One of you dreams of lying on the beach, and the other wants to soak up local culture and have once-in-a-lifetime adventures? If that’s the case, where to honeymoon may just be the easiest compromise you’ll make in your entire marriage. Nicaragua is the tropical destination guaranteed to please both adrenaline junkies and relaxation seekers. An ideal mix of exotic and easy, it’s a short, direct flight from Miami, Atlanta, Dallas, and Los Angeles, and U.S. dollars are accepted everywhere (along with the local currency, cordobas). It’s also a place where you can surf in the Pacific Ocean or down mountains of volcanic ash, zip line along cloud forests, tour Spanish colonial cities and sunbathe along the Caribbean coast—all in the same week if that’s how you roll. (Before your parents start having flashbacks to news anchors discussing the post-revolutionary conflict of the 1980s, reassure them that Nicaragua is the safest country in Latin America according to the Gallup Law and Order Index.) And while it’s more undiscovered and less developed than neighboring Costa Rica, Nicaragua’s tourist infrastructure is growing quickly and thoughtfully—meaning you’ll have your pick of luxury eco-resorts to serve as home base. Where to Stay: The closest thing to having your own private island is a room at Jicaro Island Ecolodge on one of the 365 islets that dot vast Lake Cocibolca. It’s just off the waterfront of the lovely colonial town of Granada, where the Tribal Hotel is the most Insta-ready option among a plethora of inns in converted mansions whose central courtyards now hold small swimming pools. Mukul is the swankiest spot on the Pacific coast, set between an incredible surfing beach and a top of the line golf course; or Maderas Village is the perfect option for modern, free-spirited couples who enjoy waking up in the jungle before taking a morning swim at Playa Maderas, a five-minute walk down the hill. Inland, brand-new Nekupe is an intimate sporting lodge on a 1,300-acre nature reserve where rangers guide you through horseback riding, skeet shooting, and cultural excursions (an on-site spa is set to open this spring). To see a completely different part of Nicaragua (and one most tourists miss) fly to the Caribbean side of the country for a stay at Yemaya on Little Corn Island. If all of the brand-new rooms with private plunge pools are booked, fear not—the turquoise waters of the Caribbean are just a few steps away. When to Go: It’s beach-weather warm year-round, but May-November is the rainy season, with short tropical showers and more cloud cover, especially in September and October. December-April is drier and (even) hotter. – Eleni N. Gage, Author of The Ladies of Managua.
The author makes a strong point that Nicaragua is an especially good honeymoon destination for couples who have a bit of a difference of opinion in what they want for their experience. In Nicaragua you can have the awesome tropical beaches and a real cultural experience in the same package. In fact, it might be the easiest compromise of your marriage! If you are looking to plan your honeymoon in Nicaragua, get in contact with us and we can help you plan your once-in-a-lifetime new beginning together! A splurge on luxury travel at Mukul, Nekupe, Rancho Santana or Yemaya might be the call!