15 days in Nicaragua Itinerary

15 days in Nicaragua Itinerary

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15 days in Nicaragua Itinerary

New York City
Fly + shuttle:  12​h
Granada
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
San Juan del Sur
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
Isla de Ometepe
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
Little Corn Island
— 1 night
Fly + shuttle:  4​h 15​min
Leon
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  12​h 45​min
New York City

4
days
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.
ChocoMuseo and Centro Cultural Antiguo Convento San Francisco will appeal to museum buffs. Shop till you drop at Soy Nica and Masaya Crafts Market. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Granada: Laguna de Apoyo (in La Laguna de Apoyo) and Managua (Metropolitan Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Santiago of Managua Cathedral, & more). And it doesn't end there: step off the mainland to explore Islets of Granada, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de La Merced, ponder the design of Parque Colon de Granada, and get impressive views of Mombacho Volcano National Preserve.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Granada road trip planner .

New York City, USA to Granada is an approximately 12-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from New York City to Granada. Traveling from New York City in May, expect Granada to be much warmer, temps between 94°F and 76°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can go by car to San Juan del Sur.

Things to do in Granada

#Parks, #Nature, #Shopping

Side Trips

Managua, Masaya Crafts Market, Laguna de Apoyo
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Islets of Granada ©
Islets of Granada
ChocoMuseo ©
ChocoMuseo
Soy Nica ©
Soy Nica

2
days
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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at La Flor Beach Natural Reserve and then tour the pleasant surroundings at San Juan del Sur Beach. Keep things going the next day: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, then trek along Macua Tours & Travel, then get lost in a book at San Juan del Sur Library, and finally make a trip to Mirador del Cristo de la Misericordia.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our San Juan del Sur trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by car from Granada to San Juan del Sur takes 1.5 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 up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can catcht the bus to Isla de Ometepe.

Things to do in San Juan del Sur

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Wildlife
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San Juan del Sur Beach ©
San Juan del Sur Beach
La Flor Beach Natural Reserve ©
La Flor Beach Natural Reserve
Spas & Wellness

2
days
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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): head off the coast to Isla Ometepe and then ponder the design of Ojo de Agua. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along Laguna Charco Verde, then enjoy the sand and surf at Punta Jesus Maria, and then examine the collection at Museum El Ceibo.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Isla de Ometepe tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by bus from San Juan del Sur to Isla de Ometepe takes 1.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 90°F, and evening lows to 79°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Wed) to allow time for the flight to Little Corn Island.

Things to do in Isla de Ometepe

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors
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Isla Ometepe
Isla Ometepe
Punta Jesus Maria ©
Punta Jesus Maria
Museum El Ceibo ©
Museum El Ceibo

1
day
Little Corn Island

The smaller of two islands, Little Corn Island has become more popular than its larger neighbor, with international visitors seeing it as the more authentic, wilder, and more scenic landmass.
On the 17th (Thu), get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Little Corn Island road trip app .

Traveling by flight from Isla de Ometepe to Little Corn Island takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. In May, daily temperatures in Little Corn Island can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 78°F. On the 17th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Leon.

Things to do in Little Corn Island

#Adventure, #Outdoors, #Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling

3
days
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.
You'll explore and learn at Museo de Arte Fundacion Ortiz-Gurdian and Museum of Legends and Traditions (Museo de Tradiciones y Leyendas). When in Leon, make a side trip to see Juan Venado Island Nature Reserve in Las Penitas, approximately 50 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: get impressive views of Volcan cerro negro, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de la Asunción, examine the collection at Museo de la Revolucion, and stroll through Playa Las Penitas.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Leon online trip maker .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Little Corn Island to Leon in 4.5 hours. Traveling from Little Corn Island in May, you will find days in Leon are a bit warmer (92°F), and nights are about the same (78°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Leon

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trip

Juan Venado Island Nature Reserve
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Volcan cerro negro ©
Volcan cerro negro
Museo de Arte Fundacion Ortiz-Gurdian ©
Playa Las Penitas ©
Playa Las Penitas

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