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Catch the End of Surf Season in Nicaragua

Playa Yankee, Nicaragua

Playa Yankee, Nicaragua. Image credit: Michael Stockton (flickr)

For the experienced surfer, be sure to catch the last of Nicaragua’s solid swells these next few weeks. The summer season is known for great and challenging waves in Nica, and the first weeks of September bring in the remaining consistent waist to head high swell before the rainy season comes along.

While this time of year is a ideal for experienced surfers to visit, surfers ranging from beginner to experienced levels visit Nicaragua year-round. Due to consistent offshore winds and topography perfect for wave breaks, Nicaraguan beaches never fail to provide fun and excitement for surfers.

During your stay at Pacaya Lodge & Spa, definitely swing by these beaches situated just under two hours away if you love to surf or want to learn: 

Pacaya Lodge & Spa also provides transportation between the lodge and the city of León, and Las Peñitas and Poneloya are two surf beaches are located right outside of León.

Also, be sure to check out these blogs for more on best Nicaraguan surf beaches and when to visit depending on your level of experience:

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Why You Should Consider Resorts in Nicaragua

Pacaya Lodge and Laguna de Apoyo

Pacaya Lodge and Laguna de Apoyo

Why a Nicaragua Resort

Known as the largest country in Central America yet little known to mainstream travelers, Nicaragua is a tranquil destination with cultural treasures and natural wonders unspoiled by crowds or overdevelopment. It boasts a pure and authentic tourism presence that’s becoming hard to find in booming Central American destinations.

Travelers should consider staying at resorts in Nicaragua for several reasons: the nation has amped up its offerings for luxury travelers who are looking for off-the-beaten-path experiences full of adventure, culture, relaxation and gourmet fare. A trip to Nicaragua means hiking up looming volcanoes, strolling through colorful colonial villages, exploring diverse wildlife, traversing lush rainforests and sunbathing on over 500 miles of coastline. Nicaragua truly has it all!

Why Pacaya Lodge & Spa

Pacaya Lodge & Spa is the ideal resort for travelers who expect a unique experience and memorable service. Each of our twenty-six rooms offers a stunning view over the jungle canopy to the crater lake below, with Granada and Lake Nicaragua visible on the horizon. Our lodge and casitas feature furniture, art and decor created by local artisans. Enjoy open-air fine dining with ingredients sourced from local farmers or from our own organic garden. Indulge in a variety of spa treatments or float in the infinity pool overlooking Laguna de Apoyo.

Not only a wonderful resort in Nicaragua, Pacaya Lodge & Spa also has great location. Located about halfway between the cities of Granada and Masaya, Pacaya Lodge & Spa is in the heart of Nicaragua’s picturesque Pueblos Blancos–villages known for their quality art and handicrafts. The lodge thus serves as a great hopping-off point to explore nearby villages, volcanoes, beaches, or colonial cities.  

So come enjoy a boutique experience in a gorgeous resort in Nicaragua surrounded by nature. Take a look at our impressive list of amenities and book a stay at Pacaya Lodge & Spa for your next adventure! 

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Enjoy Baseball in Nicaragua

Baseball Game Nicaragua

Baseball Game in Nicaragua. Image: Roman Königshofer

While soccer is typically regarded as a famous sport in Central America, baseball is by far the most popular and dominant sport in Nicaragua. Nicaraguans take their national sport incredibly seriously and, in addition to the Nicaraguan National Team, the Nicaraguan Professional Baseball League has four teams that compete in the league: The Orientales de Granada, Gigantes de Rivas, Indios del Bóer, and Tigres de Chinandega.

Baseball has been a part of Nicaragua’s history since the 1800s, introduced by North American businessman Albert Addlesberg. Addlesberg imported baseball equipment from New Orleans, which led to the creation of two teams in 1887. In the beginning of the 20th century, baseball’s popularity grew exponentially, due in part to the US Marines stationed in Nicaragua. After a setback of the sport due to political and economic issues in the 1960s, the professional baseball experienced a much-deserved resurgence in the early 2000s, especially after the national team’s strong tournament performances.

1915 Baseball Team in Nicaragua

1915 Baseball Team in Nicaragua. Image: ISMC Archives

Today, the typical baseball game has food and drinks, mascots, lively bands, and an unmistakable energy thanks to the devoted fans. Are you in Nicaragua and wondering where to check out a baseball game? The National Stadium in the historical center of the capital city of Managua, with a 40,000 person capacity, is your go-to place! It was built in 1948 and survived the devastating earthquake of 1972. Both national and regional teams of all levels play in this stadium. This stadium is not the only game location, however. You can easily find baseball games throughout the country, whether in a bustling city or a tranquil town. Be it professional players or players of all ages and levels, this sport and the vibrant energy and supportive community surrounding it should be experienced by all who travel here.

In addition to enjoying a lively baseball game, check out Pacaya Lodge & Spa’s numerous tours and excursions!

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Nicaragua’s Stunning Architecture

La Merced in Granada, Nicaragua

La Merced in Granada, Nicaragua. Image credit: Carlos Adampol

Nicaragua is home to wonderful, top-notch architectural gems. Well-known for its Spanish-influenced colonial era buildings, Nicaraguan cities like Leon and Granada are a must when visiting this beautiful country. Enjoy the best Nicaragua has to offer and take step back in time with our list of must-see buildings.  

León

Basílica de la Asunción (The Cathedral of León)

The largest cathedral in Central America, Basílica de la Asunción was developed in 1762 by Guatemalan architect Diego José de Porres y Esquivel. The architectural design artfully blends Baroque, Neoclassical, Gothic, Renaissance and Mudejar influences–categorizing the cathedral under the Eclecticism style. For example, the towers are mainly Neoclassical but topped with Chinese domes, while the facade combines Baroque and Neoclassical styles.

The cathedral also houses magnificent works of art, such as El Cristo Negro de Pedrarias–possibly the oldest Catholic image in the Americas–and the elaborately crafted marble statue depicting the Inmaculada Concepción de María.

Basílica de la Asunción

Basílica de la Asunción. Image credit: Javler Losa

Church of la Recolección

Developed around 1786 by Bishop Juan Félix de Villegas, the church’s ornate Mexican baroque façade is considered one of the best baroque examples in the city. With swirling columns, bas-relief medallions portraying the life of Christ, and dyed a deep yellow color, the Church of la Recolección is bound to catch your eye. The interior contains excellent baroque altarpieces, paintings, and silver engravings as well as a ceiling lavishly decorated with harvest motifs.

Church of la Recolección

Church of la Recolección. Image credit: Micah MacAllen

Granada

Our Lady of the Assumption Cathedral (also known as Cathedral of Granada)

The cathedral was originally built in 1583, destroyed in the 19th century, then rebuilt again in 1972. Located on the central plaza, the Cathedral of Granada is a bright yellow neoclassical church that takes up a total area of 3,614.87 meters squared. The inside of the church features extensive stained glass windows.

Cathedral of Granada

Cathedral of Granada. Image credit: Adalberto H. Vega

La Merced

Built in 1534 and restored in 1862, La Merced is one of the oldest cathedrals in Central America. With a baroque facade carved into orange-yellow stone, La Merced is a fine example of Central American baroque. Let your eyes wander across the intricately carved columns and the building’s mesmerizing curves and angles as you listen to La Merced’s hand-rung bells every 15 minutes. The belltower of La Merced also offers a the best view of town.

Iglesia de La Merced in the rain

Iglesia de La Merced in the rain. Image credit: jeffr_travel

Managua

Metropolitan Cathedral of Managua

While Granada and Leon are known for their Spanish-colonial architectural heritage, Managua puts a modern spin on things. Instead of restoring the Old Cathedral of Managua after it was destroyed by earthquakes, the city decided to built a whole new cathedral. Designed by LEGORRETA + LEGORRETA in 1991, Metropolitan Cathedral features 63 domes that provide natural light and ventilation sources on the inside, but create a surreal landscape when viewed from the outside. The modern style has caused some controversy, and locals colloquially call the cathedral ‘La Chichona’– slang for ‘the breasts.’

Metropolitan Cathedral of Managua

Metropolitan Cathedral of Managua

If you want to see these stunning architectural sites and more, book a tour with Pacaya Lodge & Spa.

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Why Stay at a Nicaragua Mountain Hotel

View of Laguna de Apoyo's mountains from Pacaya Lodge and Spa

View of Laguna de Apoyo’s mountains from Pacaya Lodge and Spa

Nicaragua is a true paradise. Blessed with seven types of forest and millions of plant species, including 800 species of orchids alone, there are plenty of opportunities to explore exquisite wilderness at a rustic and charming Nicaragua mountain hotel.

Pacaya Lodge & Spa, Laguna de Apoyo’s first luxury and mountain hotel, offers a number of excursions, spa experiences, and yoga retreats that retirees won’t want to miss. Pacaya Lodge & Spa is located right next to a crater of an inactive volcano, which means the surrounding landscape is filled with mountains. Take a dip in the refreshing waters of the crater lake, enjoy a world-class meal at Restaurante Guardabarranco, or rent a private casita, handicap-accessible room for incredible views of the mountain slopes around the crater. Learn about Nicaragua and get some exercise by taking advantage of our tours and excursions to local nature reserves and forests. 

For those looking to explore Nicaragua’s 80 protected reserves, we recommend El Chocoyero and Montibelli Natural Reserves. These reserves are full of diverse flora and fauna including brilliant parakeets, guardabarrancos, sloths, monkeys, and butterflies. For a list of recommended parks and gardens, check out Lonely Planet’s hot list here. Be sure to bring your binoculars, birding books, and more to this bio-hotspot.

Visit the Pueblos Blancos to discover the tradition and talent behind Nicaraguan craftwork. Artisans in the Pueblos Blancos are famous for their woven hammocks, colorful ceramics, paintings, basket weaving, carpentry, and more. These artisans make use of traditional materials such as locally grown bamboo, wood, banana fibers, and clay. The people are incredibly friendly and many will invite you into their studios and workshops to see the process. They also offer a variety of classes and educational opportunities. All the while, the towering Volcán Masaya can be seen in the background of Los Pueblos Blancos. Venture to Volcán Masaya with one of our tours, where hiking trails will take you to craters and caves along the volcano slopes.

Are you ready to experience all that a Nicaragua mountain hotel has to offer? Book your stay at Pacaya Lodge & Spa today!

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