8 days in Nicaragua Itinerary

8 days in Nicaragua Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Nicaragua trip planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Leon
— 1 day
Drive
2
San Juan del Sur
— 3 nights
Drive
3
Granada
— 3 nights
Fly

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Leon

— 1 day
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 27th (Sat): stroll through Playa Las Penitas and then get impressive views of Cerro Negro Volcano.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Leon trip builder tool.

San Francisco, USA to Leon is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. The time zone difference when traveling from San Francisco to Leon is 2 hours. Traveling from San Francisco in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Leon: highs are around 93°F and lows about 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to drive to San Juan del Sur.

Things to do in Leon

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

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.
Escape the urban bustle at La Flor Beach Natural Reserve and Playa Hermosa. We've included these beaches for you: San Juan del Sur Beach and Playa el Coco. The adventure continues: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, get outside with Outdoor Activities, don't miss a visit to Mirador del Cristo de la Misericordia, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our San Juan del Sur online trip maker.

Drive from Leon to San Juan del Sur in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. When traveling from Leon in July, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in San Juan del Sur: temperatures range from 86°F by day to 78°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can drive to Granada.

Things to do in San Juan del Sur

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Wildlife

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.
On the 31st (Wed), get impressive views of Mombacho and then contemplate the waterfront views at Apoyo. Keep things going the next day: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Merced, then head off the coast to Islets of Granada, and finally examine the collection at ChocoMuseo Granada.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Granada tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from San Juan del Sur to Granada takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Granada

Nature · Parks · Spas · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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.