Nicaragua is the largest country in Central America with a current population of over 6 million people. Nicaragua declared independence from Spain in 1821 and became an independent republic in 1838. Many of the locals speak English due to British occupation in the 1800s but Spanish is the main language and is spoken by roughly 90% of the population.
The capital Managua's downtown area was nearly demolished by the deadly 1972 earthquake but the country has recovered fairly quickly. Tourism is a rapidly increasing industry in Nicaragua, partially due to the cheap cost of living and travelling. You can find tourists checking out the nightlife in the cities of Leon, Granada, Matagalpa, the surfer's paradise of San Juan del Sur, and the Corn Islands on the Caribbean side of the country. Tour nature preserves, hike volcanoes, browse the local markets for famous Nicaraguan hammocks, and marvel at the diverse terrain and wildlife that surrounds you while visiting this beautiful country. The mountainous regions are where you will find the vast coffee plantations and a cooler climate while the Pacific Lowlands offer a drier, hotter atmosphere. Come relax on the sandy beaches where you can catch some of the best waves in the world, be awed by the giant lakes and volcanoes, or rent a cozy cabin for just a few dollars a night.