Me and my boyfriend just booked our flights for a two week exploration of the beautiful Nicaragua. This will be our first visit to the country, and second to this area of the world (we traveled Costa Rica last year, we are from Canada).
We are interested in real culture, history, beautiful swimming beaches and local style restaurant/ bars. We try to avoid over touristy areas unless they are a must see, short stay.
We are considering 3 -4 areas in which we can base ourselves and do day trips or just hang out relax and enjoy (it is supposed to be a vacation right? No need to travel non stop). My ideas so far are Big Corn, Isla De Ometepe, somewhere north of sanjuan del sur (maybe outskirts) and perhaps Las Penitas so we can see Leon and get the beach.
Trying to stick to a $50/night (accommodation) budget, but would love to spend less and would be willing to spend more.
If any of you reading this have any suggestions on a route and how much time to spend where I'd love to hear about it. Also would love sudgestions on where to stay and how to get from one place to another. We would love to rent a car but from what I've been reading it may not be worth our time and money to get around.