9 days in Nicaragua Itinerary

9 days in Nicaragua Itinerary

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9 days in Nicaragua Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly + shuttle:  11​h 30​min
1
Granada
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
San Juan del Sur
— 1 night
+2
bus + ferry + taxi:  1​h 30​min
3
Isla de Ometepe
— 1 night
ferry + shuttle:  3​h 30​min
4
Leon
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  12​h
End: New York City

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): look for gifts at Masaya Crafts Market. On your second day here, step off the mainland to explore Islets of Granada, then get impressive views of Mombacho Volcano National Preserve, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna de Apoyo.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Granada attractions tool .

New York City, USA to Granada is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of bus, flight, and shuttle. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from New York City to Granada. In December, Granada is much warmer than New York City - with highs of 90°F and lows of 72°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can go by car to San Juan del Sur.

Things to do in Granada

#Nature, #Parks, #Museums

Side Trips

Apoyo, Masaya Crafts Market
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Apoyo
Apoyo
Islets of Granada ©
Islets of Granada
Mombacho Volcano National Preserve ©
Mombacho Volcano National Preserve

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Mirador del Cristo de la Misericordia, enjoy the sand and surf at San Juan del Sur Beach, then kick back and relax at La Flor Beach Natural Reserve, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Surf Ranch Paintball.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the San Juan del Sur trip site .

Getting from Granada to San Juan del Sur by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. While traveling from Granada, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in San Juan del Sur, ranging from highs of 85°F to lows of 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to take a bus to Isla de Ometepe.

Things to do in San Juan del Sur

#Outdoors, #Beaches, #Parks
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San Juan del Sur Beach ©
San Juan del Sur Beach
La Flor Beach Natural Reserve ©
La Flor Beach Natural Reserve
Mirador del Cristo de la Misericordia ©

1
night
Isla de Ometepe

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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Museum El Ceibo, kick back and relax at Punta Jesus Maria, and then step off the mainland to explore Isla Ometepe. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the local landmark of Ojo de Agua, then take a stroll through Los Ramos, and then explore the activities along Laguna Charco Verde.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Isla de Ometepe trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by bus from San Juan del Sur to Isla de Ometepe takes 1.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can take a shuttle to Leon.

Things to do in Isla de Ometepe

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors
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Punta Jesus Maria ©
Punta Jesus Maria
Isla Ometepe
Isla Ometepe
Laguna Charco Verde ©
Laguna Charco Verde

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): kick back and relax at Playa Las Penitas, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church The Recollection, and then get impressive views of Volcan cerro negro.

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Getting from Isla de Ometepe to Leon by shuttle takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Isla de Ometepe in December: highs in Leon hover around 91°F, while lows dip to 72°F. You'll have a few hours on the 29th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Leon

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature
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Volcan cerro negro ©
Volcan cerro negro
Playa Las Penitas ©
Playa Las Penitas
Catedral de la Asunción ©
Catedral de la Asunción

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