The 7 Best Souvenirs to Buy in Nicaragua

A sign bears the name of Nicaraguas famous rum, Flor de Cana
A sign bears the name of Nicaragua's famous rum, Flor de Cana | © Neil Wilsey / Flickr
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Wherever you go on holiday it’s good to take home a few souvenirs. Here are some of the best gifts you can get in Nicaragua.

Flor de Cana, Nicaragua’s most famous alcoholic export

Flor de Caña

Nicaragua’s most famous alcohol is this delicious rum. Pick up a bottle or two before you leave to remember those sundowners that you enjoyed during your time in the country.

Traditional ceramics

The artisan market in Masaya is the best place to pick up lots of different souvenirs, and ceramics is one of the top choices. You might not be able to take some of the bigger pieces home with you, but there are lots of small ones to choose from.

Guitars

If you’ve got a bit of space or you want a guitar for your adventure, Masaya is home to several guitar sellers. You can get great quality for an affordable price here, whether you want a portable guitar for your trip or a full size model for use at home.

Visit a cigar factory in Granada, Nicaragua

Cigars

Nicaraguan cigars might not have the global fame of their Cuban cousins, but they are a great souvenir. The best place to buy some is the city of Esteli, the centre of the cigar trade.

Hammocks

Who doesn’t love a hammock? There is nothing better than relaxing in a gently swinging cocoon and watching the sun set. Take one home as a gift or use it to sleep in hostels on your trip.

Coffee processing on Isla Ometepe, Nicaragua

Coffee

Nicaragua is a major coffee producer and a bag of beans is a good present for the caffeine lovers in your life. Look out for coffee from the Jinotega and Matagalpa departments.

Primitivista art

This artistic movement sprang up in the 1970s in Nicaragua, and remains popular today. Pick up a piece for your walls and you’ll have a colourful reminder of your time in the country whenever you see it.

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