Jicaro Island Lodge
Jicaro (“hee-ka-row”) Island is a private islet in Lake Nicaragua, about 15 minutes by boat from the colonial city of Granada.
The islet was formed by an eruption of Mombacho Volcano, which rises above the lake’s southern shore.
Arriving by covered skiff, guests are welcomed with fresh fruit juices, cool towels, an orientation of the island. The lush grounds are preserve native trees, flowers, and orchids.
Food is a highlight at Jicaro; fresh vegetables, herbs, and fruit compliment simple, flavorful preparations.
The full-board program includes three meals daily, non-alcoholic beverages, guided excursions, and boat transfers to and from the Granada’s Asese Port.
A garden path loops through the garden to nine casitas designed by architect Michael Falkner. Each of the two-story casitas has a lake view. This is a place to disconnect, relax, and renew.
In-room amenities: ceiling fans, cotton sheets, bathrobes, Wi-Fi, drinking water, umbrellas, deck, hammock, yoga mat, mosquito netting, and security box.
Alcohol and laundry service carry an additional fee. Massages can be arranged upon request. Jicaro does not have air conditioning. The casitas do not have televisions. The minimum age for guests is twelve years.
Each of the nine casitas are two stories and feature a private bedroom with king-size bed on the second floor. On the first floor, a spacious living area connects to an outside deck overlooking the lake.
The casitas and furniture are made of local rainforest wood. Jicaro Island Lodge is part of the Cayuga Collection of Sustainable Luxury Hotels in Nicaragua and Costa Rica.
Hotel amenities include:
- Ambient-temperature swimming pool
- Gloating sundeck
- Observation tower
- Board games
- Yoga deck and classes
- Massages rooms
- Kayaks and stand-up paddle boards
Jicaro Lodge is the perfect starting point for a nature tour. Guests can take plantation tours, tropical forest tours and visit hot springs.
Visitors can experience a birdwatching tour, zip-line, go riding or boating/fishing on Lake Nicaragua.
Another highlight is visiting the Masaya Volcano National Park, one of the few places in the world where you can visit active volcanoes up close.
For those interested in a cultural experience, they can take a tour of the historic town of Granda, the oldest colonial city in mainland America.