18 days in Nicaragua Itinerary

18 days in Nicaragua Itinerary

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Fly to Augusto C. Sandino (Managua) International Airport, Drive to Leon
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Leon
— 3 nights
Bus
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Isla de Ometepe
— 3 nights
Ferry to San Jorge, Bus to San Juan del Sur
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San Juan del Sur
— 4 nights
Taxi to Bluefields, Fly to Big Corn Island
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Big Corn Island
— 1 night
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Little Corn Island
— 1 night
Fly
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Granada
— 5 nights
Drive to Augusto C. Sandino (Managua) International Airport, Fly to Newark

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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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Catedral de la Asunción and Museo de Arte Fundacion Ortiz-Gurdian. Step out of the city life by going to Cerro Negro Volcano and Juan Venado Island Nature Reserve. It doesn't end there: explore the galleries of Museum of Legends and Traditions (Museo de Tradiciones y Leyendas) and pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia San Juan Bautista de Subtiava.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Leon trip planner.

Newark, USA to Leon is an approximately 12-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Newark in December, with highs in Leon at 91°F and lows at 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can take a bus to Isla de Ometepe.

Things to do in Leon

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 27 — 30:

Isla de Ometepe

— 3 nights
Isla de Ometepe may be small in size, but it boasts two large volcanoes that dominate its landscape and influence the local lifestyle.
Take a break from the city and head to Isla Ometepe and Dinarte's Rental. Next up on the itinerary: get impressive views of Volcan Concepcion, contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Charco Verde, and admire the local landmark of Ojo de Agua.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Isla de Ometepe trip planner.

Take a bus from Leon to Isla de Ometepe in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to San Juan del Sur.

Things to do in Isla de Ometepe

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Tours
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 2:

San Juan del Sur

— 4 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.
Visiting San Juan del Sur Beach and La Flor Beach Natural Reserve will get you outdoors. Change things up with a short trip to Playa Redonda in Playa Redonda (about 1h 10 min away). There's still lots to do: soothe aching muscles at Pranamaya Yoga & Thai Massage Studio Playa Maderas, don't miss a visit to Mirador del Cristo de la Misericordia, and whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read San Juan del Sur trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry and bus from Isla de Ometepe to San Juan del Sur takes 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in January, and nighttime lows around 75°F. On the 6th (Thu), you're off to Big Corn Island.

Things to do in San Juan del Sur

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 2 — 6:

Big Corn Island

— 1 night
The larger of the two islands, Big Corn Island offers a laid-back atmosphere and tropical island scenery.
On the 7th (Fri), step off the mainland to explore Nautilus Corn Island and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

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Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from San Juan del Sur to Big Corn Island takes 11 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry. In January, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 73°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to travel to Little Corn Island.

Things to do in Big Corn Island

Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 7:

Little Corn Island

— 1 night
The smaller of two islands, Little Corn Island has become more popular than its larger neighbor, with international visitors seeing it as the more authentic, wilder, and more scenic landmass.
On the 8th (Sat), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Little Corn Island road trip site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Big Corn Island to Little Corn Island. In January, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can fly to Granada.

Things to do in Little Corn Island

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 8:
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Granada

— 5 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Iglesia de La Merced and ChocoMuseo Granada. Get outdoors at Apoyo and Masaya Volcano. And it doesn't end there: get impressive views of Mombacho, examine the collection at Centro Cultural Antiguo Convento San Francisco, shop like a local with Masaya Crafts Market, and pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Granada.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Granada vacation planning app.

You can fly from Little Corn Island to Granada in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and taxi. On the 13th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Granada

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 8 — 13:

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.