Family Hotel Review: @SomaSurf Resort, Nicaragua. A small property popular with surfers, independent travellers and families like ours, Soma Surf Resort offers affordable luxury in a remote setting. We loved it. Best For: Early to bed, early to rise; big kids and teens (but all ages welcome). Where: Popoyo is on Nicaragua's Pacific coast, approximately 1:40 hours by car from Granada.
Nicaragua With Kids: 10 Great Things to do in Granada. There is SO much to see and do in Granada with kids, and it’s an easy city to discover too. Here we list our top 10 experiences in & around this beautiful lakeside city.
Family Hotel Review: Pacaya Lodge and Spa, Lake Apoyo, Nicaragua. A luxury boutique hotel and spa, with spectacular views of Lake Apoyo and Volcano Mombacho. There are lots of luxury resorts in Nicaragua’s beach destinations but few in locations that are unique to Nicaragua, namely its lakes and volcanoes. Pacaya Lodge is the first and only five-star resort at Laguna de Apoyo, a volcanic crater lake wedged between Masaya and Granada. It’s new, so new that we were among the first guests.
Nicaragua with Kids: A Horse-Drawn Carriage Ride around Granada. We take a horse-drawn carriage ride around Granada and learn all about this colourful city’s equally colourful history! From the arrival of the Spanish and The Golden Age of Piracy to the troubled times of William Walker. This is a great way to explore Granada and its history with kids.
Nicaragua with Kids: Charlie and the Choco Museo, Granada. Learning to make chocolate in Nicaragua! We experience a ‘Cacao Bean to Chocolate Bar’ workshop at the Choco Museo in Granada, and come away having made our very own chocolate bar. (Steps include roasting, grinding, conching - see video). We also learn how to make chocolate drinks using Mayan, Aztec and European recipes.
Nicaragua with Kids: A Boat Tour of Las Isletas, Granada. What are Granada’s Isletas? When Mombacho Volcano erupted thousands of years ago it blew large chunks of its cone into Lake Nicaragua, creating hundreds of small islands, known today as Las Isletas. Positioned roughly 5km from Granada’s centre, these islets are easy to access and fun to explore, either by boat or kayak.
On our way back to the airport from Nicaragua‘s Pacific coast, we broke the journey by spending one night at Laguna de Apoyo (Lake Apoyo), Nicaragua’s largest volcanic crater lake. The glassy lake waters are warm and clear year-round, making it an ideal spot for kayaking and swimming. Here are our tips on where to go and what to do in Lake Apoyo with kids
Nicaragua with Kids: Smoking Volcanoes in Masaya. One of the many highlights during our stay in Nicaragua was a morning tour of Masaya and its National Park. Located between Granada and the capital city of Managua (roughly 30 mins by car from each city), the small town of Masaya is famous for its handicrafts and the park for its active volcano. A number of local tour operators run half-day tours from Granada that include the following experiences ...