Reserva Charco Verde. Photo © Elizabeth Perkins.

Where to Go in Nicaragua

Unless you have a few weeks to dedicate to your travels, it’s impossible to see everything Nicaragua has to offer–even then, you’d have a tight schedule. The best way to tackle the country is to learn about each region, then plan according to your interests and favorite activities. From vibrant nightlife to exploring history to outdoor adventures, Nicaragua won’t disappoint.

Moon Nicaragua, 6th ed.

Moon Nicaragua

This full-color guide to Nicaragua includes vibrant photos and maps to help with trip planning. Nicaragua expert Elizabeth Perkins teaches travelers how to best experience the wonders of this Central American destination, from hanging out on the Pacific beaches of San Juan del Sur and shopping for crafts in Masaya to partaking in the ever-evolving […]

A bicycle parked on the street in front of a stucco building.

Boating, Swimming, and Bicycling in Granada

If you start early before it gets too hot, a bike ride down the Peninsula de Asese can be excellent, and getting out on the water is another fun option. Author Amber Dobrzensky shares a few ways to enjoy this beautiful corner of Nicaragua.

Dust rises as a man perches on the roof of a chicken bus with the view of the volcano in the distance.

The Best of Nicaragua in Two Weeks

Like other countries in the region, Nicaragua has a popular, carved-out tourist route based on its principal, most-developed attractions. Nicaragua’s beaten path is made up of the Granada–Ometepe–San Juan del Sur circuit, which can be done in about one week; save another week for tackling the northwestern lowlands and a third week for the Atlantic coast or Río San Juan. This helpful itinerary will get you on your way.

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Moon Spotlight Granada & San Juan del Sur

Moon Spotlight Granada & San Juan del Sur is a 101-page compact guide that combines Nicaragua’s best culture and history with outdoor recreation. Nicaragua expert Amber Dobrzensky offers her firsthand advice on must-see attractions, as well as maps with sightseeing highlights, so you can make the most of your time. This lightweight guide is packed […]

Trees dot a courtyard running between colorful buildings with a yellow, colonial style church rising a block away.

The Colonial Charm of Granada, Nicaragua

Arguably Nicaragua’s most picturesque town, Granada is an easy place to love. If the large businesses and the international airport aren’t keeping you in Managua, Granada is a handsome alternative hub for travel within the country.