Granada: Exquisite Family Vacations

Not many individuals put Granada at the top of their list for a family vacation, but they ought to. This town is attractive and diverse, meaning there's always something for every family member to enjoy. The quaint colonial town provides a rich history and fantastic learning experience for the children. Tourism hasn't overrun this town yet, so the ambience is relaxed and comfortable. You might 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 entertainment. There is a zip line that runs through the jungle at the base of Mombacho Volcano that will surely be a family pleaser. If zipping overhead is a bit too adventurous, the family can also take an unhurried cruise around some of the hundreds of islands on Lake Nicaragua. The cultural centers in town also make for genuine appreciation of the people and their customs and beliefs.

Hotels and restaurants vary in price and accommodations, which gives travelers many options 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 upscale 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 visitor and delight the children. The people in this town are known for their artistry, and they exhibit it all over the town. Once the shopping is done, get in your car and drive to the top of Masaya Volcano, an active volcano that lets you motor all the way to the rim and look down into the sulfur-filled crater.

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