You would be hard-pressed to imagine a more beautiful and romantic tropical island chain than the snow-white, palm-shaded, turquoise-fringed Pearl Keys. Located in the Caribbean Sea 30km from Pearl Lagoon town, there were once 18 pearls, but rising tides have trimmed the number to 12.
Parque Nacional Volcán Masaya
The Spaniards said this was the gate to hell, and put the Bobadilla cross (named for the priest who planted it) atop a now sadly inaccessible cliff. Volcán Masaya is the most heavily venting volcano in Nicaragua, and in a more litigious nation there is no way you would ever be allowed to drive up to the lip of a volcanic cone as volatile as the Santiago crater.
Reserva Natural Laguna de Apoyo
A vision in sapphire set into a lush forest crater, this 200m-deep, 200-centuries-old crater lake is said to be the country’s cleanest and deepest. The warm undersea fumaroles feed the healing and slightly salty waters, howler monkeys bark overhead every morning and there's a cooled-back air that make this a favorite respite for peace-seeking travelers.