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Granada is located on the banks of Lake Nicaragua, the 10th largest fresh water lake in the world. Not only does the lake have 365 islands but also the only fresh water sharks in the world. Granada is in the process of an amazing restoration. Foreign investors are buying up the dilapidated Spanish Colonial homes around the city and restoring them to their original beauty. New restaurants and hotels have sprung up as well as internet cafes, coffee shops and real estate offices. There is a gym, a two-screen theatre showing U.S. made movies in English, an art school, language school and more. Granada is definitely a city on the brink of becoming a great tourist destination.

What type of electric outlets are in Nicaragua?

Nicaragua electric outlets are 110 volts just like the United States.

Is the water safe?

Yes.  The tap water is potable, clean and chlorinated.  However, if you are concerned you can get bottled water just about anywhere and if you want to stock up at the grocery store you can do that to.

What is the currency?

The currency is the Cordoba but everyone takes U.S. dollars.  You’ll want to check your bills carefully though because if they are any tears the locals will not accept them.

Can I use Traveler's checks?

Traveler’s checks are difficult to cash and most banks charge a percentage to change them.  Many businesses accept credit and debit cards and there are ATM machines as well.

Is there an ATM nearby?

There are several ATM machines available in the city.  Three of the most convenient locations are:

  • BAC Bank at the corner of Calle Altravesada and La Libertad
  • BanPro on Calle Altravesada
  • Esso Gas Station at the entrance of town


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