Fun Facts About Nicaragua

My absolute favorite thing to do, besides actual traveling, is the planning for my trip. I have had a blast searching and learning all about this incredible country.

Interesting Facts I learned about Nicaragua that I Never Knew:

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1. Nicaragua is the largest country in Central America

2. Nicaragua is the safest country in Central America

3. Nicaragua is the new retirement hotspot for expats

4. Nicaragua has the largest lake island in the world

5. Nicaragua has the only fresh water sharks in the world

6. Nicaragua has the only lake island in the world with 2 volcanoes

7. Leon is the home to the largest cathedral in all of Central America

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8. Masaya Volcano is considered to be one of the most accessible volcanoes in the world

What surprised me most during my Nicaragua Preparations

Some of the most expensive hotels in the country are in Leon.
Masaya market is the largest market in Nicaragua
Practically all of the tiny islands (Isletas) around Granada are for sale and most are in the 7 digits.
Even though Nicaragua is the only place on Earth with freshwater sharks, they actually haven’t been seen in many years. No one really knows if it’s due to extinction or if they really exist.

Not sure why these were such weird facts to me. Regardless, I am actually on the hunt for more.

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About Marina Villatoro

Marina Kuperman Villatoro CEO of, a travel resource site to inspire families to travel with kids of all ages. Marina has been an expat 20+ years in Central America raising 2 boys in a multicultural, trilingual household. She travels all over the world with her family to give first hand experiences of where to eat, stay and play with kids. Needless to say, it’s never boring! Join Marina on Facebook and Twitter for more unique and boutique family travel!

6 Responses to Fun Facts About Nicaragua

  1. Well, you taught me something. I didn’t even KNOW there were fresh-water sharks. And I would have said that Costa Rica was the safest.

    This blog certainly fuels my burning desire to travel.
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  2. Jaime says:

    Oh I love love LOVE NICARAGUA!!! My favorite country in all of Central America. I am going to have to go back one day and explore it further.
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    • Hey Jaime,

      Everytime I go somewhere new, I come back and say I gotta go back and do this and this and this, there are so many places within each spot to visit!!! If only we could live til 10000 years 🙂

  3. I love posts about countries like this. I love learning quirky things about a country. Had no idea Nicaragua was the biggest country in Central America!
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