Although the Granada incident has definitely shaken us up to the realities of the dangers these countries can bring it certainly hasn't changed our opinion of the country. 95% of the people are lovely, warm and kind. Granada is our favourite city in Nicaragua, winning for character and gaining points for close proximity to attractions.
Although technically Spanish is the dominant language spoken, we did meet a lot of people, from all sorts of backgrounds and in the most random places who had fairly decent English. It makes life a little easier.
Whilst we had some definite highlights here, for us there wasn't that 'wow' factor. We enjoyed the country though and if we did have more time, we would've liked to have spent a few more days on Little Corn and checked out some of the surfing and beach locations along the pacific coast, although we do have a lot of that scheduled for the next few countries. We also heard good things about Laguna de Perlas, but it was an expensive detour. We spent 13 days in Nicaragua and although we think that's a decent enough time there, in order to accommodate the additional things we would've liked to have done, a few more days would've done it.
Country Number 5 on our Overland Central America expedition. Check out our entire route here.
Boarding down an active volcano...and getting the top speed. Boom!
Little Corn island.
Granada (minus the incident).
The roads. Pot-hole free, hardly any speed bumps and good road network. Who knew this country would have the best roads to date?!
Close proximity to attractions, meant no long drives. Practically everything is located along the western section of Nicaragua with frequent flights to get the tropical island fix.
Getting attacked along the malecon in Granada.
People begging for money. We've not seen it like this since Mexico.
The tour on Ometepe. Do it yourselves. Don't make the same mistake as us and everyone else complaining on the boat on the way back.
The sleazy men. I was often subjected to vulgar hand gestures and comments, with or without Gwyn present.