Category: Central America

Finding Meaning in Managua

As with San Jose, Costa Rica, the general online consensus is to skip Managua; Given the scarcity of time, one must allocate this precious resource to more worthwhile attractions, such as Granada and volcano boarding. I visited Nicaragua for the first time while on a visa run, chaperoned by my...

Camping on Isla Zapatilla

The heat and rotting food and lack of water on the fifth day of the Isla Bastimentos power outage overpowered our island- born laziness, prompting us take a few days off of hostel work in exchange for a trip to Isla Zapatilla, one of the smallest additions to the Bocas...

If You’re Going to Be Poor, Visit Venao Now

Albeit not a household name, like North Shore or Teahupo, Playa Venao is, above all, a surf destination. And it has become even more so in the years since the World Surfing Championships were hosted in the diverse waters of this Panamanian cove, which drew the attention of not only...

Sometimes, Talk to Strangers

We had ridden less than a mile into Panama when a group of construction workers in orange jumpsuits started whistling and hollering in our direction. Anger and frustration bubbled in my chest; I was already getting catcalled. Costa Rica had turned out to be a refuge from the harassment, and...

Re-United in Nicaragua

The best week of my life came amidst the worst year of my life. I was the only student at a boarding school in Costa Rica besides the principal’s six kids, with whom I lived in an isolated, commune like environment as the principal spiraled into insanity, but this man’s...

Bicycle Touring Nicaragua: Managua to Masaya

“Plano- todo plano, plano, plano” said the hostel owner about the road to Masaya. This pleased us. We didn’t want to bike uphill through the daunting traffic. Plus, it was already 10 o’clock and the temperature and sun were rising steadily. We’d gotten a late start because Ben leaned on...