Hotels, Hostels, and Youth Hostels in Nicaragua
Pacific Coast of Nicaragua was settled as a Spanish colony from
Panama in the early 16th century. Independence from Spain was
declared in 1821 and the country became an independent republic
in 1838. Britain occupied the Caribbean Coast in the first half
of the 19th century, but gradually ceded control of the region
in subsequent decades. Violent opposition to governmental manipulation
and corruption spread to all classes by 1978 and resulted in
a short-lived civil war that brought the Marxist Sandinista guerrillas
to power in 1979. Nicaraguan aid to leftist rebels in El Salvador
caused the US to sponsor anti-Sandinista contra guerrillas through
much of the 1980s. Free elections in 1990, 1996, and again in
2001 saw the Sandinistas defeated. The country has slowly rebuilt
its economy during the 1990s, but was hard hit by Hurricane Mitch
bordering both the Caribbean Sea and the North Pacific Ocean, between
Costa Rica and Honduras
lowlands, cooler in highlands
||Costa Rica 309
km, Honduras 922 km
Bordered by Costa Rica on the
South and Honduras on the North, Nicaragua is the largest Central
American republic. The vast Pacific Ocean forms her western border,
the balmy Caribbean Sea the east. Is is a warm and friendly land
of lakes and mountains; rivers and volcanoes, sea and sun. The
country is divided into three geographic regions: the Pacific Lowlands
on the west, the mountainous Central Region and the Atlantic Lowlands
on the east.
Nicaragua has a predominantly tropical climate, alternating between
two seasons: rainy and dry (winter and summer). This is the result
of its geographic location between 11 and 15 degrees latitude north
and the humidity from both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans which
give it a fairly stable season.
In the Central Region the rainy season lasts from May to October.
The dry season occurs from November through April. During December
the weather is more temperate.
The warmest months are March, April and May, Nicargua's "sea season".
climate in the Atlantic Coast has been classified as having the highest temperature
and humidity. The temperature in this
region corresponds to that in tropical jungles and ranges above
Nicaragua hotels, hostels and youth hostels worldwide. May 5