Culture, History and Colonial Charm

Jicaro Island Lodge is located amongst the Islets of Granada, a set of over 350 small islands in Lake Nicaragua just a short boat ride from the UNESCO World Heritage city of Granada.

Handbags on a Granada market stall


The excursions to Mombacho volcano and Granada were great experiences and got us in touch with the real Nicaragua.

Old colonial Granada

A Glimpse of Granada and Lake Nicaragua

Jicaro Island Lodge is located on a small private islet in Lake Nicaragua, just minutes by boat from Granada. The city itself is a beautiful example of a Central America’s colonial past with a slightly faded grandeur and vibrant color all of its own. Its bustling markets and historic buildings are a must-visit for our guests, and its lakeside location make it all the more charming.

Just southeast of Granada amidst the waters of Lake Nicaragua is an archipelago of 365 small islands, all formed by Mombacho Volcano over 20,000 years ago. The freshwater lake is the largest of its kind in Central America, and connects with the Caribbean Sea via the San Juan River. This technically makes Granada an Atlantic port, despite being geographically closer to the Pacific.

Lake Nicaragua has a fascinating history of Caribbean pirates such as Captain Morgan who assaulted Granada several times during the Spanish colonial period. There were once serious plans to build a canal connecting the Atlantic with the Pacific using the San Juan River and Lake Nicaragua, but eventually it was built in Panama.

Keen to explore our neighboring islets, nearby volcanoes and of course, the rich history of Granada? Our resident guides offer a number of tours to help you experience it all from Jicaro.