About Nicaragua

Many people know of Costa Rica and its focus on eco-tourism, but few are aware that its northern neighbour, Nicaragua, boasts an ecosystem just as rich which remains as yet largely undiscovered. In part due to many years of post-revolution instability, Nicaragua as a tourist destination is a well-kept secret. And according to one UN report, it is considered the safest country in the Western hemisphere, after Canada!

To describe here everything that makes Nicaragua so special would be too long, as each region possesses its own natural beauty and cultural richness. One thing is for sure: everywhere you go you will be charmed by the Nicaraguan people, welcoming you and looking to help you at every turn.

When to go

Nicaragua's summer or dry season starts in November, and the best months are November to March. The closer you get to April the hotter and drier it gets, culminating with the start of winter with the first rains in May. Rain showers between May and September are sometimes quite sporadic, especially on the dry tropical Pacific coast, so that a vacation in Huehuete in July or August can be very pleasant. October is the wettest month and is definitely not the best time to visit.

Nicaragua Facts

Did you know that...?
  • Nicaragua is the largest country in Central America and lies between Honduras to the North and Costa Rica to the South, and between the Pacific Ocean to the West and the Caribbean Sea to the East
  • Nicaragua is the second poorest country in the Western Hemisphere but boasts one of the lowest crime rates
  • Spanish is the official language, sprinkled with Nahuatl words, but English is also spoken by inhabitants of the Atlantic coast, and the Miskito language can still be heard among the Caribbean indigenous population
  • The population of Nicaragua is approximately 6 million inhabitants, of which 65% live in the Pacific region
  • The 1972 earthquake (magnitude 6.2) destroyed the city center of Managua
  • Lake Nicaragua (lago de Cocibolca) is the largest lake in Central America and is only slightly smaller than Lake Titicaca
  • Nicaragua was one of the most modern and prosperous countries in Central America under the increasingly repressive Somoza family regime (1936-1979)
  • During the Gold Rush of the 1850's, the cheapest route to California from the east coast was through Nicaragua - Prospectors travelled by steamer from New York to the Atlantic coast of Nicaragua, up the Rio San Juan to Lake Nicaragua, crossing over to Rivas and then travelling by train or stagecoach to take another steamer to San Francisco
  • Nicaragua became a democracy with the 1979 Sandinista revolution, after 43 years of Somoza dictatorship
  • Nicaragua's specialty coffees grown in the Matagalpa, Jinotega and Segovias regions are appreciated all over the world
  • Lake Nicaragua is home to the world's only fresh water shark
  • Nicaragua's own Flor de Caña rum is considered to be one the best in the world
  • The inter-oceanic Canal was originally going to be built in Nicaragua, but ended up in Panama
  • While playing with the Montreal Expos, Nicaraguan baseball player Dennis "El Presidente" Martinez became in 1991 the first Latin-born pitcher to pitch a perfect game
  • Cigar Aficionado magazine regularly rates Nicaraguan cigars among the best in the world
  • The great Nicaraguan poet Rubén Darío (1867-1916) initiated the modernismo literary movement and has had a great and lasting influence on 20th century Spanish literature and journalism