8 days in Nicaragua Itinerary

8 days in Nicaragua Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Nicaragua trip itinerary planner

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



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Bride of Xolotlan

Nicaragua's largest and capital city, Managua remains relatively unknown as a tourist destination, though it boasts a scenic location on the southwestern shore of the Xolotlan Lake.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): head outdoors with Dive Nicaragua, pause for some serene contemplation at Santiago of Managua Cathedral, and then don't miss a visit to Puerto Salvador Allende.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Managua trip planner.

Los Angeles, USA to Managua is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Central Standard Time is 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can drive to Tipitapa.

Things to do in Managua

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Historic Sites
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— 1 night
Tipitapa is a municipality in the Managua department of western Nicaragua. On the 21st (Sat), relax and rejuvenate at Banos de Aguas Termales en Tipitapa.

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You can drive from Managua to Tipitapa in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. On the 21st (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to San Juan del Sur.

Things to do in Tipitapa

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San Juan del Sur

— 2 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.
On the 22nd (Sun), soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers and then stroll through La Flor Beach Natural Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at San Juan del Sur Beach and then make a trip to Mirador del Cristo de la Misericordia.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our San Juan del Sur trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tipitapa to San Juan del Sur takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in San Juan del Sur can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 77°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Isla de Ometepe.

Things to do in San Juan del Sur

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Spas
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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.
On the 24th (Tue), contemplate the geological forces at Volcan Concepcion and then contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Charco Verde.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Isla de Ometepe travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and ferry from San Juan del Sur to Isla de Ometepe takes 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Granada.

Things to do in Isla de Ometepe

Parks · Nature
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— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): head off the coast to Islets of Granada and then contemplate the geological forces at Mombacho. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de La Merced.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Granada trip planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry and shuttle from Isla de Ometepe to Granada takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Thu) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Granada

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
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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.