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Belize, Nicaragua, or ? with a 13-year old

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Belize, Nicaragua, or ? with a 13-year old

I have off at the end of June and my niece and I are planning to take a vacation to swim, snorkel, horseback ride, and fish. Last year, we visited Costa Rica and loved it! We stayed in hostels and everyone we met HIGHLY recommended Nicaragua. So...

That's where we'd like to go but, originally, I planned on Belize this summer. Any suggestions as to which would be better and why?

If we do go to Nicaragua, I'd like to visit the Corn Islands. How difficult is it to do without taking a plane? Or, are the flights that cheap? Where should we visit and what should we do? Again, CHEAP but clean lodgings are preferred (Hostels tend to be our usual "home away from home".)

I've done some research so I do understand that Nicaragua is more rustic, which is okay by me. However, my niece is opposed to too much exercise. lol I just don't want to do the usual touristy stuff. YUCK!!!

Thanks for any help and suggestions.

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1. Re: Belize, Nicaragua, or ? with a 13-year old

Less than 2 years ago I paid $175 round trip from Managua to the Corn Islands. I don't think optional travel is something for you to consider - travel by bus to El Rama on the Caribbean, and boat to the Corn Islands. I believbe that you would find the hostel situation in Nicaragua similar to Costa Rica, and less so in Belize.

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2. Re: Belize, Nicaragua, or ? with a 13-year old

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Keep the suggestions coming:)

FoodyOne - I LOVE Kelowna! I went snowboarding there a few years ago and have always wanted to go back during the summer. The hostel I stayed at was right on the slopes. GREAT fun!!!

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