LAST STOP: CALALA ISLAND, NICARAGUA
Calala is the epitome of island life. Sip a morning mimosa in your hammock and stretch out on deserted beaches. Wiggle your toes in the warm, crystal sea and watch the wildlife dart about your feet. With breath-taking sea life and tropical temperatures, snorkels and masks (as well as sunglasses and floppy hats) are a must-have for Calala. Because just away from the shoreline, you’re likely to meet sea turtles, otters, lobsters and dolphins.
If you don’t spot them from the shore, take a boat trip around Pearl Keys to see dolphins playing in the wild. And be sure to look up too – these islets are known for their diverse birdlife. The Pearl Keys Wildlife Refuge is a haven for critically endangered wildlife, including the Hawksbill Sea Turtle and manatees – and is made up of mangroves, rivers, ocean and shores.
Fishing is a mainstay for locals on the Nicaraguan islands. Local fishermen can advise on the best, approved places for pole-and-line fishing, and you can take deep-sea fishing trips from Calala. Or for the true desert island experience, try your hand at spear fishing. Suggested stay 2-3 nights.