In Nicaragua, you work hard and playa hard (see what I did there)…and traveling to Nica in itself is work. A full day of flying and layovers from Phoenix to Miami to Managua was the first of our trip to reach the beautiful sanctuary in southern Nicaragua, called Rancho Santana in the town of Tola-Rivas. In order to get to Rancho Santana the drive takes almost three hours from Managua. Thankfully, we made our plans to depart for that drive the following day!
Upon arrival in Managua we were taken to our hotel, Camino Real, which was thankfully a mere two minute drive from the airport. Ready to kick off our shoes, have a drink, and some good conversation we needed to reboot ourselves for the up and coming road-trip to our final destination – Rancho Santana!
Our final destination, Rancho Santana, is one sanctuary for travelers who look for a resort that offers it all! From the great food and drinks (the white wine sangria is a must try here), enriching yoga classes on the beach to the warm surfing waters provided by Mother Nature… Rancho Santana is paradise found.
Oh, the Places You’ll Go!
“Congratulations! Today is your day. You’re off to Great Places! You’re off and away!”
We’re quoting Dr. Suess here. One of our favorite creative children’s authors of all time in his last published book, “Oh, the Places You’ll Go.” We are inspired by so many excerpts in this poignantly written book and keep these sayings with us upon travel.
While traveling throughout Nica we came upon a few spots we know you wouldn’t want to miss out on! Here is a list of the places we went during our stay in this beautiful, relaxed country and other places where you might want to venture to when you travel to Nica!
- Isla de Ometepe
- Playa Popoyo – in Rivas
- Masaya Volcano
- Little Cord Island
- San Juan del Sur
When to Weather the Weather!
According to the people of Nica, the best time “weather wise” to visit is during December and January. We can’t vouch for this statement personally, but we can share our experiences in the months we were visiting!
The month of July…
Our first time here, and during the rainy and wettest months! Oops! Rainy season is May through October. The wettest months, are July through October. Now keep in mind we were on the Pacific side which still doesn’t reach the extremes seen on the Caribbean side, and allow me to tell you a little how these months work: May marks the beginning of rainy season, manifesting itself with higher temperatures. Showers generally fall in the afternoon or overnight, and rarely last more than a few hours. Mother Nature’s showers never affected our surfing time during the day! Hooray!
Be warned though, a warmer and wetter climate brings out the critters and creepy crawlers. Pretty sure we befriended a few daddy long legs for the few weeks we were here, as well as ants, wasps, bees, mosquitoes, moths and butterflies; hundreds of butterflies accumulate in the rainy season! And to conclude, the months of September and October are best avoided as the heaviest rains can cause disruption to traveling to other Nica destinations on your fabulous list!
The month of February…
Our second venture to this stunning country, and this time … during dry season! We recently returned from Nica on more of a business venture and my, oh my what a change! Entirely. Different. Experience. Less bugs (our butterfly friends weren’t hanging around every corner), it was much dryer, and windy – SO windy. We would be practicing yoga in serenity overlooking an ocean and sky so blue, and then tasting Mother Earth on our lips due to all the dirt, sand, and dust blowing around! Nica’s dry season begins in November, when the majority of places enjoy dry, sunny days and milder temperatures.
There are pros and cons to each season here, we say try out the winter months (November, December, January) and let us know your thoughts on those!
Until our next travels… work hard, playa hard!