15 days in Nicaragua Itinerary

15 days in Nicaragua Itinerary

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15 days in Nicaragua Itinerary

Start: Raleigh
Fly:  10​h 30​min
1
Managua
— 3 nights
Drive:  45​min
2
Granada
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
San Juan del Sur
— 4 nights
+2
bus + ferry + taxi:  1​h 15​min
4
Isla de Ometepe
— 3 nights
+2
taxi + ferry + bus:  3​h
5
Managua
— 1 night
Fly:  10​h 30​min
End: Raleigh


3
nights
Managua

Managua ©
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Volcan cerro negro and Playa de Pochomil. Change things up with these side-trips from Managua: Diriamba (Gaia Estate & Hervideros de San Jacinto) and Volcán Masaya National Park (in Masaya). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Puerto Salvador Allende, pause for some serene contemplation at Metropolitan Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, ponder the world of politics at Museum National Palace of the Culture, and look for gifts at Mercado Roberto Huembes.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Managua trip planner .

Raleigh, USA to Managua is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. Traveling from Raleigh to Managua, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In May, Managua is somewhat warmer than Raleigh - with highs of 94°F and lows of 76°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Granada.

Things to do in Managua

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Diriamba, Volcán Masaya National Park, Playa de Pochomil, Volcan cerro negro
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Volcan cerro negro ©
Volcan cerro negro
Playa de Pochomil ©
Playa de Pochomil
Mercado Roberto Huembes ©
Mercado Roberto Huembes

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.
Do your shopping at Soy Nica and Masaya Crafts Market. Get outdoors at Laguna de Apoyo and Islets of Granada. The adventure continues: examine the collection at ChocoMuseo, contemplate the geological forces at Mombacho Volcano National Preserve, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and admire the local landmark of Parque Colon de Granada.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Granada vacation planner .

Traveling by car from Managua to Granada takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 94°F, and evening lows to 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to drive to San Juan del Sur.

Things to do in Granada

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trip

Masaya
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Islets of Granada ©
Islets of Granada
Apoyo
Apoyo
Mombacho Volcano National Preserve ©
Mombacho Volcano National Preserve

4
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.
Get in touch with nature at San Juan del Sur Beach and Zipline. Go for a jaunt from San Juan del Sur to El Ostional to see O Parks, WildLife and Recreation about 38 minutes away. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at La Flor Beach Natural Reserve, stroll through Playa el Coco Vacation Rentals, make a trip to Mirador del Cristo de la Misericordia, and trek along Macua Tours & Travel.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the San Juan del Sur travel itinerary planner .

You can drive from Granada to San Juan del Sur in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in San Juan del Sur are 90°F, while nighttime lows are 79°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can take a bus to Isla de Ometepe.

Things to do in San Juan del Sur

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

O Parks, WildLife and Recreation
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San Juan del Sur Beach ©
San Juan del Sur Beach
La Flor Beach Natural Reserve ©
La Flor Beach Natural Reserve
Zipline

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 18th (Fri): kick back and relax at Punta Jesus Maria and then head off the coast to Isla Ometepe. On the next day, admire the local landmark of Ojo de Agua, then examine the collection at Museo Ometepe, then contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Charco Verde, and finally see the interesting displays at Museum El Ceibo.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Isla de Ometepe day trip planning app .

You can take a bus from San Juan del Sur to Isla de Ometepe in 1.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Isla de Ometepe are 90°F, while nighttime lows are 79°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Isla de Ometepe

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Punta Jesus Maria ©
Punta Jesus Maria
Isla Ometepe
Isla Ometepe
Laguna Charco Verde ©
Laguna Charco Verde

1
night
Managua

Managua
To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Managua trip itinerary site .

Traveling by bus from Isla de Ometepe to Managua takes 3 hours. You will leave for home on the 21st (Mon).

Things to do in Managua

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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