11 days in Nicaragua Itinerary

11 days in Nicaragua Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Nicaragua Trip Planner

Make it your trip
Drive
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Managua
— 1 day
Drive
2
Granada
— 4 nights
Drive
3
San Juan del Sur
— 2 nights
Bus to San Jorge, Ferry to Moyogalpa
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Isla de Ometepe
— 3 nights
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Managua

— 1 day

Bride of Xolotlan

Nicaragua's largest and capital city, Managua remains relatively unknown as a tourist destination, though it boasts a scenic location on the southwestern shore of the Xolotlan Lake.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): get a sense of history and politics at PALACIO DE LA CULTURA, then pause for some serene contemplation at Santiago of Managua Cathedral, then don't miss a visit to Puerto Salvador Allende, and finally don't miss a visit to Loma de Tiscapa.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Managua trip itinerary planner.

La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica to Managua is an approximately 6-hour car ride. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Granada.

Things to do in Managua

Historic Sites
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Granada

— 4 nights

La Gran Sultana

The lakeside city of Granada has the look and feel of a historically important economic and political center, with grand colonial architecture, a unified look, and many cultural attractions.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Iglesia de La Merced and Catedral de Granada. Get in touch with nature at Apoyo and Islets of Granada. And it doesn't end there: get impressive views of Mombacho, make a trip to Parque Colon de Granada, see the interesting displays at ChocoMuseo Granada, and look for gifts at Soy Nica.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Granada holiday planning app.

You can drive from Managua to Granada in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to go by car to San Juan del Sur.

Things to do in Granada

Nature · Parks · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

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San Juan del Sur

— 2 nights
Set in a crescent-shaped bay, San Juan del Sur has become known as a popular surfing spot and coastal holiday destination for Nicaraguan families and international visitors alike.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): make a trip to Mirador del Cristo de la Misericordia. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Tue): stroll through San Juan del Sur Beach and then kick back and relax at La Flor Beach Natural Reserve.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the San Juan del Sur trip planner.

Traveling by car from Granada to San Juan del Sur takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in San Juan del Sur are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can travel to Isla de Ometepe.

Things to do in San Juan del Sur

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Wildlife
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Isla de Ometepe

— 3 nights
Isla de Ometepe may be small in size, but it boasts two large volcanoes that dominate its landscape and influence the local lifestyle.
Visiting Isla Ometepe and Volcan Concepcion will get you outdoors. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at El Ceibo Museums and Museo Ometepe. The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Charco Verde, admire the local landmark of Ojo de Agua, get impressive views of Volcan Maderas, and kick back and relax at Punta Jesus Maria.

For ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Isla de Ometepe road trip tool.

You can do a combination of bus and ferry from San Juan del Sur to Isla de Ometepe in 3.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Isla de Ometepe

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors
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Nicaragua travel guide

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Churches · Volcanos · Specialty Museums
Still emerging as a major tourist destination, Nicaragua, the largest country in Central America, entices travelers with its rich history and remarkable natural beauty just waiting to be discovered. A holiday in Nicaragua allows you to explore a vibrant culture, scenic beaches, and plenty of spots off the beaten path. Majestic volcanoes, lakes, and forests offer numerous chances for exploration and exciting adventures, while major cities boast splendid colonial architecture. With access to coastlines on both the Pacific and the Caribbean, a vacation in Nicaragua appeals to those looking for thrilling surfing experiences, dramatic views, or a chance to spread out on a deserted tropical beach.