The Hound has been rather quiet these last few weeks…and with good reason as we recently took some time off to travel to Granada, Nicaragua. On our continued journey to find the perfect spot for retirement, we had heard that Granada was a beautiful colonial city that offers everything we’re looking for; low cost of living, warm weather and an adventure to be had. Never having been there before we were surprised and delighted with our visit. Situated on the shore of Lake NIcaragua and sitting underneath the dormant Mombacho volcano, this beautiful town will be fondly remembered by me for the following reasons:
- Lovely and wonderfully friendly people.
- The incredible heat of the afternoon made bearable with an ice cold beer (or 2 or 3…heck they were only 1.50 each!) on the restaurant row of Calle La Calzada.
- Going to the top of the Mombacho volcano to take a hike. Only a 20 minute drive from the city, you might as well have been in another world in the cool climate on top of the volcano.
- Learning to love a good cigar and being able to watch them being hand rolled. I just wish we would have purchased more than just a few cigars to bring home with us.
- For a perfumista, Nicaraguan Don Juan Cacao Liquor not only smells like the most exquisite of perfumes, but tastes even better and is the perfect accessory to a wonderful cigar.
- Stripping naked to have myself slathered in chocolate for a body scrub and massage at the Choco Spa.
- Going on a zip line for the first time in my life. I proved to be braver than I had anticipated by going hands free and doing some special dives.
- Taking a lovely horse-drawn carriage taxi ride through the town. The carriages are a signature of the city.
- Nicaraguan beef is like no other. At home we eat beef approximately once a month. I couldn’t resist eating it almost every night; it was just incredibly tender and flavorful.
- A slower way of life is life worth living.
I am horrible about taking pictures on vacation, but I hope the following highlight the beauty of this wonderful place.
So is Granada our perfect retirement destination? I’m not quite sure, but I would love to go back someday as it’s a very special place. For more information on Granada, check out the Wikipedia page here.
And don’t worry…I’ll be back with a review later this week. In the meantime, thanks for coming along for the ride!
The Scented Hound
June 1, 2015 at 5:42 am
It looks like yall had a beautiful time in a beautiful country:) thank you for sharing!!!
June 1, 2015 at 5:05 pm
Thank you my dear…namaste 🙂
June 1, 2015 at 5:44 am
You have some of the most interesting vacation destinations. I can’t see myself ever going to most of them though. Which one is in the lead so far for your retirement relocation?
June 1, 2015 at 5:06 pm
Poodle…Merida Mexico is still topping our list thus far! Granada was nice, but didn’t quite fit like Merida.
June 1, 2015 at 10:52 am
If you retire to Nicaragua, can I come visit? 🙂
June 1, 2015 at 5:07 pm
Of course! I can tell you that wherever we retire there will be a lovely guest room and pool awaiting your arrival!!! And of course, an ice cold cerveza!
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July 8, 2015 at 2:02 am
Sold! When?????? 🙂
June 1, 2015 at 11:57 am
Oh good. You do the work and find the place. I’m considering early retirement but don’t have the time right now to do the schlepping around. It’s really weird to start redefining your goals for the future , isn’t it?
June 1, 2015 at 5:08 pm
I’m ready to go now, but we looking at under 2 years to go so we feel that we are lagging behind in our plans…the time will fly though.
June 1, 2015 at 2:52 pm
I love to travel so thanks for sharing.
June 1, 2015 at 5:09 pm
Thanks for stopping by and sharing my travels!
June 1, 2015 at 6:12 pm
You guys look great
June 1, 2015 at 7:36 pm
Thank Alek…just a few more wrinkes and pounds added since our Atlanta cha cha days!
June 1, 2015 at 11:34 pm
I’ve heard Bolivia’s great for expats.
June 3, 2015 at 5:41 am
Emily, I have not heard much about Bolivia, but I love the thought of all locations south of the US border. I need to check it out! Thanks.
June 2, 2015 at 9:05 am
I LOVE travelogues Steve. What an excellent destination and one I’d never even thought of. There are a few other things on the list but I would love to follow in your footsteps to Nicaragua, cool.
June 3, 2015 at 5:43 am
Thanks P – I love to see where you head off to as well. It seems like we have both sides of the globe covered! xoxoxox
June 3, 2015 at 7:42 am
Amazing photos of a place I had also never really thought of as a holiday destination – sounds like you had a blast though on so many fronts!
June 4, 2015 at 8:42 pm
Thanks Vanessa… I never thought of Nicaragua as a vacation destination either, but every trip we take now is to look for the perfect place to become an expat. Paris it is not, but it’s beautiful in it’s own right.
June 4, 2015 at 8:43 pm
It was a blast…I am thinking that Antigua Guatamala may be next??!
June 4, 2015 at 3:03 am
Wow Nicaragua! Like Vanessa above I’ve never thought of it as a holiday destination but it looks good and god I love a drink that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg. I thought you’d gone quiet and that’s why. Hope it was a good break.
June 4, 2015 at 1:11 pm
I love your trip posts, as I get to virtually travel with you, particularly to places that I have never thought of or been to. The photos were wonderful, but what impressed me the most was you zip-lining!!!! I’ve always wanted to do that, and you going hands-free….Bravo! I wish we’d seen some of those photos. heh. So, tell me, just what was it like to be completely naked and slathered with chocolate? 😀
June 4, 2015 at 8:47 pm
K – the pics of me zip lining are all ass up which is not the best angle I have to admit. All I can say about being slathered in chocolate is that it found it’s way to some rather interested nooks and crannies!
June 6, 2015 at 4:09 pm
Thank you for a window into the place that I’ll probably never visit myself (I decided not to go to third world countries if I can help it). Nice pictures. And I’m glad you enjoyed your vacation.
Still – good to have you back.
June 8, 2015 at 5:34 am
Thanks U. When I told people at work that I was going to Nicaragua I received the oddest looks and the “be safe” comments. I think there are many places that most people don’t visit that are hidden gems. Granada was one of them.