Monday, February 13, 2012

So you think you might want to move to Nicaragua - Part 3

Hotel Mozonte, Managua

You’ve done the research and the self analysis and now you come to the fun part – visiting the country. We have visited Nicaragua twice now, once in August 2009 and the second time was in September 2011. We loved, loved, loved it.  Yes, I know that a vacation isn’t the same as living there; but it sure does give you a taste of reality.  However, it is important to remember that staying at an exclusive resort in the middle of nowhere isn’t going to help you get a feel for what it’s like to live there.

For our first trip we took a “soft landing” approach and stayed at some very nice places in and around Granada where there was the ability to communicate in English.  We rented an apartment in a local community of León for the majority of our second visit.  Both trips were very enjoyable and trouble free. 

Typical Guapote meal

Before our vacations we did a lot of research – yes, there’s that word again.  The Internet puts a lot of information at your fingertips.  I have found a number of websites that have all the information I need to make a success of our vacations in Nicaragua.  TripAdvisor was one of the major sites that I would read almost daily.  Listed on this forum are hotels, restaurants, activities as well as personal reviews by other travellers.  You can ask questions, search older postings and check out traveller’s pictures from their trips.  It has a wealth of information available to you.

Another excellent website is Vianica. Again, you can find information on various destinations around Nicaragua.  The layout of this website helps you to get a sense of the different departments in Nicaragua and what they offer for recreation, hotels, restaurants, tours and transportation.  It now offers online hotel registration which is a real bonus.

There are many other websites available online – all you need to do is search for them.  Google and Yahoo bring up many results and it can be fun to wade through them for information for your trip.  If you can’t find an answer to your question – put your question on TripAdvisor and I’m sure one of the experts will be able to answer it for you.

Did you come across a website that you found particularly helpful?  Please write a comment and share your information with other readers.