Where Is Nicaragua Again?
Friday, December 16, 2011
Where is Nicaragua again? It may be a crashing generalization, but for many people, Nicaragua could just as well be the name of a new prescription to help you stop smoking (just in case you didn’t know, it’s a beautifully diverse Central American country just north of Costa Rica and south of Honduras, with both the Caribbean Sea and Pacific Ocean at its shores). Yet, as recently discussed by the Montreal Gazette, there really has never been a better time to visit.
They make some excellent suggestions in terms of planning an itinerary. The Island of Ometepe, for example, is truly stunning and there is a lot of outdoorsy stuff do. Granada is also pretty handy, with Lago de Apoyo only 6 miles away, though it remains surprisingly underrated.
But they make one glaring omission in their piece: Not including the Corn Islands off the Caribbean coast. It takes a significant amount of effort to get there, but those who make the trek seem more than satisfied with what they find.
Little Corn, especially, is real Jack Sparrow territory, with all the obligatory desert island trimmings, white sandy beaches, crystal waters lapping, etc . . . The set-up is rustic, to say the least, and you may be one of only a handful of people there, ideal for a group of friends in search of a little piece of paradise.
Careful though, we’ve all heard the statistic about shark attacks and coconuts. Getting knocked off by taking a nut to the noggin would be a fairly embarassing way to go . . .
[Little Corn Island by Hector Estepa]
About the Author
A restless Brit with big dreams and limited cash flow, Hannah is an English graduate and former Publicist who has spent the past 18 months living and working in Central America. You can follow her wanderings at TheTangerineRidiculousness.com.