Nicaragua has 4.5 million inhabitants, most of which live in the Pacific basin. The majority of the population is metizo with smaller populations of people of pure indigenous and European blood. The official language is Spanish and is often laced with words of Nahuat origin. Miskito, Creole English and Rama are spoken on the Caribbean coast. English is not widely spoken. The religion is predominantly Catholic but all major western religions are present. It would be difficult to find a more open, warm and gregarious people than the Nicaraguans, and when you consider the hardships they have been through, it makes this friendly good humor all the more special and one of the best reasons to visit.