Planning a Granada Family Vacation

Not many individuals place 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 experience. The attractive colonial town provides a rich history and unparalleled learning experience for the children. Tourism hasn't taken over this town yet, so the feeling is relaxed and comfortable. You can tour the city on foot or by horse-drawn carriage. Museums and markets help wile away 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 surely be a family pleaser. If zipping overhead is a little 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 great awareness of the people and their rituals and beliefs.

Hotels and restaurants vary in cost and luxury, which gives visitors many options when vacationing in Granada. The elegant upscale hotels like the Hotel Casa San Francisco are countered by less expensive options so you won't break the bank. Restaurants are much the same. 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 important. This community, known for its markets and shopping, will overwhelm the traveler and delight the children. The people in this town are known for their artistic creativity, and they display 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 look over into the sulfur-filled crater.

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