Land of Lakes and Volcanoes
Nicaragua is a Central American nation located North of Costa Rica and South of Honduras. It is one of the first places on mainland America to be colonized, and home to the oldest colonial city in the Americas, Granada. The climate of Nicaragua is tropical, with a dry season from November-April, and a rainy season from May-mid November. While this is not entirely consistent throughout the country, the variation is relatively slight.
The country of Nicaragua is divided into what are called departments, and consists of three distinct regions: Pacific Lowlands, Caribbean Lowlands, and Central Highlands. These regions are defined by their geographic qualities, as well as their level of development. The Pacific Lowlands encompass the majority of metropolitan areas in Nicaragua, including the capital city Managua, and colonial cities Granada and León. The Pacific Lowlands also serve as the primary tourist region of the country, and are where Gran Pacifica’s Teak plantation is located. High temperatures are generally between 85-91oF (28-32oC) throughout the year.
The Central Highlands have a slightly cooler climate, with highs between 75-80oF (23-27oC), and receive more rain throughout the year than the Lowlands. Much of the country’s agriculture is centered in this region, and coffee is grown in the higher altitudes. The climate of this region is often called “eternal spring” due to the mild temperatures and frequent misting of rain. This region is primarily rural, with several towns but no major cities.
The Caribbean Lowlands are primarily rainforest, and are characterized by high temperatures and humidity. Much of this region is protected from development by the government, and the two largest departments on this coast are special autonomous regions. This is due to the historic land rights of the indigenous, as well as the country’s desire to preserve its biodiversity. There is also a Creole population on the Caribbean coast, but the area overall is sparsely populated.