While most travelers spend their time plotting escapes to Europe or Southeast Asia, this little nugget sits unassumingly right under their noses (literally -- it's pretty much directly south, and a shorter flight than you'd think).
And Nicaragua may just be the best nation in the bunch.
Once again, Tom Gordon of Rancho Santana and Popoyo Paul pulled through with the best accomodations and hospitality around. Surfline's Jonathan Warren and friends of the East and West coasts meet up down south to score fun surf in Nicaragua during August of 2007.
Tom Gordon of Rancho Santana and Popoyo Paul provided this team of surfers with great accommodations, hospitality, and the best surf around.
Would you believe that, when all was said and done, I spent 7 weeks in Nicaragua and barely scratched the surface of all there is to do in this magnificent country?
Travel experts say Nicaragua will rise to become a hotspot in 2015; it is, after all, home to Granada, aka the "Paris of Central America." At the same time, though, Nicaragua remains delightfully undiscovered.The east coast is a bit more uncharted, but perfect for the adventurous solo traveler to get really off the beaten path.As this was my first time really solo traveling, I didn’t feel comfortable going too off the beaten path, I will admit.This time I lost my point and shoot camera and 3 dollars. The next morning I found out that the girl in the bunk below me was also robbed the night before.They also managed to get only one of my beloved Chacos as Andres had the other, which seems a shame as now no one can wear them. Later I learned seven other people in the hostel individually had the same thing happen.As Lonely Planet puts it, "Many people fall in love with Granada, but most of them leave their heart in León." The breathtaking colonial town oozes with art galleries, old churches, political graffiti and an up-and-coming cafe scene. An especially fruity-flavored bean grows under the shade of exotic trees on Nicaragua's coffee farms, many of which are small and family-run.