where to stay:
La Islita Boutique Hotel: Located in the heart of Granada’s historic center and only steps away from some of the hottest restaurants and bars in the city. Enjoy a delicious breakfast on the lovely rooftop terrace of this B&B or read a book in their tropical garden in the courtyard. Reserve a room now during your stay in Granada at this relaxing retreat and you’ll have the perfect place to return to after a long day of exploring this colorful city. Comfy beds and helpful hosts, you’ll be looking to return again to this B&B for your next trip to Granada! Room prices begin at $65USD/night. http://www.laislita.com/
Hostel Oasis: While backpacking throughout Nicaragua be sure to book a stay at this true gem of a hostel that is both budget friendly and truly relaxing. All the essentials for a backpacker- free WiFi, complimentary breakfast, clean, tight security, and friendly atmosphere. Everything is in Spanish and English, accommodating to travelers from all over. We recommend during the hot season to try and get a room with an A/C. You can choose to stay in a dorm-style or private room, the choice is yours! Room prices begin at $9/night for a dorm room or $22/night for a private. http://www.nicaraguahostel.com/
where to eat:
Tercer Ojo: Specializing in Asian cuisine (but taking you across at least three-quarters of the world with its expansive menu and wine list), the Third Eye is your go-to for tofu, Indian, sushi and Thai food. With a large bar, Tercer Ojo is also an enticing place for an afternoon beer while exploring the city. Certainly on the more expensive side of restaurant choices in Granada, but your palette will not be disappointed. We recommend trying the beef carpaccio or the Vietnam shrimp curry.
Pan de Vida Granada: The perfect place to grab a quick bite in the morning before setting out on your day's journey, Pan de Vida bakes all their goodies with love! Owned by a Canadian expat, this local bakery offers all sorts of global goodies- from chocolate chip banana bread, peanut butter cookies, or fresh daily bread. Definitely the perfect place to start your day.