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Lonely Planet's lists Nicaragua as Best Value Destination for 2014

The travel publisher, Lonely Planet, has listed Nicaragua in its list of best value travel destinations for 2014. The "Best in Travel 2014" includes the world's top 10 countries, cities and regions to visit next year and includes Brazil, the Greek Islands, Paris, Scotland, Belgium, Ethiopia, Antarctica and Mexico.

Lonely Planet's lists Nicaragua as Best Value Destination for 2014

Nicaragua has been listed among the best value destinations for travellers to visit in 2014 by Lonely Planet. The travel publishing company has revealed the results of its "Best in Travel 2014," travel guide which highlights the top 10 cities, countries, and regions in the world to visit.

The Central American country of Nicaragua was listed in the "Best Value Destinations" category along with Portugal, the Greek Islands, Fiji, Italy's Heel, Bulgaria, Mexico, Palawan in The Philippines, Karnataka in India and Ethiopia.

Other categories in the travel guide include Best Adventure Travel, Sights to Make You Feel Small, Hidden Foodie Highlights and Top Shakespearean Sites, marking the 450th anniversary of the playwright's birth next year.

The guide book listed Brazil, Antarctica, Scotland, Sweden, Malawi, Mexico, the Seychelles, Belgium, Macedonia, and Malaysia as the Top 10 Countries for 2014. The Top 10 Cities include Paris, Trinidad in Cuba, Cape Town in South Africa, Riga in Latvia, Zurich in Switzerland, Shanghai in China, Vancouver in Canada, Chicago in the USA, Adelaide in Australia and Auckland in New Zealand.

Nicaragua is the largest country in Central America and boasts coastlines on the Caribbean Sea and the North Pacific Ocean, making it a popular destination for surfing and tropical holidays. The colonial cities of Granada and Leon are leading tourist attractions with historic churches and museums, while the Corn Islands on the Caribbean side are a favourite for travellers seeking beach and nature getaways.

Holidaymakers can explore the country's thriving national parks and cloud forests that are home to an array of exotic wildlife including monkeys and colourful birds; visit coffee plantations or cigar factories; or hike to the smoking crater of the active Masaya Volcano.

Tourism in the nation has increased significantly over the past few years and places like San Juan del Sur are a hotspot for surfing enthusiasts.

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