Why did I want to go to The Granada Islands? Simple, they said there would be monkeys, a whole island of them in fact! I will come back to the monkeys momentarily, but first, let's talk about the pre-monkey adventure.
There is so much to tell you when it comes to these islands; for example the boat tours, the private Islands, the private islands that are for sale (yes, please), the jaw dropping view, the birds (there is a holy grail amount of birds), the wild horses, the only fresh water sharks and of course feeding the monkeys. Now, before we start... none of this, 'don't feed the wild life', blah blah blah... I hear you, but you just need to keep reading. I promise, it's them not me... not sure who 'they' are, but let's point the fingers at them!
I highly recommend heading over to the wharf and taking a boat tour.
When you first arrive at the wharf, you will be greeted with the amazing view of wild horses everywhere. On the beach, in the road, by the water, in a field, they are everywhere! They may not be completely wild, but they sure do roam around like they own the place.
There is typically several guys out front that have a list of tours to choose from. They are all pretty much the same thing. Pick the guy you fancy the most and then pick the tour that meets your adventurous itch qualifications.
They are all very affordable, safe and a great way to see everything. You can ride with a group for $4 bucks or pay extra and have a private boat. We took a private boat for an hour long trip and paid $25 bucks for 4 people.
Our boatman only spoke a little English. If you speak spanish, I am sure he was a great tour guide. We opted for the sign language-spanglish translation of, 'Donde la monas', 'mirrar us all the things' & 'no leavo outo anythinga!'. Just kidding, kind of.
There are 365 islands of Granada. If you have a year to island hop, Granda is your jam. Our 60 minute tour wasn't going to cut the 'show us all the things' criteria, but we were more than pleased with our adventure!
The islands are all residence of Lake Nicaragua, the largest lake in Central America. The lake looks like a beach. You can go hiking, kayaking, paddle boarding, fishing, horseback riding, ride a horse drawn carriage or even build a sand castle.
The horses look like skin and bones. I can tell you that it is very shocking and pulls at the heart strings. Pack an extra carrot or apple if you have the opportunity.
The kids there will make you 'free gifts' out of plant leafs. They are sweet, adorable and very persistent. Just remember, nothing is free. They expect a few cordobas. Trust me, whatever they say it is not, 'a gift for you.'