It's definitely worth a trip to las isletas, but what most tour guides fail to mention is that the famous "monkey island" is a set-up! Trained monkeys were brought to the island specifically to serve as a tourist attraction. Do not make bets with the tour guide or offer to give them more money to guarantee you a monkey sighting...they are trained to come right up to the boat!
Unique Suggestions: Bring some crackers for the monkeys and they might come into the boat!
This area has been completely restored and is the place of the old Masaya market. It is calmer and quieter but only tourists frequent this area which is much smaller and the prices are 10 times higher than in the more authentic Nuevo Mercado of Masaya where you can experience the real feel of the market at better prices and a great selection.
El Club is a hotel with a cozy Bar and Restaurant
The city of Granada is one of the oldest cities in the Americas, established in 1524. It is located 45 kilometers (28 miles) south of Managua, the capital of Nicaragua. Arriving in Granada feels like stepping back in time.
It is a city of stately Spanish cathedrals and beautiful colonial homes. The HOTEL, BAR & RESTAURANT was established here in a spectacular Colonial Home. The historical building dates back to 1869.
Ellen and Marco, the Dutch owners and the staff, will host you in Spanish, English, German and of course Dutch.
Welcome to Granada, Nicaragua and El Club.
Unique Suggestions: The hotel of El Club offers 11 beautiful rooms with private bath, air conditioning and free wireless internet. The hotel is centrally located. Call and reserve a room now!
Fun Alternatives: Join the night live at El Club - Granada
Weekdays the bar is open from 7 A.M. for an excellent Cappuccino, Gourmet Tea, Fruit Juice, or Soft Drink (or hard, if you wish). Enjoy one of these with Ice Cream and a slice of Apple Pie, Cheesecake, or other Pastry baked fresh daily in the kitchen. The bar closes at midnight (2:00 A.M. on Friday, Saturday, and holidays), after the bartender's announcement of Last Call!
If there is something close to being a tourist trap it could be with the horse and carriage operators. Just be clear about the tour duration and distance and price before getting on board.