Luxury Travel to Nicaragua: an Overview

We love Central America. Sorry for that little outburst, but it's true. What started with a crush on that classic destination Costa Rica is now a fully fledged fling with all that this region, from Guatemala to Panama, has to offer. Nicaragua is no exception and to go on holiday here is to explore a truly hidden gem.

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Why we think you’ll love it

  • Known as the "Land of the Lakes", Lago Cocibolca or Lake Nicaragua is the largest in Central America. Explore its Isletas by kayak, hike up its surrounding volcanoes or wander the cobbled streets of the country' former glorious capital, Granada.
  • Perched on the shores of Lake Nicaragua, Granada's battered colonialism and faded grandeur is in fact dazzling
  • Constant off shore winds ensure year round surfing in Nicaragua - however as it still remains a somewhat unexplored country; the beaches are not crowded and it's therefore a relatively calm surf destination - in a few years it's tipped to be a prime surf spot, so hurry up!

More on holidays to Nicaragua...

Close to 20% of the country's territory is set aside as protected areas, and like the rest of Central America the country contains a disproportionate percentage of the world's biodiversity. We can put together completely tailor made, personalised holiday itineraries to include all this and trips to see the historic colonial cities of Granada and León and the great beaches of the Pacific coast.

Did you know

  • Nicaragua's famous Lake Nicaragua covers an area of 8,264 sq km and is home to over 430 volcanic islands
  • One of the most common dishes is Nacatamales, cornflower dumplings boiled in plantain leaves, stuffed with vegetables
  • The only freshwater sharks in the world live in Lake Nicaragua
  • There are no street names in Nicaragua's address system


Original Highlight

It’s the largest country in Central America (Mexico is technically in North America), but the least visited which is a great shame as it has so much to offer; colonial cities, volcanoes, lakes, beaches and even rainforest.

Will, Original Traveller

A note on price

Although not a fully fledged luxury destination, Nicaragua is on the up, and it's a country we love. A two week holiday to Nicaragua, starts at approximately £3,000 per person including international flights. Many travellers choose to hop across the border to Costa Rica, or even venture slightly further afield to Panama. Learn more about our pricing

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Flight from London

10:30 hrs

Time Difference

GMT -6 hrs

Top picks for Nicaragua

 El Convento

El Convento

Granada, Leon & The Pacific Coast

In a central location next to San Francisco’s church (one of many, many in the city), Hotel El Convento was the first convent in Leon, and the bedrooms and corridors are filled with antiques that really enhance the traditional feel.

Where to stay

Morgan’s Rock Hacienda & Ecolodge

Morgan’s Rock Hacienda & Ecolodge

Granada, Leon & The Pacific Coast

The lodge forms one element of a 1,800-hectare estate that comprises a nature reserve, a reforestation area and a sustainable tree farming project.

Where to stay

La Gran Francia

La Gran Francia

Granada, Leon & The Pacific Coast

A small hotel with great character, located just off the main square of the historic colonial city of Granada.

Where to stay



Granada, Leon & The Pacific Coast

If Nicaragua is the next big thing in Central America (and we certainly think it is), then at the vanguard of the transformation is magical Mukul, a sleek boutique hotel set in 1,600 acres on one of the most beautiful beaches on the country’s Emerald Coast.

Where to stay

Jicaro Island Lodge

Jicaro Island Lodge

Granada, Leon & The Pacific Coast

Jicaro Island Lodge is located on eponymous and tiny Jicaro Island located at the Isletas of Granada, a 10 minute boat ride from Granada city.

Where to stay

Pineapples Nicaragua

Granada, Leon & The Pacific Coast


The colonial town of Granada is a must-see, sitting alongside the mighty Mombacho volcano and Lake Nicaragua.

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You have been so incredibly helpful and we are enormously grateful - definitely keeping your itinerary for future use and will be recommending you to others


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