12 days in Nicaragua Itinerary

12 days in Nicaragua Itinerary

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12 days in Nicaragua Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly + bus:  13​h
1
Leon
— 3 nights
shuttle + ferry:  4​h 15​min
2
Isla de Ometepe
— 3 nights
+2
taxi + ferry + bus:  1​h 15​min
3
San Juan del Sur
— 2 nights
4
Granada
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  12​h 15​min
End: San Francisco

3
nights
Leon

Leon ©
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Museo Ruben Dario and Museo de Arte Fundacion Ortiz-Gurdian. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Playa Poneloya and Church The Recollection. Step out of Leon to go to Las Penitas and see Juan Venado Island Nature Reserve, which is approximately 54 minutes away. There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de la Asunción and look for gifts at Buho Books.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Leon trip itinerary planning app .

San Francisco, USA to Leon is an approximately 13-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Central Standard Time is 2 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from San Francisco in July; daily highs in Leon reach 93°F and lows reach 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Sat) to allow time for the shuttle ride to Isla de Ometepe.

Things to do in Leon

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Juan Venado Island Nature Reserve
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Playa Poneloya ©
Playa Poneloya
Juan Venado Island Nature Reserve ©
Catedral de la Asunción ©
Catedral de la Asunción

3
nights
Isla de Ometepe

Isla de Ometepe ©
Isla de Ometepe may be small in size, but it boasts two large volcanoes that dominate its landscape and influence the local lifestyle.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): examine the collection at Museo Ometepe, examine the collection at Museum El Ceibo, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Punta Jesus Maria. Keep things going the next day: get advice or help at Los Ramos, admire the local landmark of Ojo de Agua, and then explore the activities along Rio Istian.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Isla de Ometepe trip builder .

Take a shuttle from Leon to Isla de Ometepe in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Leon in July: highs in Isla de Ometepe hover around 86°F, while lows dip to 77°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can catcht the bus to San Juan del Sur.

Things to do in Isla de Ometepe

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Punta Jesus Maria ©
Punta Jesus Maria
Rio Istian ©
Rio Istian
Museum El Ceibo ©
Museum El Ceibo

2
nights
San Juan del Sur

San Juan del Sur ©
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 La Flor Beach Natural Reserve and San Juan del Sur Beach will get you outdoors. Explore hidden gems such as Macua Tours & Travel and Plaza del arte, san juan del sur. Next up on the itinerary: head outdoors with Da' Flying Frog Extreme Adventure and make a trip to Mirador del Cristo de la Misericordia.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the San Juan del Sur visit planner.

Take a bus from Isla de Ometepe to San Juan del Sur in 1.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 77°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Granada.

Things to do in San Juan del Sur

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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La Flor Beach Natural Reserve ©
La Flor Beach Natural Reserve
Macua Tours & Travel ©
Macua Tours & Travel
San Juan del Sur Beach ©
San Juan del Sur Beach

3
nights
Granada

Granada ©
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 13th (Fri): explore the activities along Laguna de Apoyo, look for gifts at Lucha Libro Books, and then see the interesting displays at ChocoMuseo. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Mi Museo, then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Granada, then step off the mainland to explore Islets of Granada, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de La Merced.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Granada trip itinerary tool .

Drive from San Juan del Sur to Granada in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. July in Granada sees daily highs of 90°F and lows of 75°F at night. On the 15th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Granada

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trip

Apoyo
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Islets of Granada ©
Islets of Granada
Apoyo
Apoyo
ChocoMuseo Granada ©
ChocoMuseo Granada

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