Family Holidays in Nicaragua
Nicaragua for families
Nicaragua may be a rather exotic destination for a family holiday, but it's the perfect place to come to if you've got inquisitive youngsters - not to mention if you want to enjoy a more exciting break than the average.
The country is home to vast areas of outstanding natural beauty, with amazing attractions such as active volcanoes and vast lakes that are bound to capture children's imaginations. There is also plenty of history within Nicaragua's cities, particularly in the likes of Leon and Granada, where you can see the nation's colonial heritage first-hand.
If you and your kids are into action and adventure, Nicaragua certainly won't let you down, with a wide variety of activities for you to try together; from zip-lining rides along the forest canopy, to surfing, kayaking, hiking, and mountain-climbing - a fantastic way to ensure you take home lasting memories of your trip. And there are plenty of family-friendly hotels in Nicaragua, so you needn't worry that the younger members of your party won't be catered for during a getaway here.
Activities for the whole family
Nicaragua is home to a diverse array of landscapes, which means that its activity offerings are equally varied. There aren't many countries in the world where you could spend time surfing, head inland to go kayaking on a vast lake, swing through the rainforest canopy on ziplines and climb an active volcano and sandboard down it afterwards, - in Nicaragua you definitely can, if you want to, that is.
It's a particularly good destination for slightly older children and active teenagers who can take full advantage of the wonderful facilities and attractions on offer. Few kids will forget a day spent gliding through the jungle attached to a zipline, looking out for colourful birds and exotic creatures along the way.
Similarly, climbing to the crater rim of the Cerro Negro volcano is a truly unforgettable experience - and sandboarding down its steep black-sand slope to return to ground level is just the icing on the cake.
Of course, it's not all about action and adventure - there are numerous gentler pursuits for you and the kids to enjoy, including hiking, horseback riding and kayaking, to name just a few.
Get back to nature
Seeing fascinating ecosystems upclose is one of the big draws for nature lovers visiting Nicaragua, and the country certainly has plenty to keep you occupied, regardless of your age. There are several national parks and biological reserves dotted throughout the nation and these are the best places to come to if you're keen to introduce your kids to this side of Nicaragua.
The Maiz Biological Reserve near the San Juan River is one of the most untouched and spectacular - you can even explore this area by boat, cruising slowly down the waterway as it follows its route towards the Caribbean.
Lake Nicaragua, meanwhile, which is the largest freshwater lake in Central America, is a must-see. Its sheer scale will blow you away and you can even visit Ometepe - a volcanic island sitting in the middle of the lake - to really escape and feel as though you're in another world.
As it has both Atlantic and Pacific coastlines, Nicaragua isn't short of beaches either. San Juan del Sur on the Pacific side of the nation has some stunning beaches and is a good place to head to for rest and relaxation, as well as to try a spot of surfing.
Family-friendly accommodation in Nicaragua
There are plenty of wonderful hotels in Nicaragua that cater brilliantly for families. You can choose to stay in luxury all-inclusive resorts, or amazing eco-lodges in the heart of the jungle. The Montecristo River Resort in the San Juan area is a fantastic option and offers kayaking, hiking and canoeing to all its guests - ideal for active families.
Although travelling with children can be difficult, it is well worth booking a twin-centre holiday in Nicaragua, rather than spending the duration of your trip in the same place, to fully appreciate the country's staggering diversity and natural beauty. Your kids will appreciate it too – there won't be anytime left for boredom!
Family holidays in Nicaragua
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