7 Reasons Nicaragua Should Be On Your Bucket List

Nicaragua is a country famous for its numerous breathtaking lakes and volcanoes and is located between the North and South of America. It is the largest country in Central America and is bordered by Honduras to the north and Costa Rica to the south. Nicaragua is the ideal location for a fearless and thrill-seeking traveller, and this article will explain exactly why!

1. The Land Of Volcanoes  🌋

If you are a geology fanatic and love a volcano, then Nicaragua is definitely for you. Known as the land of volcanoes, Nicaragua is home to massive, active and dormant volcanoes. Its highest volcano is the; San Cristobal Volcano. This is just one of the country’s many peaks that adventure-seeking tourists attempt to climb - this volcano represents a challenge for those who demand themselves to do hiking.
Cúspide del Volcán San Cristóbal. Chinandega, Nicaragua.

2. Brilliant Surfing Opportunities 🏄

Nicaragua's Caribbean and Pacific coast is a hotspot for surfers of all levels! Here, surfers will find some of the country’s best waves. Whether you're a beginner looking to try something new out or an experienced wave rider who wants to tick off a new location where they’ve mastered their skill, this is the location for just that. A top place to hit the waves would be in the province of Rivas - waves here average 3-5ft and average about 330 days of offshore winds.
Playa Maderas, Nicaragua

3. Breathtaking Diving Experiences 🤿

The top diving spots in Nicaragua are found along the Caribbean coast. The country is home to some of the most well-preserved and stunning, secluded diving spots in the world where those who are willing to go deep down will swim alongside phenomenal marine life. Divers will be accompanied under the surface by eels, sharks, rays, groupers, and African pompano along the 12 km stretch of the reef in the Caribbean Sea. Question is, would you go diving with these fishy friends?
Little corn island, Nicaragua

4. Teeming With Wildlife 🐢🍃

Nicaragua is absolutely teeming with wildlife, with some species being indigenous to this tropical and diverse country. Mammals here include; pumas, jaguars, ocelots, margays, various monkeys and deer, birds range from eagles to egrets to macaws to pelicans and there are a variety of fish, reptiles and insects that are also inhabitants. Unfortunately, wildlife and biodiversity levels are depleting here - this is another reason you need to visit and make the most of the natural wonders this location possesses.

5. Explore Historic Léon 🏙️

Léon is the cultural capital of Nicaragua. It is home to educational and religious institutes and is a stand out location in the country. Tourists should take the time out to visit the historical site to educate themselves and enjoy the youthful energy and a packed calendar of cultural events here. A top tourist location here is the Metropolitan Cathedral, one of the largest and most important in Central America. This spot is interesting from an architectural point of view and for the departed great and good of Nicaragua, whose final resting place is here.
León Cathedral Rooftop, León, Nicaragua

6. Friendly People & Less Crowded 🇳🇮

The Nicaraguans are known for welcoming visitors and being overwhelmingly friendly and open to tourists and outsiders. There is also far less crime here than in the rest of Central America; this results from the tight-knit communities that live here. In addition to the friendly people, Nicaragua should be on your bucket list because it is an unknown and understood location. This means it is much quieter here than in other Central American locations. This will allow you to make the most of your travel here, avoiding the hustle and bustle of other touristy sites whilst giving back to the people of this beautiful country.
Masachapa, Nicaragua

7. A Culinary Treat 🍴

Spanish colonial culture is a significant part of Nicaraguan life and naturally plays a role in its food. The cuisine here is important in its history and present way of life. Tourists are in for a real treat when visiting Nicaragua as they can feast on some of the most unique and popular dishes. Many of the local dishes are based on corn, and some of them are cooked on banana leaves for a unique taste. Some popular dishes to try include; Gallo Pinto (Rice and Beans), Quesillo (tortilla topped with molten cheese, pickled sliced onions, sour cream) and Sopa De Queso (chicken broth topped with crispy fried cheese balls).
Nicaraguan Food

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Nicaragua - Facts before you go


🇪🇸 Spanish (official); Miskito is spoken on the Caribbean Coast


💵  Córdoba (C$) & USD is widely accepted

Time Zone

⏰ Central Standard Time (GMT-6)

International Dialing Code


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Imogen Kemp
August 30, 2023

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