For our honeymoon, I was posed with the following question: If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go? The options and possibilities were endless! That feeling is one of the best feelings to experience.
We had a small set of criteria that needed to be fulfilled in our chosen destination:
- For me - culture, history, nature and price
- For my husband - sun, beaches and good weather
Not a very specific list, but it was a starting point.
I started off my research as most people do these days, the internet (what did we do before the help of Google?). I also got some recommendations from friends who have traveled a fair bit. The options started rolling in. . . Indonesia, New Zealand, Columbia, Costa Rica, Morocco. We eventually decided on Nicaragua. When we began telling people we were travelling to Nicaragua for our honeymoon, the amount of people that asked 'why?' became comical (even from the Canadian Customs Official on our way home!). When replying to these people, we provided them with typical answers, and primarily those points found in our set of criteria: cheap, good weather, etc. Having spent 3 full weeks in Nicaragua, I can now say it is so much more than that.
Another common comment we heard when telling people of our pending travel plans was, 'Isn't it dangerous?' Well, it isn't the '70's anymore and the civil war has long been done. Nicaragua is truly an interesting country to visit and has something for everyone: colonial towns, beautiful beaches, good surf, an interesting history, protected nature reserves, one of the most active volcanic regions in the world, good food and unique cultures (and even a resort or two if that's what you're interested in). The tourism industry in Nicaragua is still in the 'developing' stage and you can get easily spoiled by vast beaches that are empty except for you and your footprints.
In the next few days, I hope to share some of our experiences in Nicaragua, and hopefully shed some light on what seems to be a misunderstood country.
Gracias! ~ Jessica