Discovering the beauty, charm and eco-friendliness of Nicaragua
Melanie on horseback ride on overlook of Morgans Rock

Discovering the beauty, charm and eco-friendliness of Nicaragua

The San Francisco family was inspired to come to Nicaragua by friends who had visited with their kids, they said, and didn’t want to spend all their time on the beach — as gorgeous as it is

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Following the kid — to Nicaragua, the new destination for eco-tourism
Melanie on horseback ride on overlook of Morgans Rock

Following the kid — to Nicaragua, the new destination for eco-tourism

After years of Taking the Kids, on this trip we’ve followed our 22-year-old daughter Melanie here to Nicaragua, which many say is fast becoming the next eco tourist’s must-see destination, offering volcanoes, cloud forests, rain forests, pristine beaches and a growing number of eco resorts.

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Last day in Nicaragua: how inspiration is producing a badly needed new tourism industry
Melanie's organic garden at Morgan's Rock

Last day in Nicaragua: how inspiration is producing a badly needed new tourism industry

A vacation can inspire you to take a different path—or in some cases, inspire a new industry. That’s what happened when Clemente and Claire Poncon vacationed at Lapa Rios Ecolodge on Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula.

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American families discover the values and benefits of ecotourism in Nicaragua
Horseback riding on the beach at Morgans Rock

American families discover the values and benefits of ecotourism in Nicaragua

At Morgan's Rock, one family visits a local school to donate supplies the day before Thanksgiving, while others visit the farm for a look at the cows, chickens and ducks and a breakfast feast of fresh eggs, gallo pinto and hand-made tortillas.

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At Morgan’s Rock in Nicaragua, far from your typical family beach resort
Suspension bridge between lobby and casitas at Morgans Rock

At Morgan’s Rock in Nicaragua, far from your typical family beach resort

Morgan’s Rock in southwest Nicaragua is about as far from a typical beach resort as you can get, from waking up to the howler monkeys to activities that include jungle walks, horseback riding on the beach and zip lining nearby.

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At Jicaro Island Ecolodge, sustainability is a passion
Locals netting fish near Jicaro Island Ecolodge

At Jicaro Island Ecolodge, sustainability is a passion

At Jicaro Island Ecolodge almost everything is locally sourced and sustainable. The food is delicious. And the scraps from the kitchen feed the pigs on a nearby farm whose waste produces methane cooking gas for the local farmers.

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On Lake Nicaragua, a dream comes true at Jicaro Island Ecolodge
Fisherman casting net in sunset at Jicaro Island Ecolodge

On Lake Nicaragua, a dream comes true at Jicaro Island Ecolodge

Karen Emanuel came to Nicaragua on vacation. She left with an island -- and a new dream -- Jicaro Island Ecolodge, a beautiful resort on the largest lake in Central America.

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Six days in Nicaragua, the next family eco-travel destination?
View from belltower of La Merced church in Granada Nicaragua

Six days in Nicaragua, the next family eco-travel destination?

We’ve followed our 22-year-old daughter Melanie here to Nicaragua, which many say is poised to become the next eco tourist’s must-see destination with volcanoes, cloud forests, pristine beaches and tiny eco resorts like Jicaro Island Ecolodge.

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