Nicaragua should be the king of kayaking; it has so many rivers, estuaries, and inlets. Indeed, by dugout canoe is how many of the locals get around, especially in areas such as Las Isletas in Granada, the Río Istián on Ometepe Island, the Solentiname Islands, and the countless mangrove estuaries and islands along the Atlantic coast such as the Pearl Cays. Unfortunately, there are few outfitters, and most are based around Granada. Next to asking a local for the loan of a boat (which is entirely normal and possible), your best bet is to stay at a lodge that has its own kayaks and boats, such as the hostels on Laguna de Apoyo and the Hospedaje Charco Verde on Ometepe Island.. Montecristo River Lodge will also help get you up the Río San Juan with a paddle. Reserva Natural Isla Juan Venado near León also conducts kayak tours. For laid-back booze cruises, there are several operators in San Juan del Sur. True hardcore kayak adventurers will find the 700km (435-mile) Río Coco along the Honduran border to be the ultimate boating experience. You'll have to bring your own kayak, however, as this area is isolated, with little or no tourist infrastructure.
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