Granada: Exquisite Family Vacations

Not many individuals place Granada at the top of their list for a family vacation, but they should. This town is attractive and diverse, meaning there's always something for every family member to experience. The quaint colonial town provides a rich history and genuine learning experience for the children. Tourism hasn't taken over this town yet, so the atmosphere is relaxed and contented. You can tour the city on foot or by horse-drawn carriage. Museums and markets help pass the time during the warmest portion of the day.

Just outside the city is some great family entertainment. There is a zip line that runs through the jungle at the base of Mombacho Volcano that will certainly be a family pleaser. If zipping overhead is a little too venturesome, 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 rituals and beliefs.

Hotels and restaurants vary in cost and appointments, which gives travelers plenty of options when vacationing in Granada. The chic upscale hotels such as the Hotel Casa San Francisco are countered by less expensive options 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 visiting in Granada, a drive to the town of Masaya is a must. This town, known for its markets and shopping, will overwhelm the visitor and amuse the children. The people in this town are known for their artistry, and they show it off 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 peer down into the sulfur-filled crater.

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