-2716