Is Nicaragua Worth Visiting?

Nicaragua, set amidst the heart of Central America, boldly showcases a blend of illustrious landscapes, fascinating history, and vibrant culture that attracts travelers from all corners of the globe. This exquisite country boasts its stark active volcanoes, some of which are part of the legendary Pacific Ring of Fire, pristine lakes such as the colossal Lake Nicaragua, rich biodiversity in nature reserves like Indio Maíz, and splendid colonial architecture in cities like Granada and León. Known for its unique tradition of 'La Purrísima,' a festival dedicated to the Virgin Mary, its world-class rum, Flor de Caña, and its artisan crafts marketplaces, Nicaragua presents a captivating combination of natural beauty, vivacious festivities, and warm hospitality.

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Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 14 experiences

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Things to do

4.8/5

Safety

4.5/5

Food

4.8/5

Budget-friendly

4/5

Solo travel experience

Nicaragua is my favorite country in Central America. I felt very safe there all the time (I was traveling alone) and I used buses for locals, it was an extraordinary adventure. Ometepe is my favorite place.

Posted: December 25, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 4/5
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Nicaragua is an incredible country. I felt safe there while traveling, maybe just a little less in the city of Granada, but it's nothing to worry about, just a bit of aggressive whistling. The nature is beautiful, and the people are exceptionally friendly and kind. I particularly loved the island of Ometepe and the Apoyo Lagoon.

Posted: September 19, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 4/5
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I spent 5 weeks alone in Nicaragua, having no other means of transport than the chicken bus and walking. Not once did I feel in danger. In fact, all the time I only encountered friendly and sincere offers of help, and that's one of the main reasons why I loved this country. Of course, I never did anything I wouldn't do at home, like walking alone at night, being drunk and unaware of my surroundings, or getting myself into dangerous situations.

Posted: September 15, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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I traveled alone as a woman and felt quite safe. Walking the streets was uncomfortable, as gentlemen usually shouted comments. I took buses (during the day) and did not go out / did not drink at night.

Posted: September 15, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 4/5
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I was here alone as a single woman for 5 weeks before my partner arrived. I traveled by bus by myself. I walked alone in San Juan del Sur and Rivas and felt absolutely safe. Everyone was incredibly kind and helpful.

Posted: September 12, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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I was in Nicaragua alone as a woman traveling with a backpack and I felt safe, but I did not go out at night nor did I party/drink. People were understanding and respectful.

Posted: September 11, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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I felt safe traveling alone in Nicaragua for 2 weeks. The whistling on the streets was intense, but other than that, I felt safe. I was cautious at night. Locals were mostly very nice and I had amazing conversations. Overall, I highly recommended Nicaragua for solo travels.

Posted: September 8, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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About a year ago, I went on a two-week backpacking trip and had a great time. I never felt in danger and met very friendly people.

Posted: September 6, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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I travelled alone through Nicaragua and I consider this place very safe, but I found the persistent hassling rather intense, even by Latin standards. Especially in the north of the country.

Posted: September 5, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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Nicaraguan here! Everything really depends on what pleases you. If you're looking for a beach holiday, definitely choose San Juan del Sur over Las Peñitas. Don't stay in the city unless you're looking for a party, there are beautiful beaches around San Juan with excellent accommodation. Check out Playa Maderas, Majagual, El Ostional, El Remanso. They are close enough to the city that you can grab a bite or drink and then return to an amazing, secluded beach. The beaches in Tola are also beautiful (Popoyo, Gigante, Amarillo). If you're looking for a more cultural trip, I would recommend León and Granada, both are colonial cities. Definitely spend as little time as possible in Managua, there isn't much to see here!

Posted: November 6, 2022
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 4/5Safety: 5/5
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Diana

Diana

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Hola! Me gusta mucho hacer amistad, intercambiar ideas, conocer culturas nuevas. Me gusta la gente alegre, honesta, integra, culta y educada. Busco amistades con valores e intereses en común.

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Diana

Diana

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2 days

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Hola! Me gusta mucho hacer amistad, intercambiar ideas, conocer culturas nuevas. Me gusta la gente alegre, honesta, integra, culta y educada. Busco amistades con valores e intereses en común.

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Chrissy

Chrissy

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Hello I’m Chrissy and I work in Veterinary Medicine I’m a nurse. On my free time I enjoy traveling and amusement parks.

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Kristina

Kristina

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Hi :) would like to explore the area, grab something to eat or join for a yoga class?

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