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Destinations in Nicaragua

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Regions in Nicaragua

  • Capital Region
    The most populous region of Nicaragua, centred on the capital Managua and including the Pueblos Blancos.
  • Caribbean Nicaragua
    Here you travel mainly by boat and the rich mix of Nicaraguan, Caribbean, Miskito and Garifuna cultures makes this region seem like another country.
  • Northern Highlands
    Visit cigar factories, take a canyon tour or see how coffee is grown in a region full of remnants of the revolution.
  • North Pacific Coast
    Located at the collision point of two tectonic plates, this region has some of the highest volcanic activity on the planet and is home to two national icons: Flor de Caña Rum and the poet Rubén Darío.
  • Rio San Juan Region
    An almost forgotten part of the country, with hidden treasures such as the islands of Solentiname or El Castillo, accessible by car, and the gateway to the pristine rainforest of the Indio Maiz Reserve.
  • South Pacific Coast
    A narrow strip of land bordered by the Pacific Ocean and Lago Nicaragua. Surf remote spots along the coast, party in San Juan del Sur or ride a motorbike around the iconic Isla de Ometepe.

Cities in Nicaragua

  • Managua – The capital, which was destroyed by an earthquake in 1972 and was notorious for its blandness, is slowly regaining its nobility.
  • Granada (Nicaragua) – colonial beauty, favourite of expatriates.
  • León (Nicaragua) – the old rival of Granada, famous for its students, its left-wing politics and its cathedral.
  • Masaya – a charming “suburb” of Managua with an artisan market and easy access to the Pueblos Blancos.
  • Bluefields – the largest city on the Caribbean coast and the main centre of travel.
  • San Carlos (Nicaragua) – Gateway to the Rio San Juan Region
  • Estelí – drink coffee where it is grown and use the town as a starting point for various excursions, including to Somoto Canyon.
  • San Juan del Sur – surfer town, party mecca and anchorage for cruises around the Pacific.
  • Jinotega – “The Capital of Coffee”, a city in the north of the country, with the Cathedral of San Juan, the Peña de la Cruz and Lago Apanás.

Other destinations in Nicaragua

  • Big Corn Island – Caribbean island with diving, relaxation and fishing.
  • Little Corn Island – Caribbean island with diving, relaxation and fishing. The more popular of the two Corn Islands.
  • Isla de Ometepe – Island in the shadow of two volcanoes
  • Somoto – home of the spectacular Somoto Canyon.
  • El Castillo – a Spanish fortress on the Rio San Juan and a good entry point into the nearby jungle.
  • Laguna de Apoyo – nature reserve with black sand beaches
  • Pearl Lagoon – Caribbean city with a relaxed atmosphere
  • Solentiname Islands – a group of islands in Lake Nicaragua, famous for their naïve paintings and balsa wood figures.
  • Masaya Volcano

How To Travel To Nicaragua

By air You will most likely arrive at Augusto C Sandino Airport in Managua (IATA: MGA). Flights from the USA arrive from Houston, Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Atlanta. Managua is served by American Airlines, United, Avianca, Delta, Spirit, Aeroméxico and Nature Air (from SJO), among others. In addition to domestic...

How To Travel Around Nicaragua

By bus The bus is undoubtedly the main way to get around Nicaragua and a great way to discover the country's geography, its people and even some of its culture (music, food, clothing, manners). Most of the buses are old, decommissioned (but often fantastically repainted and redecorated) yellow American school...

Visa & Passport Requirements for Nicaragua

Citizens of the following countries/territories can enter Nicaragua without a visa: Andorra, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bahrain, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Falkland Islands, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Holy See, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan,...

Weather & Climate in Nicaragua

The temperature is mainly influenced by the altitude. On the Pacific side there is a distinct dry season (November-April, locally called "verano") and a rainy season (locally called "invierno"), but the further east you go, the longer the rainy season and the wetter the dry season. The torrential downpours...

Accommodation & Hotels in Nicaragua

Accommodation is generally quite cheap in Nicaragua. Options range from simple hammocks ($2-3 USD) to dormitories in hostels ($5-9 USD) to private twin rooms ("matrimonials") ($10-35 USD, depending on whether you have a TV, air conditioning and your own shower and toilet). You will probably only find real luxury...

Things To See in Nicaragua

Nicaraguans like to call their country the land of lakes and volcanoes. The most notable volcanoes include: Volcán Concepción and Maderas on OmetepeVolcán Mombacho near GranadaVolcán Masaya near Masaya. If it is not considered too dangerous, you can drive up.The Cosigüina volcano, which was one of the highest in the...

Things To Do in Nicaragua

There are endless things to do in Nicaragua, but some of the most overlooked are the fiestas patronales, or festivals of the saints, which take place almost every day in some town or village in the country. Participating in the patronal festivals is a great way to experience Nicaraguan...

Food & Drinks in Nicaragua

Food in Nicaragua Nicaraguan food is very cheap by Western standards. A plate of street food costs between 30 and 70 cordobas. A typical dinner consists of meat, rice, beans, salad (e.g. coleslaw) and some fried plantains and costs less than 3 USD. Buffet-style restaurants/eateries called "fritanga" are very common,...

Money & Shopping in Nicaragua

Currency If you are entering Nicaragua by land, get rid of your Honduran lempiras and Costa Rican colones, as they are difficult to exchange far from the border. The national currency is called córdoba oro (NIO, locally abbreviated C$), also known locally as peso, simply "cordoba" or vara(s), among other terms....

Festivals & Holidays in Nicaragua

DateEnglish nameComments1 JanuaryNew Year's DayMany Nicaraguans celebrate New Year's Day by the pool.1 FebruaryAir Force DayHeld on 1 February in honour of the country's air force.13 AprilMaundy ThursdayCelebrated nationwide on the first Thursday in April.1 MayLabour DayCelebrated nationwide on 1 May.27 MayArmy DayHeld on 27 May in honour of...

Traditions & Customs in Nicaragua

In Nicaraguan Spanish, a distinction is made between the "formal" you and the "informal" you. The formal form ("usted" for one person, "ustedes" for several people) is used with foreigners, older people and people of high rank. The informal form ("tu" or "vos" for one person; "vosotros" for several...

Language & Phrasebook in Nicaragua

Spanish is the official language in Nicaragua. Don't expect to find much English outside the larger, more expensive hotels. Creole English (think Jamaican patois to get a feel for it) and indigenous languages are spoken along the Caribbean coast and in the interior of the remote Bosawas National Park...

Culture Of Nicaragua

Nicaraguan culture has strong folkloric, musical and religious traditions that are strongly influenced by European culture, but also include indigenous sounds and flavours. Nicaraguan culture can also be defined into several distinct strands. The Pacific coast has strong folklore, music and religious traditions that were heavily influenced by Europeans....

History Of Nicaragua

Ancient history Although Christopher Columbus (known in Spanish as Cristobal Colón) landed in the north-east of Nicaragua on one of his voyages, it was the western half of the country that first attracted the attention of the Spanish. The conquistadors devastated most indigenous cultures through war, assimilation, enslavement, disease and...

Stay Safe & Healthy in Nicaragua

Stay Safe in Nicaragua Nicaragua has made considerable progress in terms of police presence and order throughout the country. Crime is relatively low. However, starting in 2008, reports of low-level gang violence began to come from Honduras and El Salvador. The Nicaraguan National Police have been successful in arresting gang...

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