Lake Nicaragua is surrounded by volcanoes, lush vegetation and colorful boats. It is the largest fresh water lake in Central America and the 9th largest in the world. Life on the many islands of the lake is rustic and consists mainly of small families or small communities who make their living mainly by fishing. It was fascinating to watch the children transporting themselves in small canoes to school or to one of the other islands. Once again we noticed the extremes of this country, as several of the other islands boasted large hotels or luxurious homes where the rich Nicaraguans or foreigners come to vacation. We enjoyed our time in Granada but we knew that it was time to move on. This was not the city where we wanted to settle for three months or maybe longer. It is a charming place and the the local Nicaraguans are friendly and accommodating, however, we were looking for something else….
We couldn’t post this without mentioning some of the wonderful restaurants and pubs we experienced in the short time we were in Granada. For those of us who don’t know us we are vegan (and also foodies) so getting great food at restaurants, especially in Central America can be a challenge at times. We would definitely recommend Pita Pita, which had wonderful vegan options, includings shawarma, falafal and Hummus, as well as, a fantastic selection of Italian wines. Our other favorites were Garden Cafe and Kathy’s waffle house.
We also found a couple of great pubs in the town center. The Road House, which has great cold beer, unfortunately no vegan food but a great atmosphere and friendly staff. Another favorite was O’Shea’s Nicaragua. Mario is very accommodating and although not a lot on their menu for vegans he will do his best to get you something that you want. I wasn’t disappointed!