9 days in Nicaragua Itinerary

9 days in Nicaragua Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: New York City
Fly:  11 h 30 min
1
Granada
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
San Juan del Sur
— 1 night
Bus + Ferry:  1 h 30 min
3
Isla de Ometepe
— 1 night
Ferry + Shuttle:  3 h 30 min
4
Leon
— 2 nights
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 the 23rd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head off the coast to Islets of Granada, get impressive views of Mombacho, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Apoyo.

For where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Granada trip planning website.

New York City, USA to Granada is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from New York City to Granada, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to San Juan del Sur.

Things to do in Granada

Parks Nature Shopping

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Masaya
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Islets of Granada ©
Islets of Granada
Mombacho ©
Mombacho
Apoyo
Apoyo

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, tour the pleasant surroundings at San Juan del Sur Beach, thenidentify plant and animal life at La Flor Beach Natural Reserve, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Surf Ranch Paintball.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our San Juan del Sur trip itinerary tool.

You can drive from Granada to San Juan del Sur in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a shuttle. In December, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Isla de Ometepe.

Things to do in San Juan del Sur

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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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 ©
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): examine the collection at El Ceibo Museums, enjoy the sand and surf at Punta Jesus Maria, and then step off the mainland to explore Isla Ometepe. On the 27th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the local landmark of Ojo de Agua, wander the streets of Los Ramos, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Charco Verde.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Isla de Ometepe travel route site.

You can do a combination of bus and ferry from San Juan del Sur to Isla de Ometepe in 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel to Leon.

Things to do in Isla de Ometepe

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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, pause for some serene contemplation at Church The Recollection, and then get impressive views of Cerro Negro Volcano.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Leon trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by combination of ferry and shuttle from Isla de Ometepe to Leon takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. In December, daily temperatures in Leon can reach 91°F, while at night they dip to 73°F. On the 29th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Leon

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Cerro Negro Volcano ©
Cerro Negro Volcano
Playa Las Penitas ©
Playa Las Penitas
Catedral de la Asunción ©
Catedral de la Asunción

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