8 days in Nicaragua Itinerary

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


Isla de Ometepe — 3 nights

Isla de Ometepe may be small in size, but it boasts two large volcanoes that dominate its landscape and influence the local lifestyle.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like El Ceibo Museums and Rio Istian. Next up on the itinerary: get your bearings at Los Ramos, step off the mainland to explore Isla Ometepe, explore the activities along Laguna Charco Verde, and kick back and relax at Punta Jesus Maria.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Isla de Ometepe day trip planning site.

Managua to Isla de Ometepe is an approximately 5-hour combination of bus and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to travel to San Juan del Sur.
Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors
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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 4th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at San Juan del Sur Beach and then cast your line with a fishing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Mirador del Cristo de la Misericordia, deepen your understanding of the past and present with Macua Tours, and then kick back and relax at La Flor Beach Natural Reserve.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the San Juan del Sur online route builder.

Traveling by combination of ferry and bus from Isla de Ometepe to San Juan del Sur takes 3 hours. In July, daytime highs in San Juan del Sur are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Granada.
Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches · Parks
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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Guadalupe Church and Tesoros de Nicaragua - Gourmet & Gift - Shop. Get out of town with these interesting Granada side-trips: Apoyo (in La Laguna de Apoyo) and Mirador de Catarina (in Catarina). There's still lots to do: get impressive views of Mombacho, examine the collection at ChocoMuseo Granada, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Merced, and head off the coast to Islets of Granada.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Granada online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from San Juan del Sur to Granada in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. On the 8th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive back home.
Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums
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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.