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Nicaragua is a fascinating Central American country with coastal beauty, pre-Columbian history and numerous outdoor activities. Enjoy the contrasts of two exciting coasts along the Caribbean Sea and Pacific Ocean.
León in the north has museums, cathedrals and an exciting nightlife. Find art of Latin American masters in the Museo de Arte Fundación Ortiz-Gurdián. East of town, climb the active Cerro Negro Volcano and sandboard down its black slopes.
Travel to Managua, the capital, to admire the National Palace (Palacio Nacional), an impressive building that miraculously survived a devastating 1972 earthquake. See theater, ballet or a festival in the Rubén Darío National Theater nearby. Just north of the city, the Museum of Acahualinca features human footprints trapped in volcanic mud that’s thousands of years old.
In Granada, climb to the top of the bell tower of Iglesia de la Merced (Church of Mercy), an ancient worn-looking church with a beautiful interior. Gaze across the city to see another colonial treasure, Granada Cathedral (Catedral de Granada). Explore the waterfront, drive into the cloud forest at the top of Mombacho Volcano and kayak around islets in Lake Nicaragua.
Visit the farmers markets of Estelí. See a remote waterfall and take a unique tour in this region of cigar factories.
Along the southwestern coast, enjoy the beaches of San Juan del Sur, where you can sunbathe or ride a horse. The surf scene here includes great wave conditions and an exciting nightlife. Find more surfing near Chinandega, farther north along the Pacific Ocean.
The two Corn Islands 43 miles (69 kilometers) off Nicaragua’s eastern Mosquito Coast in the Caribbean Sea offer excellent snorkeling and diving. Swim along the living coral reef among rays, dolphins and schools of colorful fish. On the mainland, enjoy sunrises and seafood in Bluefields and see the turtle hatcheries near the Pearl Lagoon.
Visit Nicaragua for Spanish language immersion while you enjoy attractions and activities. Check the U.S. State Department Nicaragua travel pages for any specific concerns before your travels.
Situated in Managua, this hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Multicentro Las Americas Shopping Center, Carlos Roberto Huembes Market, and National Palace. Trabajador Nicaraguense Monument and Managua Cultural Center are also within 9 mi (15 km).
Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Multicentro Las Americas Shopping Center, Carlos Roberto Huembes Market, and National Palace. Trabajador Nicaraguense Monument and Managua Cultural Center are also within 9 mi (15 km).
Located in Playa La Redonda, this beachfront resort is next to a golf course, 0.6 mi (1 km) from Gigante Beach, and within 20 mi (32 km) of Escondido Beach and Anthropology Museum. San Pedro Parish and Yamil Rios Stadium are also within 20 mi (32 km).
Located in the heart of San Juan del Sur, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Church of Saint John the Baptist, San Juan del Sur Beach, and Petroglyph. Old Lighthouse Trail and San Juan del Sur Port are also within 15 minutes.
This family-friendly Manzanillo vacation home is located near the airport, 4 mi (6.5 km) from Gigante Beach, and within 20 mi (32 km) of Escondido Beach and Maderas Beach. Anthropology Museum and San Pedro Parish are also within 20 mi (32 km).
This family-friendly Granada bed & breakfast is located in the historical district, just steps from San Francisco Convent and Cultural Center and Convento San Francisco Plaza. Mi Museo Granada Collection and Mansion de Chocolate Museum are also within 5 minutes.
Situated in the business district, this hotel is 3.1 mi (4.9 km) from Galerias Santo Domingo Shopping Center and within 6 mi (10 km) of National Zoo and Metrocentro. Masaya Volcano National Park is 11 mi (17.6 km) away.
Nestled on the beach, this Playa Colorado condo resort is 6.3 mi (10.2 km) from Gigante Beach and 9.1 mi (14.6 km) from Escondido Beach. Chacocente Beach and Anthropology Museum are also within 20 mi (32 km).