Welcome to our selection of holiday homes to rent in Nicaragua.
The largest country in the region known as Central America, Nicaragua is not often thought of as a typical tourist destination. However, more and more US citizens, in particular, are venturing south to explore this unspoilt wilderness. Eco-tourism is very popular in Nicaragua, touring some of the area’s stunning natural scenery on foot, by bicycle or even in a canoe. The cities are full of historical charms, such as the very European colonial city of Granada, while beach resorts are becoming more and more common. Many are still very quiet, though, and in areas like the Ometepe and Corn Islands there is every chance you could have your idyllic tropical beach all to yourself. The country’s official language is Spanish, though there are many regional languages too and many people working in tourist areas will speak at least some English.
Many of the best beaches and most up-and-coming resorts are actually to be found on islands off the coast of Nicaragua or actually within one of its two huge lakes, Lake Managua and Lake Nicaragua. The island Ometepe is the largest island in the latter and was formed by a volcanic eruption. The area is covered with lush vegetation and is home to some unusual species of birds and animals, as well as ancient monuments and carvings. The Corn Islands, 70 kilometres off the Nicaraguan coast in the Caribbean Sea, are more traditional beach destinations, though eco-tourism is still important here too. Surrounded by a large coral reef, both islands have become popular with divers, and even amateurs can explore the marine life armed with a snorkel!
Although it is not the capital of Nicaragua, which is the large and bustling city of Managua, the smaller town of Granada is much more popular with visitors thanks to its colonial architecture and interesting buildings and monuments. Situated on the shores of Lake Nicaragua, the city has plenty to keep those who enjoy exploring the great outdoors entertained, as well as an attractive Moorish old quarter. New hotels and restaurants are opening all the time, to serve this new influx of tourists, while an impressive art gallery, Mi Museo, housing a private collection of South and Central American artwork opened in the city in 2005. Sister city Leon, located closer to the capital of Managua, features more traditional Castilian architecture, including the impressive Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption of León, the largest cathedral in Central America. One interesting day trip is just 30 kilometres outside the city in Leon Viejo, the ruins of the original town that was destroyed by a volcanic eruption in 1610.
Looking for self catering holiday accommodation in Nicaragua? then below is a selection of villas in Nicaragua and apartments in Nicaragua that can be rented direct from their owners. You can either click on each listing for further details or you can use our search engine on the left if you are looking for something in particular.