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Kent Payne of Gran Pacifica – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
One of my favorite things to do in Nicaragua is to take in a movie.  One might think that the movies would all be in Spanish, with Latin actors and story lines set in Central or South America. Not so at hate Galerias, one of several shopping centers in Managua.  
 
When I have a few hours to kill, I'll check out the movie list (there are 8 screens) and see if there is a convenient time for a VIP showing of one of the first run movies that comes out about two days later than in the states.  All presented in their original language (English, usually) with Spanish subtitles.   So I get a first run viewing of a brand new Hollywood production, and get a Spanish lesson at the same time.  Usually, the language in the subtitles is not near as bad as the actual script, i.e. the word "maldicion" is used for many of the 'expletives' in the movie.  Simply translated, "maldicion" basically means 'bad language'.  There are more literal translations not to be used in blogs!!!
 
Oh, yes....why the VIP movie?  Big leather seats, with enough space for the largest torso, reclining back with only about 30 other people in the audience (you select a reserve seat when you get your ticket), and you have a waiter who'll start you a tab for sandwiches, sushi, hot dogs, or other cuisine, along with beers, sodas, and even wine.  Entry is about $8 for the movie, and you can 'pitch till you win' on the beverages.   And they take you credit card right at the seat.  
Dr. Carlos Alemán of Centro de Diseño Denta (Clínica Dental) – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Cows on the beach, Nicaragua – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingWhat are the best things to do in Nicaragua depends on your interest. A lot of people coming from other countries come here for the nature. They go to the forests, the mountains, ride horses, see cows, and breathe fresh air.
 
Other people come here to Nicaragua for the surf. San Juan del Sur, which is in the southern part of Nicaragua, is a well-known place for surfers. A lot of local and international surfers come to San Juan del Sur to stay for a few weeks or even to live there. There are lots of beaches in Nicaragua that you can visit, too. There are some that are close to the capital and places like San Juan del Sur, which is almost 2 hours away from Managua. 
 
People also come to Nicaragua to go to lakes, volcanoes, and lagoons, since we have a lot of them here. Recently, we have one very active volcano, Volcan Masaya. You will see lava coming out of the volcano and you can even do a little tour to learn what goes on with an active volcano. It is very similar to the ones you will see in Hawaii. 
 
I have patients who come here for dental work for which I have a little package. They go to Montelimar, for example, which is a three-star beach resort with a pool, after they have their dental procedures done. 
 
I think the best attractions in Nicaragua are the beach, the mountains, and the lakes, which is what most visitors come to Nicaragua for. Personally, my family and I go to the beaches and the mountains in Estelí where they have reserves. Estelí has places where you can spend the weekend with your family. The weather is great. We go to the mountains and go horseback riding, which is another nice activity to do here in Nicaragua. We don’t necessarily go to San Juan del Sur, which is the popular beach and surf area, but we go to the beaches that are closer to Managua.
 
Just recently, I went to a volcano and it’s nice to see a lot of people who are also there to learn about how these volcanoes work. I also like going around the city. You can go to big malls and go shopping. Shopping in Nicaragua is cheaper compared to other places in Central America. Overall, clothes, food, and security are way cheaper here in Nicaragua than the whole of Central America.
 
(Pictured: Cows strolling on the beach in Nicaragua taken by Felice Berenson.)
Elizabeth Samayoa of Bosa Tours and Travel – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Painting of volcanoe in Nicaragua, with boat in foreground – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingNicaragua has a bit of everything so everybody can enjoy this land. In Nicaragua, you cannot get easily bored. We can classify the activities to do in and around Nicaragua by beach and sun, active and adventure, eco and nature, and cultural and colonial.
 
Nicaragua has some of the best beaches in Central America. Some of the best are located in Tola, Rivas. Here you will find private, virgin, secluded beaches and tranquil environments. On the other hand, there are beaches closer to San Juan del Sur bay, best known for their nightlife and loud activities.
 
Nicaragua, known as "Land of Lakes and Volcanoes" is great for adventure seekers. You can climb volcanoes such as San Cristobal which is 1,700 meters in height or descend a 500 meters volcano by sand boarding. Another option is in northern Nicaragua, where you can hike tropical forests and coffee plantations, or do some kayaking and rafting in lagoons and rivers.
 
Nicaragua is a green country; eco lodgings and eco activities are booming.  Places such as Ometepe Island, Matagalpa, Jinotega, Mombacho Nature Reserve, San Juan River, Apoyo Lagoon are a must for those looking to immerse in nature, relax, and forget all those addictive electronic appliances.
 
Finally, Nicaragua has a rich culture. Its best two colonial cities are Granada and Leon, which offer histories of old churches, buildings, and ruins. Visiting these two colonial cities is a must if you are in Nicaragua.
 
Jeffrey Soderlind of Horizon Group – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Wow, where to start?  Nicaragua offers a very wide variety of things to do.  
 
If you're looking for an adventure, then you can surf, fish, hike volcanoes, kayak lakes, snorkel or scuba dive in the Caribbean or mountain bike.  If you're looking for something more laid-back, then you can sightsee in the colonial cities of Granada and Leon, or visit one of the many volcanoes like San Cristobal, Cerro Negro, Momotombo, Masaya, Mombacho and Ometepe Island, or relax on one of the numerous gorgeous beaches that stretch along the entire Pacific coast.
 
There is pretty much something for everyone here.
Blue van Doorninck of Rancho Chilamate Horseback Adventures & Guest Ranch – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Nicaragua beach Rancho Chilamate sunset two people making a heart – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingThe best thing to do in Nicaragua is surfing.
 
You can also go horseback riding and hiking.
 
There are lots of zip lining, sailing, and fishing activities here, too.
 
One of the things that is nice here in Nicaragua when you have nothing to do is to hang in a hammock and read a book.
Ana Francys Escoto of Benard & Brenes Law Firm – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
The best places that you can visit in my country are the beaches.
 
In Nicaragua there are many beaches, lagoons and lakes. The best beach is in the town of San Juan del Sur. You can have fun in this town and relax, too. There are great restaurants and an amazing night life.
 
My favorite hotel restaurant in San Juan del Sur is Pelican Eyes. 

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