Where to go

Nicaragua is the largest country in Central America but the least densely populated and least visited in the region. The country offers beautiful nature with active volcanoes, stunning lakes and lovely beaches.  Nicaragua is also full of history offering charming colonial cities with lovely historic buildings and churches.

Highlights of the country include:

  • The colonial cities of Granada and Leon with their grand churches and historical 16th century buildings.
  • Ometepe Island in the middle of Lake Nicaragua, the largest freshwater lake in Central America and home to the world’s only freshwater sharks.
  • Rio San Juan flowing from Lake Nicaragua into the Caribbean and surrounded by tropical rainforest with small villages along the river.
  • San Juan del Sur with its beautiful horseshoe bay on the Pacific coast, an important conservation nesting area for sea turtles.
  • The deserted white sand beaches on the Corn Islands off the Caribbean coast 

What to do

  • Stay in one of the charming colonial hotels in Granada, immerse yourself in history or simply unwind on the veranda and watch the world go by.
  • Spot wildlife in the Indio Maíz Biological Reserve on the banks of Rio San Juan. Among the animals inhabiting the reserve are jaguars, eagles, macaws and manatees.
  • Go surfing!  The warm waters of the southern Pacific coast of Nicaragua offer ideal condiitions for all levels of surfers 
  • Hike in the highlands of Masaya National Park
  • Get away from  it all on volcanic Ometepe Island on Lake Nicaragua.

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When to go

Nicaragua is a year-round destination with a hot, tropical climate.  The dry season runs predominantly from December to April although there tends to be more rain on the Caribbean coast and increased humidity in lowland regions.  It is worth remembering that during the wet season the rain tends to come in showers in the late afternoon and you will still have plenty of sunshine!  We particularly recommend travelling in December, just after the rainy season, when the Pacific coast is lush and green and not too hot. 

Currency and money

Córdoba (NIO).  ATMs are readily available in larger towns.  US Dollars are generally also accepted throughout the country except in small villages.


There is a wide variety of cuisine with restaurants and cafés serving modern international cuisine as well as Nicaraguan dishes with Creole and Spanish influences.  There is superb seafood on both the Pacific and Caribbean coast and an abundance of delicious and varied tropical fruits.


There is a good mix of international standard hotels in the cities as well as charming colonial style properties in peaceful settings as well as simple retreats and smaller locally-owned hotels.

Where to go next

A particularly nice combination is Nicaragua and Costa Rica as it is easy to transfer overland between the two countries.  TACA Airlines offer a superb service within Central America and other South American countries.  A Star Alliance member, TACA has a hub in San Salvador with speedy, convenient connections within Central America, making it easy to combine Nicaragua with other destinations in the region.


Saspo’s partner office in Nicaragua is Soltours Nicaragua. For further information please see their website at

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