Central America’s capital cities tend to be overcrowded and somewhat charmless, and Granada is another example of a colonial town that ends up being the primary tourist hub as a result. About 40 kilometers south of Managua International Airport, Granada is often the first stop visitors make in this country, often before they head to Leon, which is its colonial rival a bit to the north.
|Airports||Augusto Cesar Sandino International Airport (MGA)|
Food and drink prices are refreshingly cheap, however, and much more in line with what you’ll be paying all over Central America.
|Budget breakfast||If your hotel doesn't offer breakfast as part of its nightly rate, you can also venture around town for some local specialties.||$2.33 - $3.83|
|Budget lunch||For lunch, you can choose either outdoor dining or seats inside. Most meals come with a drink included in the price, making each choice easy on the wallet.||$3.28 - $5.47|
|Budget dinner||Burritos are a very common cheap dinner option within this region but there are also other choices available as well.||$5.20 - $8.21|
|Street food||Street vendors offer a variety of dishes to choose from. These include came asada, fried plaintains, bajo and tamales.||$0.44 - $0.68|
|Beer (.33l bottle)||You'll find both domestic and imported beers at most restaurants in town. You'll also find wine and mixed drinks.||$1.37 - $2.19|
|Beer (.33l bottle, retail)||You'll find lots of different 'markets' to choose from. These then to sell a mixture of both domestic and imported beers, though the variety may not be the best.||$0.96 - $2.05|
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When planning a vacation to Granada, you’ll want to take into account the local weather as it does change through the year. The hottest months tend to be March, April and May, though there is a bit of variation with that year to year. Summertime is when the rains hit, generally from about May to September with September being the wettest. These rain storms can last just an hour or two or sometimes a whole day, so you’ll want to bring some form of rain gear with you if you’re visiting during the wet season.
Most people tend to visit during the winter months, when the area is drier. Because of the dry weather however, expect to find a lot of the landscape more on the brown side whereas during the rainy season everything comes to life.
Granada has a fascinating history and still has wonderful Colonial architecture that helps tell the story. Hotels here are surprisingly expensive for Central America, at least in that there are very few cheap options that you’d expect to find in a town like this. The good news is that quality is also generally high, so if you can afford a hotel at least it won’t feel like you are getting ripped off.
Generally speaking, hotel rates go hand in hand with the weather, meaning that rates tend to be higher during the dry season ( November through May) and lower during the wet season (June through October), especially when the rains are in full effect. The highest rates however, will be found during Holidays, whether they’re religious or not. Christmas, New Year and Easter see extremely high hotel rates with Holy Week and Purisima close behind.
|69.00 - 85.00|
|78.00 - 133.00|
|Hostel Bed||7.20 - 16.00|