What I did:
Laguna de Apoyo-
Laguna de Apoyo is a volcanic crater lake. The water is great to swim in, paddle board over, or canoe over. The views are amazing, and there are various beach resorts located around the lake.
Iglesia de la Merced-
The Iglesia de la Merced offers excellent views of Granada from its bell tower. After paying just one dollar, you can climb the spiral staircase to the top.
The first time I saw active lava in person was at the Masaya Volcano. I went on an evening tour leaving from Hostel Paradiso. It was incredibly impressive to see, but we were only allowed to stay for 15 minutes at a time.
The ChocoMuseo teaches the process of making chocolate, from the growth of the tree all the way to the purchasing of the chocolate bars. Also, I was able to roast my own chocolate beans and make my own chocolate drinks based on ancient recipes. I was also able to make my own chocolate bar to take with me.
Parque Colon is a major park in Granada. There were various food vendors set up while I was there. It had a nice, family environment.
Catedral de Granada-
The Catedral de Granada, while not as impressive as some Cathedrals in places like Italy or Spain, is still worth checking out nonetheless.
Where I ate and drank:
Spanglish Craft Cocktail Bar-
Spanglish is a great cocktail bar just off the main town square in Granada. I was there during US Thanksgiving, and they happened to be serving turkey for the occasion. I had the opportunity to celebrate and give thanks with some Canadians (who have a different thanksgiving), Australians (who got to have their first thanksgiving experience), and a couple others from the United States.
Taco Stop Granada-
Taco Stop is a nice place to get a quick, good meal for a very good price.
Hostel Paradiso Restaurant and Bar-
While Hostel Paradiso did not have a guest kitchen, they did have a restaurant and bar on site. It was very well priced, and the food was very good.
Where I stayed:
Hostel Paradiso, which sits on the edge of a volcanic lake (Laguna de Apoyo), was an amazing place to stay. It had previously won the "Hoscar" award for best hostel in Nicaragua. The view from the hostel was beautiful, and the hostel had its own beach with kayaks and canoes available.
Hostel Oasis Granada-
As a precaution due to an incoming hurricane, we were evacuated from Hostel Paradiso and moved to Hostel Oasis. It was a very nice place to stay for the short time I was there. I met some really cool people while I was there. The hostel had a pool and a better breakfast than most hostels. They also had a full kitchen and free filtered water. It was an "oasis" from the incoming hurricane (couldn't resist).
How I got around:
While in Granada I walked throughout the city. When entering and exiting the city I used the "chicken busses," which are a very inexpensive (although not incredibly comfortable or luxurious) way to get around the country. I also used taxis when traveling between Granada and Laguna de Apoyo.
My favorite thing:
My favorite thing to do in the Granada area was swim in and relax by the lake at Laguna de Apoyo.
My least favorite thing:
There was not much that I disliked during my time in Nicaragua. It may not have had all the luxuries of some other places, but my least favorite thing was probably not having more time to spend there.
For next time:
Next time I am in the area I would like to explore the Islets of Granada.
My name is Billy. I am a personal trainer and teacher. I love traveling, and wanted to share some of my experiences. I hope to inspire you to see, taste, and experience more of the world. Feel free to take some of my recommendations for your own travels. I also blog about health and fitness at CustomizeMyWorkout.com/blog