14 days in Nicaragua Itinerary

14 days in Nicaragua Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Bangor
Fly + Drive:  18 h
1
Granada
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
San Juan del Sur
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
3
Leon
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  19 h
End: Bangor

4
nights
Granada

Granada ©
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Mombacho and Apoyo. Get a sense of the local culture at ChocoMuseo Granada and Iglesia de La Merced. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Granada: Montibelli Private National Reserve (in Ticuantepe) and Centro de Visitantes Reserva natural Laguna de Apoyo (in La Laguna de Apoyo). There's much more to do: step off the mainland to explore Islets of Granada, take in the architecture and atmosphere at La Capilla Maria Auxiliadora, contemplate the long history of Palacio Episcopal, and examine the collection at Mi Museo.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Granada online route planner.

Bangor, USA to Granada is an approximately 18- hour combination of flight and car. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Bangor to Granada due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can go by car to San Juan del Sur.

Things to do in Granada

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Masaya, Montibelli Private National Reserve
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Iglesia de La Merced ©
Iglesia de La Merced
ChocoMuseo Granada ©
ChocoMuseo Granada
Mombacho ©
Mombacho

3
nights
San Juan del Sur

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.
Head to The Art Warehouse and Bordportfor plenty of shopping. Get in touch with nature at San Juan del Sur Beach and Playa el Coco. Go for a jaunt from San Juan del Sur to Playa Redonda to see Playa Redonda about 1h 10 min away. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at La Flor Beach Natural Reserve, stroll through Marsella Valley Nature Center, make a trip to Mirador del Cristo de la Misericordia, and see the interesting displays at ChocoMuseo San Juan del Sur.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the San Juan del Sur vacation planner.

You can drive from Granada to San Juan del Sur in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a shuttle. In June in San Juan del Sur, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 78°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can go by car to Leon.

Things to do in San Juan del Sur

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Bordport, Playa Redonda
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La Flor Beach Natural Reserve ©
La Flor Beach Natural Reserve
San Juan del Sur Beach ©
San Juan del Sur Beach
The Art Warehouse ©
The Art Warehouse

5
nights
Leon

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.
Let the collections at Museo de Arte Fundacion Ortiz-Gurdian and Museo Ruben Dario capture your imagination. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Playa Las Penitas and Playa Poneloya. When in Leon, make a side trip to see Juan Venado Island Nature Reserve in Las Penitas, approximately Las Penitas away. There's still lots to do: get impressive views of Cerro Negro Volcano, look for gifts at Artesania de Leon, contemplate the long history of Iglesia San Juan Bautista de Subtiava, and stop by Catedral de la Asunción.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Leon itinerary planning tool.

Getting from San Juan del Sur to Leon by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 90°F, and evening lows to 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Leon

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Juan Venado Island Nature Reserve
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Cerro Negro Volcano ©
Cerro Negro Volcano
Museo de Arte Fundacion Ortiz-Gurdian ©
Museo de Arte Fundacion Ortiz-Gurdian
Playa Las Penitas ©
Playa Las Penitas

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