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An Insider’s Look at My Favorite Hotel in Granada, Nicaragua

Have I mentioned Granada, Nicaragua is one of my favorite destinations?

Yes, I have. Here and here. But to get you up to speed, all you really need to know is this city (and country, for that matter!), is one of the most beautiful in Central Americas. There’s stunning lakes and volcanoes, delicious coffee, rainforests and beaches, incredible surfing, and traditional foods bursting with the kind of flavor and love you’d expect from a grandma. In fact, some of the best meals I’ve eaten in Nicaragua are served from homes, not restaurants. Ask at your hotel and they’ll point you in the right direction!

What’s especially notable about Nicaragua is that is hasn’t become the tourist-filled mecca that many of its neighbors have (not that there’s anything wrong with that, Costa Rica). This just means there’s less crowds to fight, lots of authentic experiences to be had, plus prices are a little more manageable.

Take my favorite hotel, La Gran Francia. This boutique hotel is conveniently located, with well-appointed rooms, air conditioning, a tiny (but lovely!) pool, and surprisingly efficient wifi. It’s considered pretty high-end, but here that only means about $80-90 a night per person. Not bad at all!

Here’s an insiders look at why I adore this Granada, Nicaragua gem:

Have you been to Nicaragua? Share your travel tips in the comments!

This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. Have hundreds of Nica experiences going back to the Christmas earthquake. To keep it short I would advise that laws seem to be made up whenever the Sandinistas sort of feel like making them up as if to suit a certain situation. Government has a history of corruption worse than Mexico’s.

    Never say “aquí fue Grenada” , a phrase uttered by William Walker, US born filibusterer after he torched the town in 1856.

    One more thing. I once danced with Rosario Murillo, Daniel Ortega’s wife at a wedding in Costa Rica. As I recall she asked me to dance to make her then boyfriend jealous.

  2. I haven’t been to Nicaragua, but I would love to go! Granada and the towns on the Pacific side certainly, but I also read about Little Corn Island on the Caribbean side and it sounds fascinating!

  3. My husband and I vacationed in Costa Rica and Nicaragua in 2015, and Nica by far surpassed CR. We ate like a king and queen with only $20 (for one meal). Took a boat ride to the islets in Lake Nicaragua which was only $20 for the both of us. It was unbelievable! The next time you go, check out the Tribal Hotel. You will not regret it!

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