Nicaragua is where the Caribbean meets Central America, and offers a perfect blend of the two in a country that is still little-known to most casual travellers. Many regions, such as the eastern Mosquito Coast and San Juan del Sur, are raw and pure – the highlands have virgin cloud forest and the coasts have jungles, turtle breeding grounds and peaceful fishing villages. The colonial city of Granada is about as metropolitan as it gets!
The Corn Islands offer bare foot paradise, with relatively little development and few visitors. They consist of two small Caribbean islands (Big and Little Corn) which are fringed with coral and ideal for swimming, snorkelling and diving. These no-frills islands have a West Indian charm and character with a very relaxed pace of life.
Granada is a charming colonial city sitting on the shores of Lake Nicaragua. Elegant facades and vibrant plazas line the cobbled streets in the shadow of Mombacho volcano. The city grew wealthy as it lay on the principal route across the isthmus before the Panama Canal was built.
San Juan del Sur is a scenic fishing village at the head of a horseshoe bay. The peaceful southern Pacific coast has dramatic sunsets, rolling ocean waves and tranquil beauty. Sea turtles are still regular visitors to these stretches of beach and one of the most popular nesting sites – ‘La Flor’ – is within easy reach.