Stay. Eat. Do: A Wayfarer's Guide to Nicaragua
Why Nicaragua? Is it safe there? Where the hell is Nicaragua? Are you gonna get kidnapped there? These were a few of the questions I heard after telling friends and coworkers that I was going to Nicaragua for spring break. Well to start, Nicaragua is located in Central America with Honduras to the north and Costa Rica to the south. Yes, it is safe to travel to, so the chances of you getting kidnapped by some local drug cartel is extremely low. So why Nicaragua, because why not? Nicaragua is the least expensive, equally amazing version of Costa Rica. If you're looking to be adventurous or simply looking to relax, Nicaragua has options for both. While Nicaragua still remains slightly under the radar, we don't expect it to stay that way for long. It is a beautiful country with friendly people and amazing weather. So check out our "stay, eat, do" for Nicaragua.
When it comes to lodging we believe in the philosophy "Vacation Rentals > Hotels". San Juan Del Sur is loaded with rentals that offer everything from tree houses to beach front villas. We rented this tree house in San Juan Del Sur on AirBnb for $75 and spent most of everyday relaxing by the pool and enjoying the views.
If I weren't so frugal (read:cheap as hell), I would have chosen to stay in either one of these places...
I realize that this next statement is pretty shameful but it's the truth. I had the BEST BREAKFAST SANDWICH EVER in Nicaragua. I know, it's pretty pathetic. I'm sure you were expecting me to rave about some Nicaraguan dish, but truth is, the best thing I ate in Nicaragua was that awesome ass egg and bacon sandwich pictured to the left. While I could write endless paragraphs about just how damn good that sandwich was, I would really be doing a disservice to the country if I did. Nicaragua has miles and miles of plantain and sugar cane fields and some of the freshest fruit I have ever tasted in my life. Here's a couple options for eating in San Juan Del Sur...
Republika had some of the best tacos in San Juan Del Sur. The wait staff was very friendly and overall it's just a cool looking spot. If you're there early enough, try the Belgian Waffles, you can thank me later.
REMANSO BEACH BAR & GRILL
Remanso Beach is a lowkey beach for surfers 15 mins south of San Juan Del Sur. Remanso Beach Bar and Grill is one of only two options at this beach but it's definitely worth visiting. Spend sometime surfing the waves and then order a smoothie from the bar and relax on one of the beach chairs or hammocks provided.
There are a ton of things to do in Nicaragua. Whether you are looking to relax, surf the waves on the Pacific Coast or hike a volcano, it can all be done in Nicaragua. Here's a list of activities:
Take a day trip to Grenada and shop the markets.
Surf at Remanso Beach, Playa Hermosa or Playa Maderas.
Volcano surfing - I didn't get a chance to do this and I'm pissed about it.