Peñas Blancas and the Costa Rica Border

Peñas Blancas is the official border crossing into Costa Rica. Since 1999, this post has undergone massive construction and renovation, making it a nicer—and better organized—post than even Costa Rica’s (although the Ticos have a cafeteria on their side, something still lacking on the Nica side of the border).

The Colonial Charm of Granada, Nicaragua

Arguably Nicaragua’s most picturesque town, Granada is an easy place to love. If the large businesses and the international airport aren’t keeping you in Managua, Granada is a handsome alternative hub for travel within the country.

Laguna de Apoyo in Masaya, Nicaragua

Nicaragua’s cleanest and most enticing swimming hole is Laguna de Apoyo, just outside of Masaya. Actually a lake that formed in the drowned volcanic crater of the long extinct Apoyo Volcano, the lagoon floor reaches 200 meters in depth—the lowest point in all of Central America. Considering how easy it is to reach the lagoon, it is surprisingly untouristed.

Moon Nicaragua

Nicaragua expert Amber Dobrzensky teaches travelers how to best experience the wonders of this Central American destination, from hanging out on the Pacific beaches of San Juan del Sur and shopping for crafts in Masaya to partaking in the ever-evolving nightlife of Managua. Dobrzensky also offers detailed itinerary ideas, such as The 21-Day Best of […]

Discover the Charming Diversity of Nicaragua

Nicaragua is a place where independent spirits can easily fall off the map, to live simply, and witness life at a slower pace. Red beans and toasted corn tortillas cooked over a wood fire, a crisp night sky behind a volcano’s silhouette, a simple, friendly exchange with a campesino in the town plaza. There’s something to see and learn around every corner.