Destination guide

Is Nicaragua on your travel radar?

Nicaragua, the largest country in Central America, might not be on your radar, but with a dramatic landscape of smoky volcanoes, steamy rainforests and postcard-perfect sandy beaches, it probably should be. Spanish conquistadors and buccaneers came to the land long ago and today travelers are reawakening to how extraordinary this country is. One day you could be hitting the Pacific surf, the next ambling through Spanish colonial towns. If you nab yourself one of the oceanfront Nicaragua vacation rentals, you could be swinging on a hammock over the turquoise waters, or diving below to find a colorful world of coral reefs and exotic fish.

Things to do

Step back in time in Nicaragua

You don't need to look hard to discover the country's fascinating past. If you've scored a Nicaragua vacation rental in sunny Granada, you'll find an air of sophistication, along with beautifully preserved Spanish colonial architecture, sunny plazas and a soaring yolk-colored cathedral. Down-at-heel Leon might feel a little grittier, but the crumbling facades of 18th-century homes make it just as charming, plus there's a vibrancy and authenticity here not found anywhere else. If you're heading north, be sure not to miss the cliff carvings in the Tisey Estanzuela Natural Reserve, the life's work of local Alberto Gutierrez Jiron.


Nicaragua might be laid back, but its activities aren't

This friendly country might feel laid-back, but if you've got an adrenaline itch that needs scratching, it's got you covered. This is a place to start ticking off those thrill-seeking experiences on your bucket list. From your Nicaragua vacation rental, you can surf down lava-strewn volcanoes, canyon down rocky tumbling cascades, or gallop through tropical forests. Not enough? How about diving to explore sunken shipwrecks, kayaking across mangroves passing lurking alligators, or reeling in powerful sailfish from charter fishing boats? If that doesn't get your heart pumping, we don't know what will.


Nicaragua isn't as busy at its neighbors

Nicaragua doesn't yet suffer from the crowds or resorts that you might find in neighboring Costa Rica. That said, the dry months between November and March are the busiest, particularly the festive season. September and November might be the greenest, not to mention cheapest, time to bag a Nicaragua vacation rental, but the rains can be a little overwhelming. If you don't mind the odd shower, for the best of both worlds, slip into the country between April and August, when the weather will be hot, the crowds will have thinned out and rental prices have taken a dip.

Natural features

Turtles, jaguars and sharks in Nicaragua

One of Nicaragua's biggest draws is the countless wildlife spotting opportunities. It's best known for the annual nesting of turtles, who haul themselves across the sand to lay their eggs. If you stay in a Nicaragua vacation rental at the right time, you shouldn't miss catching a glimpse. Sharks may have a fearsome reputation, but most are harmless. If you dive down into Lake Nicaragua, few things are as thrilling as watching the shadow of a freshwater bull shark darting past. The tropical forests are home to a whole new set of critters, including stealthy jaguars and the closely related pumas.

Can I find a vacation rental around Nicaragua?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 771 vacation rentals near Nicaragua. From 461 Houses to 93 Villas, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Nicaragua for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Nicaragua?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Nicaragua. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • San Juan del Sur: 328 vacation rentals
  • Rancho Santana: 98 vacation rentals
  • Granada: 100 vacation rentals
  • Hacienda Iguana: 82 vacation rentals
  • Pochomil: 26 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Nicaragua! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Nicaragua?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Nicaragua:

  • San Juan del Sur: 328 rentals
  • Granada: 100 rentals
  • Pochomil: 26 rentals
  • Playa Colorado: 177 rentals
  • Tola: 199 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Nicaragua?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Nicaragua are:

  • Tola (ECI-Costa Esmeralda): 434 vacation rentals
  • Managua International Airport (MGA): 77 vacation rentals
  • Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport (LIR): 909 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Nicaragua?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Nicaragua. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Montelimar Beach: 60 rentals
  • Playa Marsella: 451 rentals
  • Las Penitas Beach: 32 rentals
  • Nacascolo Beach: 448 rentals
  • San Juan del Sur Port: 425 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Nicaragua listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

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