14 days in Nicaragua Itinerary

14 days in Nicaragua Itinerary

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— 3 nights
— 4 nights
San Juan del Sur
— 3 nights
Bus to San Jorge, Ferry to Isla de Ometepe
Isla de Ometepe
— 2 nights


Leon — 3 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.
Go for a jaunt from Leon to Las Penitas to see Juan Venado Island Nature Reserve about 38 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: get impressive views of Cerro Negro Volcano, examine the collection at Museo de Arte Fundacion Ortiz-Gurdian, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de la Asunción, and look for gifts at Artesania de Leon.

To see reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Leon trip builder website.

Playa del Carmen, Mexico to Leon is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. While traveling from Playa del Carmen, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Leon, ranging from highs of 38°C to lows of 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Granada.
Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites
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Granada — 4 nights

La Gran Sultana

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Granada: Masaya Volcano (in Masaya), Mirador de Catarina (in Catarina) and Apoyo (in La Laguna de Apoyo). There's much more to do: get impressive views of Mombacho, see the interesting displays at Centro Cultural Antiguo Convento San Francisco, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Granada, and look for gifts at Masaya Crafts Market.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Granada visit planning website.

Getting from Leon to Granada by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can go by car to San Juan del Sur.
Nature · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites
Side Trips
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San Juan del Sur — 3 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.
San Juan del Sur is known for adventure, beaches, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at San Juan del Sur Beach, soothe aching muscles at Pranamaya Yoga & Thai Massage Studio Playa Maderas, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and head outdoors with Costa Dulce Beach.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the San Juan del Sur vacation builder site.

Getting from Granada to San Juan del Sur by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in San Juan del Sur are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Isla de Ometepe.
Outdoors · Tours · Beaches · Parks
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Isla de Ometepe — 2 nights

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 4th (Wed): head off the coast to Isla Ometepe, contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Charco Verde, and then get in on the family fun at Chico Largo Adventure. On the 5th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the geological forces at Volcan Concepcion and then admire the local landmark of Ojo de Agua.

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

Do a combination of bus and ferry from San Juan del Sur to Isla de Ometepe in 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive back home.
Nature · Parks · Theme Parks
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Nicaragua travel guide

Churches · Volcanos · Specialty Museums
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.