The reviews are true, this is a great place. Most people start their trip to Nicaragua here, but we saved Granada for the end. We started in Leon, then San Juan Del Sur, then Ometepe and finally Granada. We liked Leon a lot, but it would have been anticlimactic after seeing Granada. We stayed 4 nights and that is really the minimum needed to see this place. The biggest mistake that the travelers that we saw made was that they traveled all the time and couldn't even unpack, let alone see stuff off the beaten path. If we had been there another day we would have gone to the ballgame there, that looked like fun. Be sure to pick up the great magazine on Granada in the lobby. Not only does it have a great map for walking around, but lists all the great places to eat and do stuff. We walked to an antique shop that was listed in there and picked up some cool stuff. We also liked the tourist market in Masaya. It was very friendly without being pushy. Most of the stuff was ordinary but 3 or 4 stalls had some really special stuff, we thought. If you hit that up on the last day of your trip you don't have to carry the stuff all around Nicaragua. There is a big local market near the tourist one that we would have liked to check out with more time. We thought that the Lago de Apoyo was interesting but a bit overrated. The water is very high right now so there is no beach. The heavy mineral water is hard to swim in because you sink like a stone compared to the ocean. There is a cool bell tower at one of the churches in Granada that charges a dollar to go up, but is very well worth it, especially for taking sunset photos. There were some great street performers in the main square that were a lot of fun and there is a pedestrian mall full of good places to eat and drink. We thought that the city was very safe. Sure, the occasional hooker or drug dealer ask if you are interested if you walk around at night, but we felt comfortable and never had any problems. You learn a lot more by walking than by taking cabs.Take a flashlight in case the electric goes out. Chris is a great host and went above and beyond the call of duty to make our stay happy and healthy. Stay long enough to get to know him and the other guests, you won't regret it.
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