Nicaragua is a nature lover's paradise of deserted beaches, pristine rainforests, freshwater lakes and rumbling volcanoes. Once viewed as a 'no go' holiday destination, Nicaragua has overcome civil unrest, dictatorship and natural disasters, and is now a hot contender for those in search of an idyllic beach holiday or ecotourism break.
With no shortage of picturesque scenery, Nicaragua offers a quieter alternative to nearby Costa Rica. The locals are gracious, the scenery is untainted and there are plenty of distractions from simply lying on the beach.
In recent years the country has begun focusing on developing its ecotourism appeal. Realising that untouched habitats can attract just as many tourists as a grand resort, many small scale hotels have taken root. Volcano hikes and rainforests treks are often part and parcel of hotel services and private tours and home stays are becoming increasingly popular.