Nicaragua Travel Resources

Guidebooks and other references:

Because only a few hundred thousand visitors a year come here, there are only a few Nicaragua guidebooks. The most comprehensive is Moon Handbooks Nicaragua. The same authors wrote the Moon Living Abroad in Nicaragua guide. The only other current guidebooks are one from Footprint Handbooks and one from Lonely Planet that covers Nicaragua and El Salvador. With the country getting increased media attention, however, the selection will almost certainly expand soon.

Any guide to Central America covers Nicaragua, of course, including those from Lonely Planet, Rough Guides, Fodor's and Footprint.

Good books include the practical Living and Investing in the New Nicaragua and the narrative titles The Sharks of Lake Nicaragua by Randy Wayne Wright, Meet Me in Managua by Wendy Zoba, and The Inhabited Woman by Gioconda Belli. One of Salman Rushdie's lesser-known books is The Jaguar Smile : A Nicaraguan Journey . The title character of the 1996 British film Carla's Song is a Nicaraguan refugee who returns to the country during the 1980s civil war.

Web sites:

Few Internet resources deal with Nicaragua, partly because there's not much money to be made yet.

The official Nicaraguan tourism site looks pretty, but so far is only in Spanish:

Go To Nicaragua ( offers news, links, and a thoughtful user forum, created by the authors of the Moon guidebooks.

Nicaragua Living has the inside scoop from expatriates:

ViaNica has a lot of solid country information:

IBW has a lot of varied Nicaragua links :

San Juan del Sur tourism information is available at

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