12 days in Nicaragua Itinerary

12 days in Nicaragua Itinerary

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12 days in Nicaragua Itinerary

Start: Houston
Fly + shuttle:  8​h 45​min
Leon
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
San Juan del Sur
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Granada
— 4 nights
shuttle + Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Houston

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.
Relax by the water at Playa Las Penitas and Playa Poneloya. Take a break from Leon with a short trip to Juan Venado Island Nature Reserve in Las Penitas, about 50 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: get impressive views of Volcan cerro negro, see the interesting displays at Museo de la Revolucion, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de la Asunción, and look for gifts at Buho Books.

To find more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Leon trip itinerary builder tool .

Houston, USA to Leon is an approximately 9-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Houston in May, with highs in Leon at 92°F and lows at 78°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to drive to San Juan del Sur.

Things to do in Leon

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Juan Venado Island Nature Reserve
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Volcan cerro negro ©
Volcan cerro negro
Playa Las Penitas ©
Playa Las Penitas
Juan Venado Island Nature Reserve ©
Juan Venado Island Nature Reserve

3
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.
We've included these beaches for you: La Flor Beach Natural Reserve and San Juan del Sur Beach. On the 13th (Sun), enjoy an adventurous day among the treetops at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Mirador del Cristo de la Misericordia, hike along Macua Tours & Travel, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and have some family-friendly fun at Surf Ranch Skateboard Park.

For where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read San Juan del Sur trip planner.

Traveling by car from Leon to San Juan del Sur takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In May in San Juan del Sur, expect temperatures between 90°F during the day and 79°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Granada.

Things to do in San Juan del Sur

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Parks
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San Juan del Sur Beach ©
San Juan del Sur Beach
La Flor Beach Natural Reserve ©
La Flor Beach Natural Reserve
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4
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.
For shopping fun, head to Soy Nica or Mombacho Cigars. Change things up with these side-trips from Granada: Mirador de Catarina (in Catarina) and Laguna de Apoyo (in La Laguna de Apoyo). There's lots more to do: head off the coast to Islets of Granada, examine the collection at ChocoMuseo, look for gifts at Masaya Crafts Market, and pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Merced.

To see ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Granada day trip planner.

Traveling by car from San Juan del Sur to Granada takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In May in Granada, expect temperatures between 94°F during the day and 76°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Granada

#Parks, #Nature, #Shopping

Side Trips

Mirador de Catarina, Apoyo, Masaya Crafts Market
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Soy Nica ©
Soy Nica
Mombacho Cigars ©
Mombacho Cigars
Masaya Crafts Market ©
Masaya Crafts Market

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