Nicaragua Shopping

  • Granada's Old Market
    Granada's Old Market
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  • Granada Old Market
    Granada Old Market
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  • Granada Old Market
    Granada Old Market
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Nicaragua Shopping

  • Pueblos of Masaya has the best shopping

    Nicaragua has wonderful locally made crafts. Tropical woods, well worked leathers, embroidered clothes, oil paintings, cigars, rum, you name it, Masaya will have it. The town is about midway between Granada and Managua, so is an easy day trip from either place. See my pages for Masaya for more secrets to this must see pueblo. There's more than one...

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  • Markets in Masaya

    At the Mercado in Masaya you can by a lot of different things. Here you find very nice cotton hamocks, baskets, paintings, pottery, jewelery and belts, purses and bags made of reptile skin (crocodile, snake and iguana). You can even buy stuffed frogs playing the piano and the guitarr....Updated after the trip 2009:Mercado Artesanias (Mercado Viejo)...

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  • Masaya: the crafts centre in Nicaragua

    If you can't reach all centres of crafts production, Masaya brings the product to you!The Mercado Viejo has got crafts from all over Nicaragua, and some fo other countries. If you want the legitimate Nicaraguan crafts, ask about the origin of the pieces. Salespeople are very honest and will tell you all the truth. Stallas are well organised, the...

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  • Beyond Clap-Trap

    Not far from Masaya, however, is the town of San Juan de Oriente, where the main street that leads from the highway to the center of town is lined with shops that sell locally-made ceramic pieces (some simply functional or decorative, others that transcend the label of ‘crafts’ and enter into the realm of ‘art’) at very reasonable prices. If...

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  • Souvenir Shopping in Nicaragua

    The Mercado Nacional de Artesanías in Masaya (also known as the Mercado Viejo) seems to be the most popular place for foreign tourists to pick up souvenirs from their travels in Nicaragua, and with good reason, since the quantity and variety of items that can be found there is rather impressive (though if you’re looking for Nicaraguan cigars, which...

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  • Rum. Rum. Get Your Rum Here!

    You might not find any hotdogs at a Nicaraguan baseball stadium, but you might find rum sold by the shot. Play ball!

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  • Como a vos te gusta!

    Nicaragua’s Flor de Caña rum is frequently hailed as the best liquor produced in Central America, but the cheaper (in price and in quality) Ron Plata has the more attention-grabbing advertising.

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  • Masaya Market: Shop to your hearts...

    If you have to save one day to do all of your souvenier shopping do it during a visit to the city of Masaya where the largest craft market is located. The market is a labyrinth of small stores and long aisles stocked with hand crafted Nicaraguan goods like hammocks, pottery, leather, toys, jewelry, etc. You could spend a few hours here at the...

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  • Handcrafted Guitars in Masaya

    The main reason we wanted to visit Masaya was not for the volcano or the hammocks but for the guitars! It's not surprising that in Nicaragua's "artesanía" center we'd find a whole slew of guitar builders. It seems that they're everywhere.Sergio Zepeda's family has been building quality, handcrafted guitars for three generations and he more than...

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  • Shopping

    It is easy to get cash from a bank machine in any city if you have a visa card. I would suggest prepaying before you go to reduce charges. You can take out cash in Cordobas or US currency. If you take out cordobas try to take out an uneven amount so that you get 50 or 100 denominations of Cordobas. Business's do not have much cash on hand so...

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  • Local Market

    shop at the Local Mercado , it is less expensive than other places.. hand crafted suvenirs, lots to choose from. cordobas or Dollar ok

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  • Local Malls

    Metrocentro Mall proviedes with a very Large variety of shops , American style, also has a food court and movie theathers just like in The United States. clothing, shoes, fragances, and Nicaragua cofee. a bit expensive

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  • Rum

    Nicaragaua produces some very fine rum. A bottle of top quality Nicaraguan Rum costs around US$12.00 or at least it does in San Jose airport, Costa Rica. The same Rum was on sale in a Madrid Airport duty free shop priced 24.00 Euros! Tip buy the rum locally!

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  • Buying Drinks in Nicaragua

    Nicaraguan stores typically do not allow customers to take drink bottles off the store premises. Nicaraguan stores recycle their bottles (that is why they aren't usually in very good condition). My understanding is that stores can only buy 12 bottles of soda if they return 12 bottles to the supplier. If you do not finish your drink at the store,...

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  • Buying Water in Nicaragua

    Buying drinks in Nicaragua can be a very interesting experience! Water is sold in "bags" on the streets. People sell little "bags" of water on the street corners. Each "bag" cost less than 10 cents US. You simply bite off the top corner of the bag and then suck the water out. I didn't see any plastic water bottles like the ones Americans typically...

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  • Guitars in Masaya

    I actually got the idea to go to this place from another VT member. Thanks Te. I am really quite happy with this place. Sergio comes from a long line of instrument makers. (mostly guitars) I met his dad too and he was really nice. Like a lot of things in this part of the world, there is nothing too extravagant about the workshop but, the quality of...

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  • Hammocks from Masaya

    Mercado Nacional de Artesanías is apparently Nicaragua's best craft market (but too touristy for my taste). In Masaya, you can buy a lovely hammock directly from the producers too and it will be cheaper (10-40 dollars depending on the size and your negotiation skills). Hammocks Prices vary from 10 to 30$ depending on the quality of work. (very...

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  • What currency?

    Nicaraguan banks are not very willing to change euros yet. So it's better to bring dollars with you. You can get your travellers checks changed but cash + credit card is the easiest option. You can also pay in dollars here if you like. 15 córdobas = 1 dollar (August 2003)

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  • Treat yourself to a manicure/pedicure in...

    Cristina does an absolutely fantastic job with your feet and hands. I've had mine done in Finland too but it was never half as good. I highly recommend Christina's services. She can either attend you at her home (de telecable 1/2 cuadra al este, 10 varas al N. Esteli) or you can phone her on her mobile and ask her to come around your place tel:...

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  • Cigars from Estelí

    Estelí is the cigar capital of Nicaragua. If you have time, you can have the cigar box made with the picture you like and the cigars wrapped in the same design! 10$ for a box of cigars, 45$ for a huge box of cigars with your own design.

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  • Wooden handicrafts, Condega

    Pedro has been able to extend his business thanks to the generousity of NGO money. His workshop employes around 40 people at the moment and you can buy lovely walking sticks (10$), jewellery boxes, wooden cars (5-8$) etc. in there 5-10$

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  • Elegant Ceramic Earthenware, San Juan...

    San Juan's fame in ceramics is an old one and the local clay has been used to make hand-shaped pottery for at least 1000 years.The ceramics sold in the village are real pieces of art. Not just any ceramics you can buy elsewhere in Nicaragua. Don't miss your chance to shop there because you ain't gonna find it elsewhere. Ceramics 5-40$

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  • Paintings from Granada

    Fundación Casa de los Tres Mundos is like a culture institution where they have photo exhibitions etc. It is worth a visit even just to see the lovely building. At the very end of the "labyrinth" you can find young artists' workshop. You can also buy their work, which is very professional. These guys have studied abroad as well. Paintings Depends...

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  • Hammocks in Masaya

    If you see a hammock anywhere in Nicaragua, chances are, it originates from Masaya. Everytime I asked about someone where they purchased their beautiful hammock, the answer was always the same. Masaya. Masaya. Masaya!Although we didn't have a chance to visit, there are many "fábricas de hamacas" on the southwest edge of town accross from the old...

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  • More Roberto Huembes

    Outside the big food market there are a lot of other things for sale. There is a large part that sells Nicaraguan souveniers.At Roberto Huembes there is also a busstation.

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  • Mercado Roberto Huembes

    Mercado Roberto Huembes is also known as Mercado Central. This is a huge market where you can find a lot of different things. In the huge hall you have a lot of stalls selling fruits and vegetables. In another part you can by meat, and in another one bread.

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  • All kind of leather goods;crocodile,...

    It is a big market with all kinds of craft: shoes, jewelry, women's clothes, anything that you can think of....... Leather goods! Prices vary, bargain around!

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Nicaragua Hotels

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  • Jicaro Island Ecolodge

    Granada Isletas, Granada, n/a, Nicaragua

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Hotel Los Balcones De Leon

    Esquina de los Bancos 1C al Este, Leon, 00000, Nicaragua

    Satisfaction: Average

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 2.5 out of 5 stars

  • Hotel Casa Naranja

    It felt like staying at Home in Nicaragua. The rooms are nice, very comfortable beds, a great...

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  • Buena Vista Surf Club

    Playa Maderas, San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Vistamar Hotel

    Had to add a review after seeing the only one on this place and it was not flattering. Our family...

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  • Barcelo Montelimar Beach

    Not only is this a nice resort with a huge beach, but, like all Barcelo Resorts, the food and drinks...

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  • Punta Teonoste Nature Lodges and Beach...

    Del Puente las Salinas 7 km hacia el Astillero , Tola, Rivas Nicaragua, El Astillero, 505, Nicaragua

    Satisfaction: Average

    Good for: Business

  • Hotel Plaza Colon

    In front of Parque Central, Granada, 11111, Nicaragua

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Hotel Los Robles

    This was a nice hotel. If your are looking for a large chain hotel, this is not for you, there are...

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