Granada is the oldest colonial city in Nicaragua, and the largest tourist destination in the country. Many colourful buildings and a rich history of conflict and conquest. Although most folks who visit Nicaragua will stop here, I’d still say it’s underrated (after all, not all that many people visit Nicaragua). Locals are friendly (both the men and the women), the weather is favorable and it has an understated colonial charm
Warm year-round (24-32 °C).
Churches. Even if it isn’t your thing, take some time to check out the many different ones. Interesting from both a historical and architectural standpoint.
DATING IN GRANADA, NICARAGUA
A slightly better chance of hooking up with other tourists than with Nicaraguans. A few working gals here too, but even the greenest of travellers will be able to distinguish them from the non-pros. Spanish is important for getting in with the locals because they are so accustomed to tourists. The best thing you can do for yourself is befriend some Nicaraguan guys and hit the bars with them. Distance yourself from the typical Euro tourist.
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WOMEN IN GRANADA, NICARAGUA
Girls in Granada are typically short with average/below average cuteness in the face. But before you lose all hope, there are enough attractive Nicaraguan girls here. I’d recommend Leon or the infinitely sketchier Managua for slightly higher quality. That said, Granada women are no worse than the average in the country.
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RENT AN APARTMENT IN GRANADA, NICARAGUA
$200 rent will get you something nice in Granada. $400 will get you something really nice.
COST OF LIVING IN GRANADA, NICARAGUA
The following data is from Expatistan, a crowdsourced database of prices and cost of living around the world. In our experience, the data tends to underestimate cost of living, so take the following as the minimum you might need to live here.
*Figures are listed in USD
You’ll need a minimum of $806 USD/month to live in Granada, Nicaragua
NIGHTLIFE IN GRANADA, NICARAGUA
Nightlife in Granada is not quite as good as in Leon, its colonial city rival, but there’s enough if you’re only there a few days. Stick to La Calzada, a main street which contains most of the bars and clubs – I think there are about 30 restaurants and bars in Granada. You’ll find a mix of both locals and tourists. A few good looking European girls and a few good looking Nicaraguans. La Calzada is busy enough every night of the week, but if you can get a group together, I’d recommend heading out to one of the clubs by the lake. I don’t know the names of them.
I recommend: Club Encuentros.
IS GRANADA, NICARAGUA SAFE?
Granada is safe. It’s unlikely that you’ll have any problems here, even at night.
Plenty of volunteer options in Granada. Working in a hostel, or shop geared towards foreigners is possible for English speakers as well. Like everywhere else, you can also teach English in Granada.
A visually-pleasing colonial town, and a must-visit if you’re in Nicaragua. Cheap and comfortable, and the nightlife in Granada ticks most of the boxes for a small city. It’s a bit more laid back than Leon, Nicaragua’s other colonial gem, so if you’re looking for more of a party, I’d favor Leon. For something more tranquilo? Granada is a fine choice!
OVERALL RATING: 6.25/10
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