11 days in Nicaragua Itinerary
Fly to Augusto C. Sandino (Managua) International Airport, Drive to Leon
— 2 nights
San Juan del Sur
— 2 nights
Taxi to Bluefields, Fly to Big Corn Island
Big Corn Island
— 1 night
Little Corn Island
— 1 night
— 4 nights
Wed, Dec 28 - Sat, Jan 7
Leon — 2 nights
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.On the 29th (Thu), look for gifts at Artesania de Leon, contemplate the geological forces at Cerro Negro Volcano, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral-Basilica of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church The Recollection, then stroll through Juan Venado Island Nature Reserve, and then see the interesting displays at Museo de Arte Fundacion Ortiz-Gurdian.
To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Leon visit planner.
Reno, USA to Leon is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of flight and car. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Reno to Leon due to the time zone difference. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Reno in December; daily highs in Leon reach 91°F and lows reach 73°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can go by car to San Juan del Sur.
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San Juan del Sur — 2 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.Start off your visit on the 31st (Sat): make a trip to Mirador del Cristo de la Misericordia and then stroll through La Flor Beach Natural Reserve.
To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the San Juan del Sur trip itinerary maker website.
Traveling by car from Leon to San Juan del Sur takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Leon in December, you will find days in San Juan del Sur are little chillier (85°F), and nights are about the same (76°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Big Corn Island.
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Big Corn Island — 1 night
The larger of the two islands, Big Corn Island offers a laid-back atmosphere and tropical island scenery.Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): head off the coast to Nautilus Corn Island, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then relax and rejuvenate at Anahata Massage & Yoga.
To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Big Corn Island travel route planner.
Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from San Juan del Sur to Big Corn Island takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry; or fly. In January, daytime highs in Big Corn Island are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Little Corn Island.
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Little Corn Island — 1 night
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 3rd (Tue), get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.
To find photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Little Corn Island trip itinerary planning app.
Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Big Corn Island to Little Corn Island. In January, daytime highs in Little Corn Island are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 73°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Granada.
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Highlights from your trip
Granada — 4 nights
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.Get in touch with nature at Apoyo and Masaya Volcano. Next up on the itinerary: get impressive views of Mombacho, see some colorful creatures with Volcano Divers Nicaragua, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de La Merced.
To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Granada trip itinerary builder tool.
Fly from Little Corn Island to Granada in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Nicaragua travel guide
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.