Why You Should Travel to Nicaragua Right Now

Jennifer DeSimone
January 16, 2024

Three years ago I went on my first Under30Experiences trip to San Juan Del Sur (SJDS), Nicaragua. 

It was – like so many of our travelers say – transformative.

On my first U30X trip in 2013

This past week, I joined 8 others and returned to SJDS. It was my 7th trip back to a country that has brought so much love, friendship, and even a career into my life.

To say it was magical is an understatement.

Here are my top reasons why you should book your tickets now to Nicaragua.

It will exceed every expectation

Views from the top of the Jesus hike

As we crossed the border I told our U30X travelers I was excited to welcome them to my favorite country in the world. I could tell some of them were a bit skeptical. 

By the time we got back in the van for our airport drop off people were talking about quitting there jobs to move to SJDS or buying property. There are no words to describe what Nicaragua does to you. It gets under the skin and into your heart and makes itself a permanent resident there.

You will never see such a beautiful sunset

Just another beautiful sunset in paradise

I’ve been to beautiful beaches in places like Ghana, Bali, and Costa Rica...but none of them compare to the beauty of Playa Hermosa. 

To get there, you romp through the jungle in a 4-wheel drive vehicle before coming to a seemingly untouched beach. 

The waves sequentially follow one another like a trance and it is hypnotizing.

But the sunsets are what take this place to the next level. I've seen a lot of sunsets in many countries but the ones in Nicaragua are hands down the most beautiful I have ever seen.

The women will inspire you

Women demonstrating using plastic bags to weave into bags

Sustainable tourism is important to U30X and we always strive to provide impactful and cultural exchanges. These women in Nicaragua are micro-entrepreneurs.

One moment will stay with me forever: a woman said that when she and another woman started their bag weaving business, the men degraded them saying they should be at home and their work had no value. 

Now, they employ more than 2 dozen women and work to save the turtle population.

When people come together in a common vision, their power is so strong that no one can tear them down. This lesson rings true time and time again when you talk to others starting businesses in Nicaragua. Their stories will inspire you to seek out your dreams.

You will have behave like child

Hanging out with school kids

We also spent time at the local school playing soccer and volleyball with kids of all ages. We set up an impromptu soccer goal post, organized (I say that loosely), and began to play.

The silence of the afternoon was broken with laughs and cheers when goals were made.

Afterwards, the kids ran to the seesaw and when one of our travelers jumped on with them, the excitement and happiness poured out of their tiny bodies. 

We all were kids that afternoon and it was a firm reminder we should all be acting like it far more often.

I often ask myself why don’t more people travel to Nicaragua. 

Last night with my U30X crew

Is it the history from the 1980s that dissuade people, or people simply don’t know about the pristine beaches and all day, every day taco?

Whatever the reason is, I urge all of you to check out Nicaragua as your next travel destination.  

I'm willing to bet it won’t be your last time visiting...

Jennifer DeSimone
Currently based in Austin, Jennifer is the Chief of Community for U30X. She has a passion for creating connections, community, and opportunities for more empathy. In her spare time you can find her on her yoga mat, whipping up something yummy in the kitchen, or reading a good book.


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