San Juan del Sur, Maderas, León, Las Peñitas, Big Corn Island
23.04.2016 - 01.05.2016 32 °C
After working pretty continuously for the past month and a half, I was rewarded with two weeks off of work and the gift of various visitors. Vacation started with a trip down to San Juan del Sur with Ryan and his friend Israel to meet up with the wonderful Lydia, who flew into Costa Rica and made her way up to across the border. We had a fun reunion and celebrated by going out for a night in San Juan. The next day we made our way to Playa Maderas where Lydia surfed and we enjoyed the water and played in the crashing waves.
Our visit together was far too short, but I excitedly made my way back up to Managua to pick up Dylan from the airport. After not seeing each other for three months it was awesome to see him coming through customs. We picked up our rental car and drove off into the evening on our way to Leon. The road was free of traffic and we arrived without an issue to the beautiful Hotel Azul.
We spent our time wandering around the colonial city, eating delicious food (and lots of ice cream from Kiss Me) and going to the Revolutionary Museum. We took a day trip to the close by beach of Las Peñitas where we were able to see my friend Jordan and explore the beach for sea shells.
We spent the night in Managua and flew out to Big Corn Island the following morning. Dylan and I decided to get Dive Certified which allowed us to relax and enjoy the island, but also gave some productivity and structure to our days. We spent one day in the pool learning the basics and then two days filled by did two dives each. Most of our mornings started out by consuming many scrumptious pastries, that were made fresh by a lady just down the road. My favorite of them all were the mini lemon meringue pies, that we devoured in three bites. We also ate a bunch of amazing seafood, many meals filled with lobster, conch, shrimp cocktails, and fish tacos – my kind of living. One of the days we rented a scooter and we were able to zoom all over the island, checking out each of the beaches and getting a feel of the entire island - including the local landfill when we took a wrong turn.
Scuba diving was amazing. I was kind of freaked out at first because it was such a strange sensation to be able to breathe under water, but once I got comfortable it was so cool to have a whole new world open up to you. For our deepest dive we went to 60 feet. My favorite fish that we saw was a beautiful bright blue queen angel fish, with electric purples and yellows highlighting its body. We also saw an ENORMOUS sting ray buried in the sand watching us with a wary eye. As a reward for getting certified, we went out to dinner at La Princesa de la Isla which is an Italian restaurant owned by a couple who made us an amazing three course meal right out of their own kitchen. We enjoyed homemade fettuccini pasta, lobster, crab served on half of a sea shell, salad, bread and divine cream puffs with a cappuccino. SO good!
We returned to Managua the following day where we were greeted by my dad! So fun to have both of my parents visit me in Nicaragua and share in my experience.