Managua is a city that can be extremely dangerous at night if you don't know where your going... so use extreme caution ....
That being said ... I was taken at night to play pool at a place called Pool Ocho .. which translated is Pool Eight .... a nice billiards hall with Air Conditioning and a nice but small bar .....
We played for almost 2 hours and had about 4 beers each and we paid about $15 US dollars .... I have no idea where this place was located but I have copied and pasted the address and phone number and website below .....
Not bad not a night out .....
Nicaragua has several national rums and beers ..... When I first visited almost 15 years ago .. I had tried the Toña beer and didn't really like it .... but as you get older and wiser you taste palate
changes as you travel to all parts of the world and try and drink different things ....
And I must say .... I was served a Toña that was so cold that the bottle was turning white !!!! oh my god .... it was 100% perfect and delicious !!!!!!
It is a light lager but with great taste ....
If you get a chance try one .... the price of the beer is about $1.25 for the big 1.5 liter bottle .... serves 3 ... well worth it !!!!!
If you really want to experience Managua....then head to the market....and when I mean market....it's a market unlike any market you have ever seen in your life !!!!! Stay on the many isle and stay away from people trying to exchange your US dollars for the local currency !!!! Be forwarned....when entering the meat part of the market be ready for the horrible stink that you have never smelled in your life !!!! as all the meats are hung on hooks ready to be sold !!!! You can literally buy just about anything here someone tried selling me a baby cub tiger of all things !!!!!!....just use lots of common sense......leave all your possesions at home, bring small amounts of money and you should be ok if you get robbed !!!!!!!!!!
After visiting the Plaza de la Revolucion with the ruins of the old Cathedral, i took the road to Granada to visit the new Cathedral. The church is located on an empty field near one of the particular traffic rings of the new city. It was designed by Ricardo Legoreta in 1991 and inagurated in 1993. Since the beggining the church created much contyroversy due to it´s design and it´s cost. I personally liked the church´s style, very similar to other buildings of Legoreta i´ve seen (Camino Real, Mexico. Torre Tlatelolco, Mexico. Hotel Sheraton, Bilbao) always using the mixture of geometric concrete shapes with touchs of warm colors. I specially liked the domes.
This volcanic lagoon formed in the crater of the old Tiscapa Volcano, is one of the city most important sights. It´s located in the middle of the Old and New Managua. Used to be a popular place for visitors during week-ends, now the lagoon is heavily poluted. There is a canopy line from the top to the shores of the lagoon.
This historical Park is the place where the Presidential Palace used to be, it was destroyed by the 1972 earthquake, the place also was used as a prision for the Somocista´s followers. Actually there´s a huge statue of the famous Nicaraguan leader Sandino, and some historical monuments.
In the park located in front of the Cathedral, there´s a modest monument to Santos Lopez. One of the founders of the FSLN movement.
He fought Somoza as a leader of the movement in some of the most famous guerrilla actions (Rio Coco and Bocay). He died In Havana Cuba.
A small promenade with some local restaurants, located at the shores of Lago Managua with nice views of the lake. Some told me that is very popular among the Managuans during week.ends but it was completely deserted during my visit. Again the ghost town feeling.
A huge circular explanade constructed for the visit of the Pope Juan Pablo II, located in front of the Concha Acustica, the place was deserted during my visit, just the Sandinista´s Propaganda surrounding the place. Specially in this part of the city i felt the sense of emptiness that is common to the city.
This beautiful designed stage was constructed by the American architect Glen Howard Small in 2004, and is used for music festivals, and pubic concentrations. It´s located near the Managua´s Lake Malecon (Promenade).
It´s located in a small park near the Plaza de la revolución. It was dedicated to the most famous Nicaraguan citzen, the leader of the Modernism in the Latin America literature. He wrote some famous books as Los Raros and Prosas profanas y otros poemas, which gave him international recognition. Behind the monument is located the Ruben Dario Theater, the most important theatre in Nicaragua, built in Modern style.
The original church was demolished 1n 1925 to built the new Cathedral. The Swiss engineer Pablo Dembach designed the plans of the church, it was constructed in reinforced concrete with iron skeleton. The structure survived the 1931 earthquake. Finally in 1946 it was consecrated. The Somoza´s family used to have a special place in the church during mass. But then again the 1972 earthquake destroyed the building and it was not reconstructed anymore. It´s located at the Place de la Revolución, the old center of Managua.
Located at the Plaza de la Revolución, this Neoclassical building is maybe the most impressive building in the city. The building was built in 1935 by President Juan Bautista Sacasa. The Palace houses the National Museum (with some attrarctive murals and historical pieces like precolumbian artifacts) the National Library and the National Archives. In 1978 the Palace was taken by the Sandinistas during an official party, Somoza´s paid the rescue and let free some prisioners held in prison (including Daniel Ortega) who left the country to Cuba. This was the beggining of the end of the Somoza dictatorship-
Across from the Old Managua Cathedral, and facing the National Palace is the Museo Nacional or National Museum. I found this to be a very impressive building, set around two leafy courtyards. Inside you will find numerous artifacts and displays which tell the story of Nicaragua from pre-historic times to present as well as a display of contemporary Nicaraguan art.
I most enjoyed grand staircase and the beautiful and well-planted courtyards which the two wings of the building surround - see hidden photos.
Mon - Fri: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sat - Sun: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
One of the more impressive monuments in the Area Monumental is this Statue of Simon Bolivar (1783-1830). Bolivar, whose full name was Simón José Antonio de la Santísima Trinidad Bolívar y Palacios Blanco, or more commonly known as Simón Bolívar, was not a Nicaraguan but originally from Venezuela. He was one of the most important leaders of Spanish America's successful struggle for independence from Spain.
After the triumph over the Spanish monarchy, Bolívar participated in the foundation of Gran Colombia, a nation formed from the liberated Spanish colonies. He was President of Gran Colombia from 1821 to 1830 and also served for a time as President of both Peru and Bolivia He was instrumental in securing the independence of present-day Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Panamá, Perú and Venezuela.