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No longer a war-torn country, Nicaragua offers a good combination of natural beauty and colonial sights. You can view colonial buildings that date back nearly 500 years while admiring the volcanic backdrop or get up close and personal with those volcanoes during a hike. .

The towns of Leon and Granada were leading cities during the Spanish colonial era and remain attractive places to visit. Granada was once one of the richest cities in the New World and remains packed with impressive colonial buildings. A walk through the old town reveals many churches and buildings that were built shortly after Columbus landed. Leon was Nicaragua’s capital for over 300 years and is home to Central America’s largest church – the Cathedral de la Asuncion. Nearby is the ruined city of Old Leon, and the Momotombo Volcano, which you can hike up and see excellent views from the top.

Unspoiled Lake Nicaragua is known as the “Sweet Sea” in Spanish and contains over three hundred islands and an outstanding amount of marine life that includes the world’s only entirely freshwater sharks. Within the lake is the lush volcanic Ometepe Island, which offers excellent hiking and mountain biking options

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A beautiful little fishing/surfers town. Nice place on the beach, coming up tourism, but still really pure. If you are here stay in arena caliente, it's in the same street as you get off the buss. Or find a nice cabinas. Arena Caliente is a great place, especially when you like surfing, a lot of local surfers are chilling here, so that gives a nice atmosphere. You get your own room for more or less 6 dollars a night. There's a kitchen and you share the toilet and shower. It isn't a new building, not for tourist with money or who likes luxury! So if that's where you're not looking for it's a great place to stay!

In the night you have to go to the iguana bar or tsunami's! If they are closing you've still the sportsbar thats open, it's in the same street as the market(a great market with great comedores with really good food for a nice price!) You've also happy hours in la pelican, a really nice luxury hotel with a nice view, at wednesday and friday nights(maybe it's changed so ask the locals)!

If you want to learn spanish as well, you can arrange this over there, i will recommend to stay at a host family so you will get to know the life of a nica family! I can't remember the name of the school but you have a really good school right on the beach for a good price!

San Juan is a great beach place, to get in touch with the locals, learn spanish, to surf or learn to surf, and to enjoy the rum of nicaragua!

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If going to SJDS stay at Piedras Y Olas for a luxury stay. If you can't afford it spend the day up there and stay for sunset! $5.00 gets you all day use of the pools. Well worth it. The food is great too!
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Coming of the main road going straight to the beach, when facing the ocean, walk to your right for about 5-10 minutes and you will find a nice pizzeria, accesible from the beach.
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