Nicaragua Off The Beaten Path

  • The cliffs at Playa Escameca
    The cliffs at Playa Escameca
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  • Off The Beaten Path
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  • Rio Escameca
    Rio Escameca
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Nicaragua Off The Beaten Path

  • El Castillo on the Rio San Juan

    El Castillo is an 18th century fortress built by the Spanish to keep Jamaican pirates from robbing the riches at Granada. Located at the bend in Rio San Juan where rapids would deter big ships anyway, access to El Castillo is only by boat down the Rio San Juan from San Carlos, an hour or so by the fast boat, double that by slow boat. This place has...

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  • Solentiname Islands

    As with San Carlos and El Castillo, my reviews for Solentiname Islands are the first on VT. To add to the complexity of visiting this place, the guidebooks were quite vague about what to see and do. Some of this has to do with the fact that these islands are politically subordinated as part of the San Carlos municipality. This group of a hundred...

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  • Pochomil

    A very nice beach about 65 km southwest of Managua. There is a long sandy beach. Along the promenade there are a few restaurants and small hotels.Uppdated:The beach in Pochomil, and Masachapa to the north, is wide and many kilometres long. During the week it is almost deserted, but at weekends and holidays it gets more crowded. It is the nearest...

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  • Off The Beaten Path: That's Nicaragua

    Nicaragua is The Unbeaten Path. It is "Costa Rica" 20 years ago: miles of undeveloped beaches, thousands of acres of virgin jungles and forests. This is not the place to look for 5 Star Hotels, although there are a couple. This is the place to really get away. To get intimate with nature without swarms of others every where you go. Nicaragua is...

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  • San Rafael del Norte - a great little...

    It's a tiny tiny town, but it has the best museum on Sandino and the Sandinist revolution, as well as a drop dead beautiful church, and nice people on the Plaza to talk to - if you speak Spanish.I'll be more specific on my page about the city.

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  • Beaches

    The pacific coast is more developed; there are many beaches along the coast, some like Pochomil is where the general population goes , it is closer to Managua. But a more exclusive beach is Montelimar, and San Juan del Sur( there are many beautiful beach houses close to the beach) but you can find nice motels as well.

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  • Enjoy nature ...wherever you are!

    Managua is not a pretty city. Visit cities outside the capital city Managua, the weather is better, landscape is greener, fauna is predominant...the colonial architecture is beautiful.Cities such as Granada, Leon, Esteli, Matagalpa.

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  • Mudpool-guides...

    These two boys were my "mudpool-guides" - Juan and Antonio... Nice guys who showed us around and told us about the mudpools - very interesting ;-)

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  • Los Hervideros de San Jacinto

    We thought we would be able to swim in nice hotsprings near San Jacinto.... but when we arrived we didn't really want to jump in... Very muddy and smelled bad :-)

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  • Not something you see everyday!

    This is a picture of the remains of a manatee. Look closely, you will see a young croc sunning itself.

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  • 700,000 acres but we found them!!!!

    After several days of wandering around the rainforests in Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui (Costa Rica) we hopped on a small covered boat and started our trip up the Rio Sarapiqui. After 2 1/2-3 hrs we finally reached the San Juan River and our first sight of Nicaragua. Immigration was a small shack where we got out and had our pictures taken by our boat...

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  • El Velero

    North of El Transito is the beautiful sandy beach El Velero, with clear water and good waves (for surfing maybe?). The road leading to El Velero is not the best, but it is worth a visit.

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  • El Transito

    West of Managua, in the province of León, is the village and beach El Transito. Along the beach there are vulcanic rocks. Rocks that are nice to sit on to watch the waves break. Rockes that creat tidal pools, big pools to swim in and small pools favoured by small organisms. And you can see a lot of crustaceans running quickly over the walls of the...

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  • Casares

    About 70 km southeast of Managua, by the Pacific Ocean, is the small fishingvillage Casares. In the morning the fishermen bring their catch of fish and lobster, which you can enjoy fresh for lunch at one of the restaurants.Even though the beach is not the cleanest it is a nice place.

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  • Beating a path to your mailbox

    Well... I was quite surprised that they have a mailman on Little Corn Island. He/she delivers mail to these small letter boxes (pictured) hanging from small twigs and branches along the islands jungle paths. The mailboxes don't seem to correspond to any particular house, trail or other marking but look as though they are just placed randomly along...

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  • Solentiname

    Los que viajan a Nicaragua conocen perfectamente la existencia del Archipiélago de Solentiname, pero pocos llegan hasta allí. El viaje es largo y las posibilidades de transporte pocas.Pero si has conseguido alcanzar la ciudad de San Carlos, no puedes dejar de visitar Solentiname y pasar unos días allí. Desde San Carlos puedes tomar una barca que te...

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  • Pretty much all of Nicaragua...

    Pretty much all of Nicaragua is 'off the beaten path' with the exception of San Juan del Sur. Even at that, there is only a handfull of people that go there. You wont find any tourists in Managua. The capital is just far too 'real' with its dirt, grime, and poverty.

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  • a boatride up river San Juan...

    a boatride up river San Juan which forms the border between Nicaragua and Costa Rica to the remains of an old fort. It used to serve as a checkpoint to avoid intruders coming upstream from entering the lake.Islas del maiz, Corn islands in the caribean sea are also a lovely place to spend a few days.

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  • Hiking Volcan Madera in Isla Ometepe

    Hiking Volcan Madera in Isla Ometepe is an amazing experience. You hike through a sub-tropical environment. It is a 6-hour hike through a grueling, wet, and muddy path. It ia amazing though. We even saw a Congo howling monkey on our way down.

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  • nicaragua is all off the...

    nicaragua is all off the beaten path. One path you dont wanna travel is the one going to managua, what a ***sville, get the *** out as soon as you can dudes!the carribean side is less habited and more dangerous especially in Bluefields, but then again, the vatican can be dangerous if youre not careful. i really enjoyed the boat rides on nicaragua...

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  • The Southern end of Nicaragua...

    The Southern end of Nicaragua is great. I hit the Northern area and of course Managua, but the South is beautiful. Would like to go to the Corn Islands and Bluefields next time. Have a friend that has told me great things about these areas.

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  • Go to the smaller towns! While...

    Go to the smaller towns! While the larger cities are wonderful and definately should not be missed, go to smaller places where you will be able to hang out in the smaller town plazas and have the chance to meet more people. If you are willing to do a little bit of asking around, you can usually rent a bed in somebody's house for a night or two if...

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