Take the Family for a Granada Getaway

Not many people place Granada at the top of their list for a family vacation, but they ought to. This town is scenic and diverse, meaning there's always something for every family member to do. The charming colonial town provides a rich history and fantastic learning experience for the children. Tourism hasn't taken over this town yet, so the feeling is relaxed and contented. You may tour the city on foot or by horse-drawn carriage. Museums and markets help pass the time during the hottest part of the day.

Just outside the city is some wonderful family fun. There is a zip line that runs through the jungle at the base of Mombacho Volcano that will definitely be a family pleaser. If zipping overhead is a little too intimidating, the family can also take a leisurely cruise around some of the hundreds of islands on Lake Nicaragua. The cultural centers in town also make for great awareness of the people and their customs and beliefs.

Hotels and restaurants vary in price and accommodations, which gives visitors many choices when vacationing in Granada. The stylish upscale hotels such as the Hotel Casa San Francisco are countered by thriftier choices so you won't break the bank. Restaurants are similar. There is fine dining all over the city, as well as pizza parlors and local delis about the town.

While staying in Granada, a drive to the town of Masaya is a must. This community, known for its markets and shopping, will overwhelm the traveler and delight the children. The residents of this town are known for their artistic creativity, and they show it off all over the town. Once the shopping is over, get in your car and drive to the top of Masaya Volcano, an active volcano that lets you motor right up to the rim and peer over into the sulfur-filled crater.

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