What 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.)