Planning a Granada Family Vacation

Not many individuals put Granada at the top of their list for a family vacation, but they should. This town is picturesque and diverse, meaning there's always something for every family member to do. The quaint colonial town provides a rich history and fantastic learning experience for the children. Tourism hasn't taken over this town yet, so the ambience 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 warmest part of the day.

Just outside the city is some excellent 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 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 genuine awareness of the people and their rituals and beliefs.

Hotels and restaurants vary in cost and luxury, which gives travelers many options when staying 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 around 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 traveler and delight the children. The residents of this town are known for their artistic creativity, 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 drive all the way to the rim and peer down into the sulfur-filled crater.

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