21 days in Nicaragua Itinerary

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Fly
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Managua
— 1 night
Drive
2
Las Penitas
— 1 night
Drive
3
Leon
— 1 night
Drive
4
Granada
— 2 nights
Drive
5
San Juan del Sur
— 2 nights
Drive
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Granada
— 1 night
Fly
7
Bluefields
— 3 nights
Fly
8
Big Corn Island
— 3 nights
Fly
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Bluefields
— 4 nights
Drive
10
Managua
— 1 night
Drive

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Managua — 1 night

Bride of Xolotlan

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.
To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Managua itinerary planner.

Stockholm, Sweden to Managua is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 7 hours. On the 16th (Fri), you'll travel to Las Penitas.
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Las Penitas — 1 night

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Las Penitas day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Managua to Las Penitas takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. In December in Las Penitas, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 26°C at night. You will leave for Leon on the 17th (Sat).
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Leon — 1 night

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 17th (Sat), get engrossed in the history at Museum of Legends and Traditions (Museo de Tradiciones y Leyendas) and then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral-Basilica of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

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

Drive from Las Penitas to Leon in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Leon are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Granada.
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Historic Sites · Museums
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Granada — 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, make a trip to Parque Xalteva, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Apoyo. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the geological forces at Mombacho, then appreciate the history behind monument of Cordoba, then admire the landmark architecture of Tesoros de Nicaragua - Gourmet & Gift - Shop, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de La Merced.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Granada trip itinerary site.

Traveling by car from Leon to Granada takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. You will have some time to spend on the 20th (Tue) before leaving for 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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at San Juan del Sur Beach. Keep things going the next day: get outside with Outdoor Activities, don't miss a visit to Mirador del Cristo de la Misericordia, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our San Juan del Sur road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Granada to San Juan del Sur takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can 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. On the 22nd (Thu), you'll travel to Granada.
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Granada — 1 night

La Gran Sultana

To find maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Granada trip planner.

Traveling by car from San Juan del Sur to Granada takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. On the 23rd (Fri), you'll travel to Bluefields.
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Bluefields — 3 nights

Bluefields is the capital of the South Caribbean Autonomous Region (RACS) in Nicaragua. To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Bluefields trip planner.

You can fly from Granada to Bluefields in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In December, daily temperatures in Bluefields can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. On the 26th (Mon), you're off to Big Corn Island.
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Big Corn Island — 3 nights

The larger of the two islands, Big Corn Island offers a laid-back atmosphere and tropical island scenery.
Big Corn Island is known for wildlife, nature, and spas. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour and center your mind and body at Anahata Massage & Yoga.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Big Corn Island travel tool.

Traveling by flight from Bluefields to Big Corn Island takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In December, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 28°C. On the 29th (Thu), you'll travel to Bluefields.
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Bluefields — 4 nights

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Bluefields trip maker app.

You can fly from Big Corn Island to Bluefields in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. You'll set off for Managua on the 2nd (Mon).
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Managua — 1 night

Bride of Xolotlan

On the 3rd (Tue), make a trip to Puerto Salvador Allende.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Managua trip planning tool.

You can fly from Bluefields to Managua in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time for the car ride back home.
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Nicaragua travel guide

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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.
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