Jicaro Island Lodge: The Experience

Located in Lake Nicaragua, Nicaragua

Trek to the summit of the Mombacho Volcano Natural Reserve and explore the surrounding cloud forest, brimming with bromeliads and orchids.

Enjoy a private, candlelit dinner on the lodge’s floating dock.

Lodge fare is inspired by traditional Nicaraguan cuisine and incorporates an international twist.

Join the chefs in the kitchen and whip up your own appetizer.

Launch a kayak or stand-up paddleboard onto Lake Nicaragua and paddle around some of the 365 isletas that dot these glassy waters.

Salute the day with a morning yoga session, held on a dock at the water’s edge.

Spend time with students and teachers at the Padre Nello School, located on a neighboring island.

The lodge’s floating dock is the perfect sunbathing spot.

As you paddle Lake Nicaragua, keep an eye out for turtles and colorful birds.

The lodge’s infinity pool is the perfect place to unwind after adventure-filled days.

The lodge’s boat sits at the ready to whisk travelers to the lakeshore, where volcanos and Spanish colonial cities await.

Find a perch at the open-air restaurant and enjoy a meal with spectacular views.

A stay at Jicaro Island Lodge is an invitation to immerse yourself in the unique culture and landscapes that surround Lake Nicaragua. Glide between isletas by boat, as islanders have done for centuries, try your hand at fishing with traditional nets and poles, and meet with farmers and schoolchildren to learn about daily life on the lake. Beyond the shores, an entirely different experience awaits. Scale the cone of the Masaya Volcano and peer into its lava-filled crater, trek through tropical forests and plantations, and bask in the Spanish colonial splendor of cities like Granada and León.

Things to Do

Activity inclusions vary by rate type and package. Please inquire with the lodge when requesting your reservation.

  • Kayaking, Paddleboarding, and Boating
  • Fishing
  • Bird-watching
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding
  • Zip-lining
  • Volcano Sandboarding
  • Masaya Volcano Tours
  • León and Granada City Tours
  • Yoga classes
  • Sustainability Tours

Food and Drink

Jicaro chefs draw guests into their dynamic culinary world by way of the lodge’s open kitchen—a design that makes each meal an interactive experience. Diners can watch their food being prepared and are encouraged to grill the chefs on their technique. Visitors to Jicaro often return home with tips on how to prepare gourmet Nicaraguan dishes, like plantain latkes and guava-glazed ribs. And for those who want to get their hands in the mix, the kitchen and bar extend an open invitation to get behind the counter. Whip up some salsas using locally sourced ingredients, or shake up your own take on a traditional rum drink.

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