8 days in Nicaragua Itinerary

8 days in Nicaragua Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Nicaragua trip planner
Make it your trip
— 2 nights
San Juan del Sur
— 1 night
Bus to San Jorge, Ferry to Isla de Ometepe
Isla de Ometepe
— 2 nights
— 2 nights


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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Granada: Apoyo (in La Laguna de Apoyo) and Masaya Volcano (in Masaya). There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de La Merced, examine the collection at ChocoMuseo Granada, step off the mainland to explore Islets of Granada, and don't miss a visit to Parque Colon de Granada.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Granada trip itinerary planning website.

Miami, USA to Granada is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Miami to Granada due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can go by car to San Juan del Sur.
Nature · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites
Side Trip
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San Juan del Sur — 1 night

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.
On the 22nd (Tue), make a trip to Mirador del Cristo de la Misericordia, enjoy the sand and surf at La Flor Beach Natural Reserve, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our San Juan del Sur trip maker 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 November, daytime highs in San Juan del Sur are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Isla de Ometepe.
Wildlife · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors
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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 23rd (Wed): step off the mainland to explore Isla Ometepe, then contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Charco Verde, and then get in on the family fun at Chico Largo Adventure. On the 24th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: ponder the design of Ojo de Agua and then see the interesting displays at Museo Ometepe.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Isla de Ometepe trip planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and ferry from San Juan del Sur to Isla de Ometepe takes 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to take a bus to Leon.
Nature · Parks · Theme Parks · Museums
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Fri): get impressive views of Telica Volcano, contemplate the geological forces at Cerro Negro Volcano, and then stop by Artesania de Leon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Sat): examine the collection at Museo de Arte Fundacion Ortiz-Gurdian and then pause for some serene contemplation at Church The Recollection.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Leon trip planner.

You can take a bus from Isla de Ometepe to Leon in 4.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Leon can reach 89°F, while at night they dip to 74°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight back home.
Nature · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites
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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.