We're in love with the hidden gems here and that includes this beautiful lake in Nicaragua. Here's what you need to know as you plan your visit for the best getaway ever!
Apoyo Lagoon is a perfect little swimming place, and it's actually formed by a volcano — how cool is that?! Visiting is super easy when you are living and volunteering in Granada. So, plan your trip with us and get over there ASAP!
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What To Do At The Lagoon
Hangout At Resorts
You can find public access points (it's a little tricky) or, for a small fee you can enter the lagoon from the resorts and their entrances. The resorts will have different amenities you can use, making the day even more fun. There are a few resorts in the area, but we recommend this next one!
Laguna Beach Club
The Laguna Beach Club has a $6 entrance fee and offers a ton of amenities. You can rent paddle boards and kayaks, play ping pong and bocci ball, hangout on the floating dock, use the free WiFi, and relax in the hammocks. They also have a restaurant (not included in the entrance fee price) so you can grab food and not have to leave!
Getting there: You can actually ride a shuttle from several different hotels in Granada and they will take you right to the beach club. Here are the details to catch a shuttle.
Relax, Swim, and Hike
First and foremost, spend some time relaxing on the warm sand. We also love the hammocks you'll find at most resorts. The vibe is chill here to the max and we're all for it.
If you want to do more than just laying by the water, no fear because there's plenty of options. Rent some kayaks and go exploring the lake. You might even find some floating docks to lay out and soak up some rays or jump off and swim around.
The area is SO green so bring some sturdy shoes and head out for a hike. You can get some killer views of the lake.
How Much Time To Spend There
Because it's so close to Granada (where you're living as an ILP volunteer in Nicaragua), a quick Saturday trip is perfect. Plan on an hour round trip for travel and the rest of the day can be spent relaxing. It is the cheapest and easiest weekend get away you'll ever have!
How To Get There
There are a couple ways to get there. Lucky for you, they are all super affordable!
Take A Bus
Head to the market and find the bus that goes to Managua, let them know you want to be dropped off at la Entrada de la Laguna and you can hop off at the entrance to the lagoon. It should only take about 30 minutes and costs about 20-30C ($0.60- $1 USD). Buses leave about every 15-20 minutes so catching one should be easy.
Take A Taxi
A taxi is also affordable and a lot of them will do a flat rate of around 200C (about $6 USD). Just make sure you agree on an amount before you hop in an go. A taxi will take about 20 minutes to get to the lake.
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