Enjoy a romantic holiday in Nicaragua
Nicaragua for couples
If you and your partner love exploring new corners of the world and are keen to jet off to somewhere exotic for your next holiday, consider what Nicaragua has to offer. This Central American nation has a diverse array of attractions that will appeal to all kinds of holidaymakers, from those seeking non-stop adventure and natural wonders to those simply in need of some rest and relaxation.
Nicaragua's cities are home to all manner of cultural and heritage sites, including some stunning colonial architecture in Leon and Granada. These cities also boast a selection of outstanding museums that offer a fascinating insight into the country's history and art.
Managua, the capital, is the place to head to if you're keen to experience Nicaragua's nightlife. There are numerous outstanding restaurants, charming pavement cafes and vibrant salsa clubs for you and your partner to explore.
In Nicaragua's coastal areas, meanwhile, you've got picture-perfect beaches and luxurious hotels where you can completely unwind and simply enjoy spending time in each other's company.
When it comes to romance, Nicaragua has plenty of dramatic scenery that provides a wonderful backdrop to a couple's holiday. From towering volcanoes and verdant rainforest to golden beaches and vast tranquil lakes, it really does have it all.
One of the most spectacular spots to visit is Ometepe Island, which sits in the centre of Lake Nicaragua, the largest, shark-inhabited freshwater lake in Central America. This isle is actually made up of two volcanoes, with one of the peaks even boasting a lagoon in its crater - a magical place to explore with your loved one.
San Juan del Sur, which is situated on the country's Pacific coast, has developed a reputation for being a surfing hotspot, as well as a fantastic place for beach lovers to visit. Couples can look forward to spending lazy days on the sand (unless you'd prefer to go surfing, that is) and relaxed evenings at the beachside restaurants and bars. The local seafood is exquisite, so sampling the catch of the day is essential during a stay here.
Activities to enjoy together
While Nicaragua is wonderful for romantic getaways, it is also brilliant for thrill-seeking couples who want to be active during their holidays. Aside from hiking and horseback riding in the forests, you can try more adventurous options such as taking a zipline canopy tour through the treetops and sandboarding down the slopes of a volcano.
You may also want to have a go at some water sports together, particularly if you'll be spending some of your holiday in Nicaragua by the coast. Surfing is a popular pastime and there are many breaks for experienced and new surfers alike. Scuba diving is another option that gives you the chance to discover a whole new world together - certainly memories you won't forget in a hurry.
Kayaking is another popular option, particularly on the country's lakes - what better way to spend time with your loved one than gliding across calm waters to find the perfect picnic spot, somewhere secluded with stunning scenery?
Luxurious and romantic hotels in Nicaragua
Couples seeking a luxury, romantic escape won't be disappointed by what they find in Nicaragua either. The country is home to a range of high-end hotels, as well as charming eco-lodges, where loved-up couples will have everything they need on hand for the perfect getaway.
Swimming pools, restaurants serving up tasty cuisine, chic bars and even spas are just some of the facilities you can look forward to depending on where you choose to stay in Nicaragua. Because the country has so much to offer, it's worth planning a twin centre holiday to allow you to discover its cities and areas of outstanding natural beauty in the same trip.
One of the most outstanding for couples (and recent winner of TripAdvisor's Travellers' Choice Awards in the category of Romance) is the Buena Vista Surf Club on Playa Maderas, San Juan del Sur. You will love the eco-friendly wooden cabanas, all perched up on trees an offering rustic yet luxurious accommodation. You can wake up to the sound of singing birds and howling monkeys each morning and be soothed to sleep by the gentle lapping of the ways every night.
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