8 days in Nicaragua Itinerary

8 days in Nicaragua Itinerary

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Drive
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San Juan del Sur
— 1 night
Bus to San Jorge, Ferry to Moyogalpa
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Isla de Ometepe
— 1 night
Bus
3
Leon
— 2 nights
Drive
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Granada
— 2 nights
Fly

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San Juan del Sur

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Zen Yoga as well as Rancho Chilamate. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): soothe aching muscles at Zen Yoga, tour the pleasant surroundings at San Juan del Sur Beach, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and finally don't miss a visit to Mirador del Cristo de la Misericordia. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at La Flor Beach Natural Reserve and then trot along with Rancho Chilamate.

To see maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the San Juan del Sur trip planner.

San Jose, Costa Rica to San Juan del Sur is an approximately 5.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of flight, bus, and shuttle. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from San Jose in December; daily highs in San Juan del Sur reach 34°C and lows reach 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to travel to Isla de Ometepe.

Things to do in San Juan del Sur

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife
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Isla de Ometepe

Isla de Ometepe may be small in size, but it boasts two large volcanoes that dominate its landscape and influence the local lifestyle.
On the 14th (Wed), head off the coast to Isla Ometepe and then kick back and relax at Punta Jesus Maria.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Isla de Ometepe trip builder website.

You can do a combination of bus and ferry from San Juan del Sur to Isla de Ometepe in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to take a bus to Leon.

Things to do in Isla de Ometepe

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches
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Leon

A cultured and storied city, Leon attracts guests from all over the world, drawn to the second city's style, thriving intellectual life, and liveliness.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de la Asunción, see the interesting displays at Museo de Arte Fundacion Ortiz-Gurdian, then kick back and relax at Playa Las Penitas, and finally stop by Buho Books. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Museum of Legends and Traditions (Museo de Tradiciones y Leyendas) and then contemplate the geological forces at Cerro Negro Volcano.

Before you visit Leon, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can take a bus from Isla de Ometepe to Leon in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December in Leon, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can drive to Granada.

Things to do in Leon

Parks · Nature · Museums · Outdoors
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2
nights
Granada

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.
On the 17th (Sat), examine the collection at ChocoMuseo Granada, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Granada, and then explore the activities along Apoyo. Here are some ideas for day two: head off the coast to Islets of Granada, contemplate the geological forces at Mombacho, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de La Merced.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Granada road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Leon to Granada takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Granada

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

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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.