Grenada, Nicaragua exudes enough charm with its pastel colored colonial buildings, but when the city is decorated for Christmas the place becomes magical. The sight of Christmas trees and twinkling lights in the tropics feels strange at first, but when you consider that the majority of people are Catholic it makes a lot of sense. Nicaragua is a great destination around Christmastime, because the weather is drier and the air is cooler, in addition to all the lights and festivities. Granada in general is an essential stop in any Nicaragua itinerary. The city is a major attraction unto itself due to its beauty and history. However, it is also the jumping off point for exploration of Isla Ometepe and the Solentiname Archipelago on Lago de Nicaragua. Granada is an easy bus ride from Managua or the Costa Rican border.