Nicaragua — Bordered by both the Caribbean and Pacific, this Central American nation’s name fittingly translates to “surrounded by water.” Known for its abundant beaches (any type you’d like: white-sand or wild, ready for relaxation or rife with riptides), it’s also marked by a geological fault line that’s helped to conjure some 24 volcanoes, seven of which are still alive and booming (most can be hiked). Explore the rain forest, observe freshwater sharks in Lake Nicaragua, and take advantage of bargain stays in this growing ecotourism market.

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For great values and laid-back tropical style, colonial charm and untouched natural beauty.

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The Corn Islands: The Other Nicaragua

December 16, 2016 by Mark Orwoll

The less-visited Caribbean side of Nicaragua is another world, where Creole English trumps Spanish, fresh seafood is more common than the traditional corn-based ... Read More »


Nicaragua: 3 Ways to Stay, from Budget to Splurge

February 16, 2016 by Karen Catchpole

The seven countries that make up Central America (Costa Rica, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Panama, Belize, and Guatemala) offer something for every ... Read More »


6 Great Resorts for the Solo Traveler

May 28, 2015 by Aly Walansky

Sometimes, the best trip is the one you take with yourself. When you're traveling solo, you get to explore a destination on your own terms with no compromise -- ... Read More »


Deal Alert: Aqua Wellness in Nicaragua for $142/Night

January 12, 2015 by Kristine Hansen

Nicaragua ended up on our Top Budget Destinations of 2015 for a reason. This hot deal is just one example of the destination's affordability -- and at a time ... Read More »


How to: Experience Costa Rica and Nicaragua in One Trip

October 15, 2014 by Pamela Jacobs

Long known as a mecca for surfers and sun-seekers, Costa Rica is, has been, and always will be a hotspot. But what many travelers are only just starting to ... Read More »

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