Nicaragua is the largest country in Central America and just north of the mega touristy Costa Rica, yet, the country is still largely unexplored . Of course, this doesn’t mean that Nicaragua doesn’t have anything in its offer to attract visitors. Many travel experts claim that Nicaragua will be one of the top travel destinations in this 2016. Beaches, surfing, low costs and tons of natural preserves are just some of the reasons people are looking north of Costa Rica to Nicaragua for a Central American get-away.
The beaches in this exotic Central American country are its top tourist attraction. The most beautiful sandy beaches in this country are situated on the Pacific coast. Some of these beaches have shallow waters, which means that even beginner swimmers can enjoy their stay. Some of the best beaches on the Pacific Coast are Montelimar, San Juan del Sur, La Flor, La Boquita and Pochomil. Known as one of Nicaragua’s best kept secrets, the Caribbean Coast is far less touristy. It does have some unparalleled opportunities to enjoy the wonders of nature. Largely untouched by modern development, you will be able to experience beautiful coral r reefs, crystal clear waters and a brush with the locals. The Corn Islands just off of the Caribbean are know as come of the most beautiful beaches in Central America.
To coincide with its great beaches, Nicaragua has great surfing destinations as well. Places like San Juan del Sur one of the most popular coastal towns in Nicaragua (at least when it comes to foreign travelers) and Popoyo are packed with beaches suitable for surfing. Because of the consistency of the waves and weather, surfers from around the globe visit Nicaragua to enjoy surfing. Some of the best surfing beaches are Playa Colorado, Astillero Beach Break, Aschunchillo and Playa Hermosa.
Another interesting thing about Nicaragua is its beautiful cities. Many city streets are lined with colorful colonial architecture. The capital city of Managua has a population of 1.7 million people and is located on the coast of Lake Managua. It has a huge traditional market where tourists can find all things Nicaragua. fdsaf to popular belief, Managua is a very safe place with low crime rates. Petty theft is known to happen, but you can generally avoid it by using common sense.
Another great colonial city in Nicaragua is Granada. Founded in 1524 by the Spanish explorer Francisco Cordoba, this city served as a very important port for many decades. It is now one of the most visited places in Nicaragua full of great restaurants, museums and boutique hotels. Finally, those who will travel to Nicaragua this year should definitely visit the city of Leon – a city with long history and interesting manmade and natural attractions.
It doesn’t really matter where in Nicaragua you are headed because you can’t miss the beautiful nature of this country. The flora and fauns is unique and unforgettable. There are numerous natural reserves across Nicaragua, but the most popular and famous one is Bosawas. Officially known as Bosawas Bioshpere Reserve this park covers an area of 20.000 square kilometers. It actually represents a tropical forest located in the northern part of Nicaragua and a small part of it is located in neighboring Honduras. This is the place where you can find more than one thousand animal species and some of them are endemic. Of course, there are some very rare plants that can be found in Bosawas too. The only downside about this place is its inaccessibility. The infrastructure in this part of the country is not well-developed, but you can still find tours that will get you there.
Keep in mind that these are only some of the reasons why Nicaragua is one of the top places to visit in 2016. You will have to go for yourself to find your favorite reasons.