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The wonders of nature abound in Nicaragua, a "Land of Lakes and Volcanoes" that stretches from Honduras in the north to Costa Rica in the south. As the largest country in Central America, Nicaragua's 50,338 square miles include breathtaking colonial cities, sweeping swaths of tropical rainforest, windswept Pacific coves, and tranquil Caribbean beaches. Surfers, birders, and history lovers alike will find adventure at their fingertips in our Nicaragua vacation rentals.
Your journey begins in Granada, the picturesque colonial city founded by Francisco Hernández de Córdoba during his 16th-century conquest of Nicaragua. Beloved for its calm streets and colorful architecture, Granada also sits on the shores of Lake Nicaragua - the largest lake in Central America and the only freshwater lake that is home to sharks, swordfish, and other ocean life.
You'll find more than 400 islands in Lake Nicaragua, but the most fascinating among them is Ometepe to the south, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve that was formed by the bridging of Concepción and Maderas' volcanic peaks. Another of Nicaragua's 24 volcanoes, the 4,409-foot Mombacho, sits on the lake's western shores, offering a quiet respite for hikers in Mombacho Volcano Nature Reserve.
Head southeast from Lake Nicaragua to enter the Río San Juan region, a burgeoning destination for ecotourism in the largest expanse of tropical rainforest north of the Amazon. Go fishing in the Río San Juan, visit the Indio Maíz Biological Reserve, and keep your eyes peeled for more than 700 species of resident and migratory birds that nest in Nicaragua.
Visit León in the northwest to discover Granada's only rival for colonial architecture, gorgeous churches, and rich political history. And in the mountainous region to the northeast, the cities of Jinotega and Matagalpa are renowned for their coffee farms that produce the country's most important crop.
But perhaps nowhere in Nicaragua will you feel more at ease than on the coastlines that trace the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. Surfers can find world-class waves at Popoyo, Playa El Coco, Playa Maderas, and other spectacular Pacific beaches in San Juan del Sur, while beach-goers can find isolation on the calm Caribbean coast. Spend your time swimming, kayaking, and living out your tropical fantasies on the Corn Islands roughly 40 miles offshore, or take a boat out for a day trip around the Pearl Cays.
Let our Nicaragua vacation rentals introduce you to this natural wonderland - book your escape to Central America today!
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