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Pack your bags for Central America. Mukul Beach, Golf & Spa is the country's first five-star hotel and a genuine institution on Nicaragua's shimmering Emerald Coast. You know you're in good hands when the hotelier behind the resort belongs to five generations of a family that can also lay claim to the Caribbean Pacific Transit Company and the origins and fame of Flor de Caña Rum. Immerse yourself in world-class surfing, yoga, massage, golf and on-site dining. The options at Mukul are truly endless, but in the rare event that you choose to leave the grounds, you're an easy day trip to many of the country's colonial charms and scenic overlooks.
David McLay Kidd's signature golf course is an 18-hole, oceanfront wonder. Guacalito Golf Course is easily the best course on Nicaragua's Emerald Coast and it's just steps from your hotel.
The treatment rooms at Mukul are equipped with private steam and tropical showers. Book one of their signature treatments, a massage therapy called Watsu, which is a combination of water and shiatsu modalities.
Flor de Caña is arguably the best rum in Central America and it's distilled at the foot of the San Cristobal Volcano. Through the hotel, enjoy an experience that includes a helicopter ride and ends with a tour of the plantation.
Charter a half- or full-day charter on the Spirit of Mukul, a double-engine Pursuit. If you catch anything from the diverse waters, the chef at Mukul will even prepare your catch for dinner.
The 2,400-foot Cerro Negro volcano serves as the playground for a sport developed as recently as 2006: ash boarding. Adventurous types can board down the volcano on a wooden plank.
Described as both the best beach in Nicaragua and non-crowded to boot, Playa de Pochomil stretches a few miles of coastline. Peaceful sand, swimmable water and seashells for gathering are a just a few of the draws.
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Parents visiting the resort will appreciate Kul Kids, a complimentary kids' program with activities scheduled in an air-conditioned playroom, swimming pool and outdoor playground. Kids craft jewelry, hike to see monkeys and release turtles.
Though the region is known for its rum, beer fans will enjoy the local brew: Victoria, Toña, Premium and Brahva. Victoria is the most popular beer and its flavor resembles a European lager. The others are lighter, designed for thirst quenching on hot days.
If your travels take you beyond the Emerald Coast, be mindful of the rules around international borders. To cross borders, you will need to pay $10-$13 USD. You will also need a CA-4 Visa if you're interested in traveling to Honduras, El Salvador or Guatemala.
Around Nicaragua, you will find buffet-style restaurants called Fritangas. Known for the value they offer in terms of generous food portions, the plates include meat, cheese, rice and veggies and are typically cooked by a knowledgeable local.
The tropical climate and position on the Pacific Coast create warm conditions for your vacation in Nicaragua. Temperatures vary between 72 degrees at night and 86 degrees in the daylight hours. May is known as the hottest month and January through June marks the dry season. You'll see the most vegetation from July onward.