Laze on the white sand beaches of Little Corn Island with Lonely Planet's new Nicaragua travel guide

An affable all-rounder, Nicaragua embraces travelers with diverse offerings of volcanic landscapes, colonial architecture, sensational beaches, remote, idyllic islands, wave-battered Pacific beaches and pristine forests.

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Wander the cobblestone streets of Granada, laze on the white sand beaches of Little Corn Island, or hike around the paradise of Isla de Ometepe.

Lonely Planet writer Anna Kaminski describes why she loves Nicaragua. "I first got to know Nicaragua many years ago, when backpacking across Central America. I learned of the proxy war played out on Nicaraguan soil, courtesy of the USSR and the USA, and witnessed the still-healing scars from the conflict. Even then, Nicaragua struck me as an incredibly resilient country and Central America's ultimate all-rounder. It has a rich and fascinating history, and beautiful and varied landscapes - from barely explored jungle to arid volcanoes and windswept pacific beaches. But what draws me back, above all, is the warmth and tenacity of its people."

Nicaragua Top 10

1. Granada

2. Little Corn Island

3. Isla de Ometepe

4. León

5. Pearl Keys

6. Rio San Juan

7. Coffee Country

8. Surfing near San Juan del Sur

9. Volcan Masaya & Laguna de Apoyo

10. Turtles at La Flor

Inside Lonely Planet’s Nicaragua Travel Guide:

- Colour maps and images throughout

- Highlights and itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests

- Insider tips to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots

- Honest review for all budgets - eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss

- Cultural insights give you a richer, more rewarding travel experience - Nicaragua Today, History, Nicaraguan Way of Life, Arts & Architecture, Land & Wildlife, politics

Curator: Anna Kaminski

Writers: Tom Masters

Get to the heart of Nicaragua and begin your journey now!

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