Nightlife in Managua, Nicaragua

Dancing is a central part of the Managua experience. The music scene ranges from popular electronic to booty-shaking reggaetón, as well as plenty of salsa, merengue, and bachata. Managua has several places to learn salsa and merengue if you are in town for a longer period of time. If you prefer something more low-key, there are lots of bars and clubs with atmospheres that range from sultry to suspect, but they change on an annual basis, as Managuans flock inexorably to the newest scene.

Crime in Nicaragua

Believe it or not, Nicaragua was considered one of the safer countries in all of Latin America for a few years, though tourism-related crimes like petty theft and scam artists (and the occasional robbery and assault) sometimes occur, usually at night and involving alcohol. There have also been some problems with carjackings by criminals posing as police.

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.

Moon Living Abroad in Nicaragua

Central America experts Joshua Berman and Randall Wood know what it takes to make the move to Nicaragua—both have left the U.S. to make their homes there. In Moon Living Abroad in Nicaragua, they share their firsthand advice on transplanting to Nicaragua, ensuring that you have all the tools you need to navigate the ins […]

Diving & Snorkeling in Nicaragua

Despite Nicaragua’s gorgeous shorelines, diving is a pastime only beginning to be developed, with only three shops in the whole country: one in San Juan del Sur and one on each of the Corn Islands. For those interested in snorkeling, it is best off the Corn Islands and some of the Pearl Cays.