Babymoon~ a vacation taken during pregnancy with your significant other
Road trip; Central America
M and I spent the week on quite an adventure in Nicaragua. We flew into the capital city of Managua (pronounce muh-naw-wah) and drove through city, countryside and small towns for four hours to Aqua Wellness Resort, an eco-friendly hotel along the Pacific coast. A fellow traveler posted on Frommer’s that driving in Nicaragua is not for the faint of heart, and I give M a lot of credit for chauffeuring me around this week (Frommer’s is my most trusted source of travel info). After three nights of quiet relaxation we headed to the colonial city of Granada for historical architecture and some hustle and bustle.
Here are the highlights:
Passionfruit ginger smoothie
Granola with locally grown cashews
Always ripe fresh fruit
Best food & drink:
Jugo natural: fruit juices usually blended up on the spot, cheap and delicious!
Gallo pinto with maduros: rice and beans with fried plantains
Juicy pineapple, watermelon and papaya
Top Three Nica Experiences:
Watching the monkeys swing through the trees at dusk right outside our villa
Three days of 8 am yoga on a platform overlooking the ocean
Splashing around in the warm waters of Laguna Apoyo, a crater lake at the base of a volcano
One hour couples massage in San Juan Del Sur: $50
Tire patched in Granada: $2
San Juan Del Sur~ Nicaragua’s “touristy” town
The rental car company did not provide a map (three gas stations and a hotel later we found one)
Know Before You Go:
How to change a tire if you plan to rent a car
A few Spanish phrases; especially left, right and straight
Thank goodness for my manly man
Juice at Laguna Apoyo; a warm-water crater lake outside of Granada
A magical spot
Baby-related highlight from the trip:
I felt him/her move for the first time…and then many times after that
A woman working at our hotel in Granada asked me if I knew the baby’s sex yet. She made a prediction based on my belly, which M found amazing that she even knew I was pregnant since I kind of look like I’ve gained the freshman 15. Anyway, I wouldn’t tell him what she said (the conversation was in Spanish) but we’ll find out the answer this week. My appointment’s tomorrow and I plan to have the technician write the sex on a paper and seal it in an envelope. M and I will find out along with friends and family this Saturday at our “Gender Reveal” party. In case you haven’t heard yet, they’re all the rage for expecting moms and dads.
Have you been to Nicaragua or another Central American country? Please share travel highlights and experiences!
Would you find out the sex of your baby or wait until they’re born?