Nicaragua is called "Tierra de Lagos y Volcanes" (Land of Lakes and Volcanoes). The country has beautiful mountains, lagoons, lakes, and hills. There are a lot of beaches.
The northern part of Nicaragua; Matagalpa, Jinotega, and Estelí, are the most beautiful and amazing areas in the country because the weather is cold, the air is fresh, and they have mountains.
Visitors of Nicaragua can easily switch from the mountainous areas in the northern and central areas all the way down to the beaches of San Juan del Sur.
My job is amazing because I can go back and forth to San Juan del Sur, which is two hours away from my city, Granada. If I want to go all the way up to the mountainous areas, I can do it in the same day.
It's easy to drive to different areas and the GPS works perfectly. Waze, a mobile phone application, works everywhere in Nicaragua as long as you have mobile Internet service, in which case, the app tells you exactly the distance you would be traveling and how long it will take you.
There are a number of active volcanoes in Nicaragua such as in León, Ometepe, Concepción, and Masaya. There are also inactive volcanoes. Nicaragua is part of the volcano line that comes from Mexico. From the south to the north of the country is a line of volcanoes.
I have been to Masaya, Ometepe, and León. These are traditional types of volcanoes with high peaks.
Ometepe Island is a beautiful place because you have two volcanoes in the island and has postcard views.
One of the volcanoes in Granada is the Mombacho volcano, which is so beautiful and majestic.
The volcano that is active right now is the one in Masaya and you can see lava when you hike up to the crater. There is a long line of people to view the lava. This volcano is a big tourist destination.
Nicaragua has all types of beaches open for everyone, developed and undeveloped. There are white sand and dark colored sand beaches. There are also a lot of bays in the country. San Juan del Sur is beautiful because there are a lot of bays in this area with some spots where people can surf. There are also very basic beaches where you cannot surf and are rocky, but nice like La Boquita and Casares. There are also the beaches in León: Playa Hermosa, Montelimar, Guasacate, and Playa El Coco.
El Astillero Beach is one of the most beautiful places in Nicaragua.
There are two main lakes in Granada; the bigger Lake Granada and the smaller Lake Nicaragua. Unfortunately, both these lakes are polluted, but the local government is trying their best to clean the lakes.
There is also Laguna de Apoyo, which is one of the most pristine places to go in Nicaragua. The water is clean and the scenery is beautiful when it's green. Laguna de Apoyo is a very safe place to go, which is why expats love to go here.
Lago de Apanás is an artificial lake close to Matagalpa. It has beautiful panoramic views. People love to visit this lake because of the good weather and wide open beautiful spaces.
Nicaragua has waterfalls on the Atlantic Ocean side. There are also some in Matagalpa, Jinotega, and Estelí. Salto de Estanzuela is a very famous waterfall. From the city of Somoto all the way to the most northern part of Nicaragua are very nice, basic places.
El Cañón de Somoto (Somoto Canyon) is another place where you can find a lot of waterfalls. Here you can go river kayaking, which is very nice.
There are a lot more cities in Nicaragua that you can explore. These cities may not have a lot of activities for expats, but people have started to explore these areas. I am surprised by the number of Americans who live in these cities.
Rainforests can be found mostly in the northern and Atlantic / Caribbean parts of Nicaragua, which gets a lot more rain; places such as Puerto Cabezas and Rio San Juan. These are far away and the roads to these places are not that good.
(Masaya volcano's crater, Nicaragua, pictured. )