The Best of Nicaragua – Central America

Barrels in Playa Maderas

Nicaragua, set between the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, is a Central American nation known for its dramatic terrain of lakes, volcanoes and beaches. These photos highlight the best of Nicaragua, my favourite destination in Central America.

San Juan Del Sur 

San Juan Del Sur is a small coastal town on the Pacific Coast of Nicaragua. San Juan Del Sur is the hub for exploration of Nicaragua’s toned and tanned southern beaches. While San Juan Del Sur itself doesn’t have an amazing beach or great surf, you can easily get shuttles either 30 minutes North or South to find waves. San Juan Del Sur is the best location for restaurants and nightlife and is home to Central America’s biggest party, Sunday Funday, that attracts hundreds of foreign travellers each week. See my San Juan Del Sur Destination Guide here

The best of Nicaragua
The best of Nicaragua
The best of Nicaragua

Check out my Backpackers Guide to San Juan Del Sur

Isla De Ometepe

Isla De Ometepe is an island on Lake Nicaragua. The Island of Ometepe is set on two volcanoes, Concepción and Maderas, which are joined by a low isthmus to form one island in the shape of an hourglass. The volcanos are popular for hiking and bird watching. Isla De Ometepe is still reasonably undeveloped so don’t expect too many luxuries, instead prepare for a true Nicaraguan experience. Check out my Isla De Ometepe Destination Guide here

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Concepcion Volcano at sunset Isla de ometepe
The best of Nicaragua
The best of Nicaragua

Check out my Isla De Ometepe Destination Guide here…


Granada has a rich colonial heritage, seen in its architecture and structure.  The colourful streets are filled with history, churches, cathedrals, museums, markets and a vibrant atmosphere. Granada is historically one of Nicaragua’s most important cities. Check out my Granada Destination Guide here

The best of Nicaragua
The best of Nicaragua
The best of Nicaragua

Check out my  Backpackers Guide to Granada 

Lake Apoyo

Apoyo Lagoon was one of my favourite destinations in Nicaragua. Although there isn’t a great lot to do, it is the perfect location to spend a few days relaxing. Apoyo Lagoon is a nature reserve located between Granada and Masaya. The lake is in a crater formed from a volcano eruption more than 20,000 years ago. Apoyo lagoon is the clearest lake in the region, as well as the deepest geological point in Central America. The glistening deep blue Crater Lake is the perfect location to swim, dive, sail, paddle or relax. See my Lake Apoyo Destination Guide here 

The best of Nicaragua
The best of Nicaragua

Check out my Lake Apoyo Destination Guide here…

Masaya Volcano

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Get Travel Insurance for Nicaragua

Travel insurance is a necessity when backpacking to Nicaragua.  I recommend World Nomads.  If you are still unsure if you should buy travel insurance or not, read this. 

Safety in Nicaragua

You should always be exercising safety precautions in Nicaragua:

  • Avoid flashing your valuables
  • Keep an eye on your belongings at all times
  • Lock your belongings in the hotel safe
  • Remain aware of your surrounding
  • Avoid unknown streets at night
  • Don’t drink too much

See more tips for keeping safe when travelling. 

Language in Nicaragua

The official language in Nicaragua is Spanish. Limited locals will speak English.

Vaccinations for Nicaragua

Check the Travel Doctor website to find out what vaccinations you need when backpacking to Nicaragua. If you have any further questions regarding vaccinations required for Nicaragua, I recommend consulting a doctor.

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