based on 5 experiences
We went to Leon (be sure to go up to the roof of the cathedral) & Managua and it was all lovely. We only had a long Thanksgiving weekend, while living in Costa Rica, so skipped the volcano boarding and didn’t get to the beach. But we did go up Masaya at night which was simply amazing to stand at the brink of a live volcano. A baseball game in Leon will cost you a couple dollars & is worth it. If we had had time, we really wanted to go to Ometepe.
Ometepe for a few nights, if you want to party try and time your stay in Granada with the treehouse party on Friday nights. San Juan also for Sunday fun day! Popoyo was my favourite place in Nicaragua - surf and super chill vibes. Leon is also great, we stayed at a hostel called poco a poco which I found better facilities than Bigfoot but you still do the volcano boarding tour with them. Nicaragua was my fave country in Central America, can’t wait to go back!
Nicaraguan here! It really depends on what you enjoy. If you're looking for a beach holiday, then definitely choose San Juan del Sur over las peñitas. Don't stay in town unless you're looking to party, there are beautiful beaches around San Juan with great accommodation. Look at playa Maderas, Majagual, el Ostional, el Remanso. These are close enough to town so you can grab a bite or a drink but still go back to an incredible, secluded beach. Beaches in Tola are also beautiful (Popoyo, Gigante, Amarillo). If you're looking for a more cultural trip then I'd recommend hitting León and Granada, both colonial towns. Definitely stay as short as possible in Managua, not much to see here!
I stayed at Bigfoot hostel in Léon! They had day trips to the volcano and were super accommodating! The hostel was also nice, clean and fun. You should definitely go to San Juan Del Sur and visit all their beaches! Amazing locals and great surfing as well. I’d also recommend the corn islands.
Definitely do volcano boarding through Bigfoot hostel. They are basically the founders of the sport. Lake apoyo is worth a visit. You can do a day trip from Granada! three or so nights on Ometepe is also a must.
Yes, Nicaragua is generally safe for solo female travelers. However, it is important to exercise caution and be aware of your surroundings. As with any destination, it is best to avoid walking alone at night, and to be aware of your belongings.
Yes, Nicaragua is generally considered to be a safe destination for solo female travelers. However, it is important to exercise caution and be aware of your surroundings, as with any destination. It is also recommended to dress modestly and avoid walking alone at night.
No, Nicaragua is not expensive for solo travelers. The cost of living in Nicaragua is quite low, and there are plenty of budget-friendly accommodation options available. Additionally, food and transportation costs are also quite affordable.
Depending on your nationality, you may need to obtain a visa before traveling to Nicaragua. Check with your local Nicaraguan embassy or consulate to find out what the requirements are for your country.
Make sure you are up to date on all recommended vaccinations before traveling to Nicaragua. This includes vaccinations for hepatitis A, typhoid, and yellow fever.
The official currency of Nicaragua is the Cordoba. US dollars are widely accepted, but it is best to have some local currency on hand for smaller purchases.
Nicaragua is generally a safe country to visit, but it is important to be aware of your surroundings and take precautions to protect yourself and your belongings.
Spanish is the official language of Nicaragua, so it is helpful to learn some basic phrases before your trip. English is spoken in some tourist areas, but it is not widely spoken.
The best time to travel to Nicaragua is during the dry season, which runs from November to April. During this time, temperatures are mild and rainfall is minimal. The months of December and January are the most popular for tourists, as they offer the best combination of warm weather and low rainfall.