Nicaragua - Tourism, travel, and recreation

Although Nicaragua has beaches on two oceans, magnificent mountain and tropical scenery, and the two largest lakes in Central America, a decade of military conflict retarded the development of the tourist industry. All visitors must have a valid passport. US citizens can obtain 30-day visas. Baseball is the national sport. Basketball, cockfighting, bullfighting, and water sports are also popular.

In 2000, 485,909 tourists arrived in Nicaragua and tourist revenues reached $111 million. In that year there were 3,320 hotel rooms and 5,819 bed-places.

According to 2002 US government estimates, the cost of staying in Managua is about $176 per day.

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