15 days in Nicaragua Itinerary

15 days in Nicaragua Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Nicaragua tour planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Leon
— 3 nights
Drive
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Managua
— 1 night
Bus to San Jorge, Ferry to Isla de Ometepe
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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
— 3 nights
Drive
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Granada
— 4 nights
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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.
Bring the kids along to Cerro Negro Volcano and Catedral de la Asunción. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Telica Volcano and Off-Road Tours. Step out of Leon with an excursion to Juan Venado Island Nature Reserve in Las Penitas--about 38 minutes away. The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church The Recollection, examine the collection at Museo Ruben Dario, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Calvary Church - Sweet Name of Jesus.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Leon online trip itinerary planner.

Orlando, USA to Leon is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Orlando to Leon due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Orlando in April, things will get somewhat warmer in Leon: highs are around 96°F and lows about 77°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can go by car to Managua.

Things to do in Leon

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Tours

Side Trip

Managua

— 1 night

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 10th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Loma de Tiscapa, then make a trip to Puerto Salvador Allende, and then don't miss a visit to Plaza de la Revolucion.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Managua travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Leon to Managua takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to travel to Isla de Ometepe.

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.
Family-friendly places like Dinarte's Rental and Volcan Maderas will thrill your kids. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Chico Largo Adventure and Rio Istian. There's still lots to do: admire the sheer force of Cascada de San Ramon and examine the collection at Museo Ometepe.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Isla de Ometepe tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and ferry from Managua to Isla de Ometepe takes 5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to travel to San Juan del Sur.

Things to do in Isla de Ometepe

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Tours

San Juan del Sur

— 3 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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Playa Hermosa and The Art Warehouse. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Dolphin & Whale Watching and La Flor Beach Natural Reserve. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at San Juan del Sur Beach, make a trip to Mirador del Cristo de la Misericordia, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our San Juan del Sur tour 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 91°F in April, and nighttime lows around 79°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can drive to Granada.

Things to do in San Juan del Sur

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Granada

— 4 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.
Family-friendly places like Mombacho and Parque Colon de Granada will thrill your kids. Explore hidden gems such as Zipline and Palacio Episcopal. Next up on the itinerary: step off the mainland to explore Islets of Granada, contemplate the long history of Old Railway Station, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Granada, and examine the collection at ChocoMuseo Granada.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Granada day trip site.

Getting from San Juan del Sur to Granada by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Wed) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Granada

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

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.