Collected by Ann Shields, AFAR Staff
José de Marcoleta, León, Nicaragua
Most travelers consider a visit to a Latin American country incomplete without a stop at a local market. It doesn't necessarily have to be motivated by a target purchase; often, the joy of market-going is in observing area life and spotting...
Exit through the gift shop? Yes, please, especially if it involves selecting a bottle or two of Nicaraguan rum. Flor de Caña’s distillery has such a shop, of course, wherein visitors can purchase one of the “Centenario” editions of aged rums....
NIC-24A, Corinto, Nicaragua
If you just can't get enough of those ocean views, head to Costa Azul for a meal. This establishment sits right on the waterfront, and guests can dine at a table on the terrace, watching boats come and go. As might be expected, seafood dominates...
Calle Central, Chinandega, Nicaragua
El Paraíso—"Paradise" in English—may be an aspirational name for a restaurant where diners eat under a thatched roof, but no one seems inclined to argue about the quality of the food here. The menu is meat-heavy, and a favorite of repeat patrons...
It's not without reason that Nicaragua is being described by travel writers and marketers as "the next Costa Rica," a nod to the country's biodiversity and pristine habitats. Get a glimpse of some of the native bird and plant species at the...
Nicaraguan rum may not be as well known to most Americans as Puerto Rican and Dominican brands, but that's likely to change as more visitors sample Flor de Caña. You can do so at the rum manufacturer's distillery in Chichigalpa, about 45 minutes...
You may not have thought about it when peeling a banana in your kitchen at home, but most bananas consumed in the U.S. (and elsewhere) come from Nicaragua. In fact, Finca Emma, a 300-hectare (741-acre) plantation, is the largest banana exporter in...
Av Central, León, Nicaragua
León is one of Nicaragua’s most popular destinations, thanks to its gorgeous architecture. Most of it isn’t original—León was leveled by an earthquake less than a century after its founding in 1524—but the rebuild is lovely (and old!) in its own...
Chinandega Department, Nicaragua
Cortijo El Rosario is famous throughout Central America for its breeding and showing of Spanish and Lusitano purebred horses, and its grounds are open to the public for daily demonstrations of equestrian training. Visits include a traditional...