8 days in Nicaragua Itinerary

8 days in Nicaragua Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Nicaragua trip planner
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Fly to Augusto C. Sandino (Managua) International Airport, Drive to Granada
— 3 nights
San Juan del Sur
— 1 night
— 3 nights
Drive to Augusto C. Sandino (Managua) International Airport, Fly to Newark


Granada — 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.
Step out of Granada with an excursion to Apoyo in La Laguna de Apoyo--about 36 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: get impressive views of Mombacho, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Granada, shop like a local with Galeria Mi Camara Mi Mundo, and see the interesting displays at Centro Cultural Antiguo Convento San Francisco.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Granada trip planning site.

Newark, USA to Granada is an approximately 11-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Newark to Granada, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to go by car to San Juan del Sur.
Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites
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San Juan del Sur — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): stroll through San Juan del Sur Beach, make a trip to Mirador del Cristo de la Misericordia, and then relax and rejuvenate at Pranamaya Yoga & Thai Massage Studio Playa Maderas.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the San Juan del Sur online tour itinerary maker.

Getting from Granada to San Juan del Sur by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in December, and nighttime lows around 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Leon.
Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Spas
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Leon — 3 nights

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 16th (Fri): examine the collection at Museo de Arte Fundacion Ortiz-Gurdian, get impressive views of Cerro Negro Volcano, and then look for gifts at Artesania de Leon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de la Asunción, pause for some serene contemplation at Church The Recollection, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Juan Venado Island Nature Reserve.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Leon day trip planner.

You can drive from San Juan del Sur to Leon in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. While traveling from San Juan del Sur, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Leon, ranging from highs of 91°F to lows of 73°F. On the 18th (Sun), you'll travel back home.
Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Museums
Side Trip
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Nicaragua travel guide

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.