17 days in Nicaragua, Monteverde & San Jose Itinerary

17 days in Nicaragua, Monteverde & San Jose Itinerary

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Fly to San Jose, Taxi to Monteverde
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Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
Drive
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San Jose, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
Drive
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Managua, Nicaragua
— 1 night
Fly
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Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua
— 1 night
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Fly to Managua, Bus to León, Shuttle to Rivas
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San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
— 3 nights
Drive
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Granada, Nicaragua
— 3 nights
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Monteverde, Costa Rica

— 4 nights
Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Ecological Sanctuary and Souvenir Rosewood-Info Center. Do some cultural sightseeing at Santa Elena Skywalk and Catedral de Puntarenas. Next up on the itinerary: look for gifts at Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery, tour the pleasant surroundings at Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena, admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Orchid Garden, and take a peaceful walk through Children's Eternal Rain Forest.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Monteverde trip itinerary maker site.

New York City, USA to Monteverde is an approximately 11-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trip

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San Jose, Costa Rica

— 4 nights
A trip to San Jose, the capital, commercial center, and cultural hub of Costa Rica, gives you a chance to experience the lively atmosphere and rich cultural past of this vibrant country.
Explore hidden gems such as Metropolitan Church (Catedral Metropolitana) and Museo de Arte Costarricense. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Ruins of Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de la Limpia Concepcion and Museo de los Ninos. Explore San Jose's surroundings by going to Iglesia de San Jose de Orosi and the Museum (in Orosi), Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles (in Cartago) and Rescate Wildlife Rescue Center (in Alajuela). And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Multiplaza, stop by J.LANG Atelier & Showroom, and let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our San Jose journey maker website.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to San Jose takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in San Jose can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Managua.

Things to do in San Jose

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 4 — 8:

Managua, Nicaragua

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): make a trip to Plaza de la Revolucion and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santiago of Managua Cathedral.

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Getting from San Jose to Managua by car takes about 7 hours. Other options: fly. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can travel to Puerto Cabezas.

Things to do in Managua

Historic Sites
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Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua

— 1 night
Puerto Cabezas is a municipality in Nicaragua. To see ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Puerto Cabezas day trip website.

You can fly from Managua to Puerto Cabezas in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Puerto Cabezas can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 76°F. On the 10th (Tue), you're off to San Juan del Sur.

Things to do in Puerto Cabezas

Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches · Nature
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San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

— 3 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like La Flor Beach Natural Reserve and Macua Tours & Travel. There's much more to do: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, make a trip to Mirador del Cristo de la Misericordia, and kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the San Juan del Sur trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight, bus, and shuttle from Puerto Cabezas to San Juan del Sur in 11 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in San Juan del Sur can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can drive to Granada.

Things to do in San Juan del Sur

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Wildlife
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Granada, Nicaragua

— 3 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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): look for gifts at Soy Nica, then admire the striking features of Guadalupe Church, then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Granada, and finally see the interesting displays at Mi Museo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Masaya Crafts Market, take some stellar pictures from Mirador de Catarina, then don't miss a visit to Parque Colon de Granada, then head off the coast to Islets of Granada, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Merced.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Granada holiday planning site.

Traveling by car from San Juan del Sur to Granada takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. On the 16th (Mon), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Granada

Shopping · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 13 — 16:

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.