This Post was originally published on the Absolute Travel Blog
Absolute Travel’s Blaine Anderson skips a chilly NYC weekend and opts to head south to Nicaragua with her family and friends. Learn about her can’t miss hotels, the best way to start the day, and her attempt to join a local mariachi band.
AN EASY HOP-SKIP-OR-JUMP FROM MOST U.S. CITIES
Sometimes lengthy flights with multiple layovers are required to get to those absurdly picturesque beaches and luxury hotels, but that is not the case for Nicaragua! There are direct flights from many major U.S. airports. It’s a quick 2.5 hour hop from Miami, 3 hours from Houston, and a measly five hours from Los Angeles. Translation: Virtually no jetlag, less time in airports and and more time relaxing.
Whether you are escaping the snow or just need a little extra vitamin D in your life, Nicaragua gets the job done! With an average high temperature of 85 degrees and an average low of 75, there is not a bad time to visit! Although it is rainy season from June through September, it generally just rains quickly once a day, in a spectacular downpour and can actually be quite beautiful. Overall, most days are sunny and temperate. And if the temperatures soar, you will likely be close to a beach or lake where you can cool off!
read the rest at: 4 Reasons Why Nicaragua Should be Your Next Getaway – Culture-ist.
Well, of course that is sort of the thing with “luxury hotels” which is where this story focuses. They seem to be run for wealthy clientele who don’t wish to see the poverty, corruption, etc. (To the commentors on the linked-to page) Would that be a surprise for you?
I can tell you that if you come down for a visit (and why don’t you want to see for yourself?) you will find that this country is very beautiful and the culture quite vividly real. If you want luaus, all-inclusive resorts, and mass consumerist experiences, you probably should not come to Nicaragua. It is a real place with good and bad.
My rec: Best to get the “soft landing” treatment when you are picked up at the airport, taken to your lodging, and helped along with the rest of your trip from there…and if you don’t forget “todo es una aventura” then you’ll be fine.