Considered one of the safest countries in the region Nicaragua is an up and coming force, attracting an ever greater number of travellers each year. Visitors are enticed by a number of different vices, from seductive colonial settings, big beach breaks and a wealth of stunning natural landscapes. Cities such as Granada, feature colourful colonial architecture, picturesque streets, and a rich history dating back to the 16th century. Visitors can also explore charming markets, stunning churches, and vibrant nightlife.

Nature lovers are spoilt for choice, with options including the stunning beaches of San Juan del Sur, the beautiful colonial town of Leon, and the majestic Masaya Volcano, which is one of the few active volcanoes in the world where visitors can drive to the rim. Finally, visitors can immerse themselves in the country’s culture by taking in festivals, traditional music and dance performances. Or visiting indigenous communities such as the Miskito people on the remote Caribbean coast.

Top Recommendations

  • Moonrise over the cathedral in colonial Granada
  • The sapphire waters of Laguna de Apoyo
  • Ride the waves in the laid-back surfer haven of San Juan del Sur
  • Dive with hammerheads and eagle rays off Little Corn Island
  • One island, two volcanoes on the biggest lake in Central America, Isla de Ometepe
  • Relax on the white sandy beaches of the Peal Keys

When to Visit

The best time to visit Nicaragua is during the dry season, which runs from November to April. During this time, visitors can expect warm and dry weather, ideal for exploring the country’s beautiful landscapes and historic sites. The rainy season, which runs from May to October, can still be a good time to visit as the rain often comes in short bursts in the afternoon and the landscape is lush and green. However, visitors should be aware that hurricanes and tropical storms are more likely during this time, particularly on the Caribbean coast.

Average monthly high and low temperatures, plus average monthly rainfall and days with rain can be seen below for Managua.