Top Five Reasons Why a Family Vacation to Nicaragua is an Awesome Idea
Here at Farmstay El Porton Verde, we get our fair share of families vacationing in Nicaragua.
From that limited sample, I can say that they seem to have a great time. I want to explore in this post some of the reasons why I think Nicaragua is a great choice for your next family vacation.
Nicaragua is located directly south of the Florida panhandle area (1264 miles from Pensacola), so it is not too far away from North America, and the time zone is the same as Midwestern time (or Mountain time when daily savings is off) so you aren’t facing a big time change issue which makes the transition and adjustment to Nicaragua fairly easy. From the USA, flight times are reasonable, a bit over two and a half hours from Miami, three and a half from Atlanta and Houston.
Nicaragua is a low-cost vacation destination. Much cheaper than its neighboring countries, you will spend less on average here than you would in other locations. This is for everything, your lodging, transportation, food, drinks and entertainment. Also, a recent increase in number of daily flights into Managua’s MGA airport has kept airfares quite reasonable. For example, there are deals for US $368 round-trip from Los Angeles (LAX) to Managua (MGA).
Where else can you feed your family of four an excellent local lunch for less than $9? Well, for example at the comedor down the street from the Farmstay, you can!
3. Unique Family Destinations
There are some great places to go and visit as a family here in Nicaragua. Here are some examples:
Seeing up-close a smoking volcano? You can do that here.
Boarding down a volcano? As far as I know, its only done in Nicaragua. Okay, I just checked (thank the Internet…) and I’m wrong…you can do it in Java, Indonesia and Vanuatu, South Pacific too.
Going to truly unique places that only exist in Nicaragua? Yep, how about Ometepe Island for example, an island in the middle of a huge lake with two volcanoes on it. There is only one of these in the world!
Nicaragua has a different approach to the sort of organized, drug-related crime that happens in neighboring countries which is designed to minimize violence.
This successful approach has made Nicaragua much safer than many other places, and allows your family to get out and about to really get to know a place in relative safety whereas in other locations that might be a bit too risky for a family so you end up needing to stay in an all-inclusive resort and never leaving the property for the week.
While statistics do not tell the whole story, violent crime is comparitively low in Nicaragua and the general feeling here is of a relaxed place where the people live in peace. Nicaraguans are genuinely nice and friendly people who welcome tourists.
5. A Very “Real” Vacation
Getting off of the “all-inclusive” vacation program (which barely exists in Nicaragua) gets you and your family out and about, interacting with locals instead of staying behind fences safely ensconced in your wristband-required luxury ghetto. While there is always some risk inherent in travel, especially if you go by local transportation, the benefits are tremendous.
Your children will be able to not only see how other kids their age live, but will be able to play and interact with them quite easily. Seeing children have a great time playing a simple game of hopscotch or marbles is a great reminder that not everyone has Xbox and Nintendo games and that they aren’t necessary to have a fun time.
Okay, those are my top five reasons why we at the Farmstay think that Nicaragua is a great destination for your next family vacation. Please comment and let me know what you think or if you have any questions.
Let’s face it, adventure travel, eco-tourism, security, and ease of transportation make up a big part of what families look for as a destination in addition to purely cost. The whole package you get in a Nicaragua is a great deal all-around!