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Top Choice Museum in Waspám & the Río Coco

Museo Auka Tangki

Don’t miss Dr Dionisio Melgara Brown’s museum, a 10-minute walk along dirt roads curving away from the river. Brown, a retired teacher, built this museum on the ground floor of his home with his own savings in order…
Top Choice Seafood in Bluefields

Cevicheria El Chino

Don't leave Bluefields without trying El Chino's marvelous ceviche prepared fresh every day and served in small polystyrene cups, alongside an array of auto parts at this unremarkable grocery shop. Choose from shrim…
Top Choice Museum in Juigalpa

Museo Arqueológico Gregorio Aguilar Barea

Mystical stone statues rise like ancient totems in the courtyard entrance here. It houses the most important collection of stelae in the country, with more than 120 basalt statues, carved between AD 800 and 1500, in…
Top Choice International in Pearl Lagoon

Casa Ulrich

Local boy and Swiss-trained chef Fred Ulrich has returned to Pearl Lagoon after a long absence working in resorts all over the Americas and has invested in his own hotel and restaurant right by the water. Everything…
Top Choice Cuban in Little Corn Island

Habana Libre

Long considered the Corn Islands’ best restaurant, this Cuban-run kitchen serves up outstanding plates of fish, shrimp, roast pork and ropa vieja (a Cuban shredded-beef delicacy) on a swank dining patio. But the abs…
Top Choice Seafood in Bilwi (Puerto Cabezas)

Restaurante Faramhi

Close to the airport, this popular restaurant serves easily the best food in town. It's a very Bilwi kind of place: the open-air dining area features seashell light shades, a random disco light and a country music s…
Top Choice Club in Bluefields

Four Brothers

Dance up a storm to dancehall, country and reggae on the wooden dance floor at this legendary disco ranch, comfortable in the knowledge that your dignity is protected by the extremely low-wattage lighting. It doesn'…
Top Choice Cultural in Bluefields

Palo de Mayo

Nicaragua's best street party simmers along throughout May with a series of neighborhood parties and cultural events, but the highlights are the energetic Carnival on the last Saturday of the month and the closing T…
Top Choice Museum in Bilwi (Puerto Cabezas)

Casa Museo Judith Kain

Set in the former home of a prolific local painter, this museum provides a window into what it was like to live in Bilwi in the good old days. There are B&W photos, old dugout canoes, terrific local handicrafts …
Top Choice Cafe in Bluefields

Galeria Aberdeen

Feeling just a tad too chic for grimy Bluefields, this light-filled, split-level cafe serves real coffee (US$1 to US$2.50) in addition to panini, pasta dishes, salads and other meals you won't find anywhere else. Al…