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Granada: Exquisite Family Vacations

Not many individuals put Granada at the top of their list for a family vacation, but they should. 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 unparalleled learning experience for the children. Tourism hasn't overrun this town yet, so the ambience is relaxed and contented. You might tour the city on foot or by horse-drawn carriage. Museums and markets help wile away the time during the warmest 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 definitely be a family pleaser. If zipping overhead is a bit too intimidating, 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 great awareness of the people and their rituals and beliefs.

Hotels and restaurants vary in price and luxury, which gives visitors plenty of choices when staying in Granada. The stylish upscale hotels such as the Hotel Casa San Francisco are countered by less expensive choices so you won't break the bank. Restaurants are much the same. There is upscale dining all over the city, as well as pizza parlors and local delis around the town.

While vacationing 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 artistry, 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 all the way to the rim and peer over into the sulfur-filled crater.

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