The two similar festivals are parades and processions celebrating the Immaculate Conception in the early weeks of December in the lead up to Christmas. They are held in the cities of Granada and Leon, and provide a true spectacle which most of the townspeople come out to enjoy.
Granada has a tropical climate with generally hot and humid conditions. Temperatures are around or just above 30 °C during the day most of the year and most areas are still above 20 °C at night. Granada has two seasons regarding rainfall. A dry and slightly cooler November to April season and a wet season (but not raining all day) during May to October. Hurricanes occasionally hit from July/August onwards.
|Hotel Kekoldi de Granada||Calle El Consulado No. 315 3,5 Cuadras al Oeste del Parque||Hotel||-|
|Hostal Mochilas||De La Gran Francia 100m al sur. Or From Central Pa Facing the Cathedral 1,5 blocks to the south ( rig||Guesthouse||81|
|Hospedaje Ari||1ra calle sur Xalteva,pulperia Jennifer 20mts al oeste Granada, Nicaragua||Hostel||-|
|Dolphin Guest House||Reparto San Juan||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Casa del Agua||Avenue Guzman||Guesthouse||89|
|Hotel Casa La Luna||De Casa Pellas 25vrs al lago en calle Morazan||Hotel||-|
|Il Padrino||Calle Miguel Cervantes||HOTEL||83|
|Hostal Hamacas||del parque central 2c 1/2 al oeste calle el consul||GUESTHOUSE||80|
|Casa Abierta||#517 Calle San Juan Del Sur||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Los Patios Hotel Granada||Calle Corrales 525 Iglesia San Francisco 2.5||HOTEL||-|
|Hotel Terrasol||Barricada Avenue||HOTEL||85|
|Hostal El Momento||Casa 104 Calle el Arsenal||HOSTEL||86|
|Hotel Casa Barcelona||Puente Palmira 25 1 block East, 1 block south||HOTEL||-|
|Treehouse Poste Rojo||Granada Treehouse Poste Rojo, Comarca Poste Rojo||HOSTEL||-|
|Hostal El Caribe||Calle Inmaculada 050–008–4||Hostel||-|
|San Simian Lodge||Laguna de Apoyo Granada||HOTEL||-|
|Hostal Familiar San Jorge||Parque Central 3 1/2 Cuadras al Sur Gasolinera Uno Palmira 1 C.al Este 25 vrs al Norte||HOTEL||-|
|GM Granada Boutique Hostel||Av. Elena Arellano||Hostel||-|
|Evert's Guest House||De la Vicky 1/2 al Oeste Calle El Consulado||HOTEL||-|
|Hostel Oasis Granada||Calle Estrada, Casa 109||HOSTEL||84|
Nicaragua has 60+ Spanish Learning Schools. Look for 'Nicaragua Spanish Language" schools on the web; there are many. The country does not maintain a reference list. The key locations are Managua, Masaya, Granada, Ometepe, San Juan Del Sur, Leon, Estelí] and Matagalpa. Most popular are Granada and San Juan del Sur. The later place attracts surfers and vacationers.
Internet cafes can be found in most larger cities and popular areas, but even in smaller towns you will usually be able to connect somewhere.
Wifi is generally free at most hotels, with the notable exception of larger chain hotels, which generally charge between US$3 and US$8 per day.
See also International Telephone Calls
The international phone code of Nicaragua is 505. The general emergency number is 911, though you can contact police (118), fire (115) and ambulance (128) separately if you want.
Nicaragua's cell phone system utilizes GSM 1900 technology. So, if you have a GSM phone that supports the 1900 band you can either use your phone as is at international rates or if your cell phone is unlocked , you can purchase a SIM card for your phone and you will have a local cell number and be charged local cell rates. Both Claro and Movistar provide cell phone service in the country. Claro is run by the old national phone company (ENITEL) that has now been privatized.
Another option is to buy a cell phone locally. Disposable cell phones are quite inexpensive, usually costing about US$20.
You can also purchase local prepaid phone cards that can be used at pay phone across the country. The different pay phone systems each have their own phone cards, so pay attention to which type you purchase.
Correos de Nicaragua provides postal services. It's fairly cheap but not extremely reliable or fast. Post offices are generally open Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 6:00 pm and Saturday from 8:00am to 1:00pm. Airmail postage for a standaard letter or postcard from Nicaragua to North America is US0.60 and US$1 to Europe. Mail takes on average between 7 and 10 days to get to the U.S. and Europe. Though it's fine for sending a postcard, you'd better use companies like TNT, DHL, UPS or FedEx to send parcels internationally.
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