I recently read a quote that really stuck with me, "Life begins at the end of your comfort zone." I can't recall who said this, but this is what travel represents to me. It is easy for me to stay in my comfort zone, go to places that I know, but where is the 'living' in this?
A close friend of mine, recently returned from a trip to Nicaragua and she told me it was one of the best adventures she has ever been on. She shared with me, that it had exceeded her expectations in every way.
Still not on the tourist's radar, she told me that it was fairly easy travel around, gorgeous beaches, and nice little hotels spotted throughout the country.
In the back of my mind, I still think of Nicaragua as being a bit dangerous, but according to statistics by Interpol and the United Nations, Nicaragua is considered to be one of the safest countries in the Americas. Only second to Costa Rica, in Central America for safety.
Nicaragua has a wide variety of recreations for every interest and ability. You can visit the Spanish colonial cities of Granada and Leon, or surf world-class waves, hike volcanoes, or zip-line through the forest canopy.
Recently, I spoke with Lucas Boychuk, Director of Operations, Surf Ranch Hotels & Resorts. Lucas shared with me all the top tips for travel in this country, whose official name is the Republic of Nicaragua.
What is the best time to visit Nicaragua?
The dry season, from November through May, is a good time to visit Nicaragua. June through October is known as the "green season," this is when the tropical rains can bring lush foliage and crisper clean air.
What is it like getting around Nicaragua?
Getting around can be stress-free, pleasant and secure throughout Nicaragua. Taxis are offered at the airport and major hotels. Car rental companies are located at the airport and at other locations. Visitors can use their own driver's license for thirty days after entering the country. Taxis are readily available and cost effective throughout the republic.
What is Nicaraguan cuisine?
Nicaragua cuisine includes rice, beans and corn. Nicaraguan grass-fed beef results in delicious steaks, sometimes cooked on wood-burning grills. Fresh seafood is readily available and the menu prices in Nicaragua are considerably lower than in North America. At a nicer restaurant, you can enjoy a scrumptious steak or seafood for less than $15.
There are a wide assortment of sports and activities for everyone. Skateboard parks, rock climbing wall, private gym, airbag jump and volleyball court. There are also many extreme sports and activities such as surfing, skateboarding, sailing, fishing, yoga, rock climbing and much more.
You can find everything from condos, to villas and more. They are available in a range to fit different budgets and comfort levels.
When traveling in Nicaragua, it is a good idea to check the Government of Canada Travel advisory, just to check for any updates for health, weather or any other new information (in fact, I check this for all the countries I travel to - better to be safe!).
Please let me know in the comments below, if you have been to Nicaragua and if so, what were your favourite spots or restaurants. I'd love to hear from you!
Let's keep thriving and living our very best lives! Keep an eye on my blog, as I continue to travel to unique destinations and reveal all the best travel tips.