8 days in Nicaragua Itinerary

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— 3 nights
San Juan del Sur
— 1 night
Bus to San Jorge, Ferry to Isla de Ometepe
Isla de Ometepe
— 1 night
— 2 nights


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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): head off the coast to Islets of Granada, then get impressive views of Mombacho, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Apoyo. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at ChocoMuseo Granada, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de La Merced, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Granada, admire the striking features of Guadalupe Church, then look for gifts at Soy Nica, and finally examine the collection at Centro Cultural Antiguo Convento San Francisco.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Granada trip maker tool.

New York City, USA to Granada is an approximately 10-hour flight. 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 26th (Tue) to allow time to drive to San Juan del Sur.
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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.
On the 26th (Tue), enjoy the sand and surf at La Flor Beach Natural Reserve, then enjoy the sand and surf at San Juan del Sur Beach, and then don't miss a visit to Mirador del Cristo de la Misericordia.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the San Juan del Sur online trip builder.

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. In December in San Juan del Sur, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 76°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can travel to Isla de Ometepe.
Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife
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Isla de Ometepe — 1 night

Isla de Ometepe may be small in size, but it boasts two large volcanoes that dominate its landscape and influence the local lifestyle.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Punta Jesus Maria, then step off the mainland to explore Isla Ometepe, and then take a stroll through Los Ramos. On the 28th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Charco Verde and then admire the local landmark of Ojo de Agua.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Isla de Ometepe trip maker tool.

Traveling by combination of bus and ferry from San Juan del Sur to Isla de Ometepe takes 3 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can catch the bus to Leon.
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Leon — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Fri): kick back and relax at Playa Las Penitas, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church The Recollection, and then contemplate the geological forces at Cerro Negro Volcano.

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Getting from Isla de Ometepe to Leon by bus takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 91°F, and evening lows to 73°F. You will leave for home on the 30th (Sat).
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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.