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!