Why a Nicaragua Vacation is Just as Good or Even BETTER Than One to Costa Rica

Photo by Erinn Springer for El Camino Travel

Photo by Erinn Springer for El Camino Travel

Ok, let’s just put it out there - 2017 hasn’t exactly been the easiest year for any of us. Whether it was terrible Tinder dates or global political instability that tipped you over the edge this year, I think we can all agree that a well-earned break is in order. Let us introduce you to El Camino’s favorite relaxation secret: Nicaragua. Blissfully off the beaten path, and breathtakingly beautiful, a Nicaragua vacation serves up (or should we say surf’s up?) the perfect dose of R&R, with a healthy side of adventure.

Photo by Alina Tsvor for El Camino Travel

Photo by Alina Tsvor for El Camino Travel

So what makes Nicaragua such a unique travel destination?

In comparison to neighboring Costa Rica, Nicaragua remains relatively undeveloped. It’s charming colonial towns and colorful architecture add urban interest, while its biodiverse nature and unspoiled coastlines create the perfect conditions for surfing trips, outdoor adventures and yoga sessions at sunrise…

 

Where can you learn to surf in Nicaragua?

The super chilled-out town of San Juan Del Sur is the most popular surf spot in Nicaragua, and for good reason! With some of the world’s best beach breaks and waves suitable for both beginners and more advanced surfers, San Juan Del Sur, with its laid back beach vibes is the ideal surf spot in the south Pacific. An adventurous spirit and a little guidance from the local experts is all you need to get you out on the waves.

Surf camp Nicaragua
Learn to surf in San Juan del Sur
Photo by Lauren Colton for El Camino Travel

Photo by Lauren Colton for El Camino Travel

 

Why you can’t leave Nicaragua without seeing Granada…

Granada, once an important trading post for the Spanish, is a city of culture, brimming with colonial charm. Psychedelic in color, Granada is endlessly intriguing and unashamedly photogenic. As the oldest city in the country, Granada also offers plenty of opportunities to dig deep into Nicaragua’s fascinating colonial history. Granada’s cramped and crowded Masaya markets are a great place to pick up souvenirs while the colorful 16th century cathedrals with their cool interiors are perfect to escape the outdoor heat.

Photo by Alina Tsvor by El Camino Travel

Photo by Alina Tsvor by El Camino Travel

And for those seeking out adventure during their Nicaragua vacation…

At El Camino we have a soft spot (OK, an obsession!) with adventurous travel. We just can’t help but seek out the most unique, authentic, and wild experiences. That’s our style of travel and if you can relate, Nicaragua won’t let you down. With plenty of jungles to be explored and volcanos to be climbed, if you can drag yourself away from the beach for a while, Nicaragua’s high level of biodiversity offers endless opportunities to adventure off into the great outdoors.

Photo by Lauren Colton for El Camino Travel

Photo by Lauren Colton for El Camino Travel

We still have a few spaces left on our Fall 2017 trips to Nicaragua, with departures in November and December. On our 9 day itinerary, you’ll learn to surf with the locals in San Juan Del Sur, re-energize with yoga classes, taste local flavors and get a feel for the national character with unique opportunities to meet the movers and shakers of the country. Our summer trip sold out, so don’t miss your chance to be a part of our Nicaragua trips for the fall. Click below for more information on our unique Nicaragua itinerary.