Get Packing: The Ultimate Affordable, Far-Flung Beach Vacation

In search of gorgeous Pacific coast beaches, lush rain forests, mellow eco-friendly hotels, and an authentic experience that doesn’t involve chain hotels or running into people you know from back home? (Um, who isn't?) Well, then Nicaragua is for you.
Whether you're looking for adventure (surfing a volcano sound exciting enough for you?) or just hunting for a gorgeous empty beach (with 565 miles of coastland you have plenty of options), the Central American country is considered an unspoiled dream. Travel insiders have been hailing it the “next Costa Rica” for a while now, raving about the lack of tourist throngs and the abundance of serene beaches, lush undeveloped landscape, and small boutique hotels. Oh, and don't forget about the eco-friendly ethos and commitment to embracing tourism. With a handful of amazing new hotels and prices that are within reach, this really does equate to the dream beach vacation if you're looking to quell your wanderlust without blowing your holiday budget.
For some insider intel on how to make the most of a Nicaraguan vacation, we turned to the founder of Nicaragua Adventures, Pierre Gedeon. From the coolest treehouse hotel (only $155 a night) to a truly immersive cultural experience, the spots and to-dos ahead are the best of the best. Read on, book your trip, and hey, if you want to thank us with a bottle of Flor de Caña, we won't complain.

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