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Along one beautiful coastline of Nicaragua runs the bright blue waters of the Caribbean, and on the other the crashing waves of the Pacific. And in between are some incredible volcanic landscapes, lush, hardly-explored forests, a history which reads like a novel and includes the construction of some beautiful colonial cities and towns, and some breathtakingly underdeveloped beaches. So choosing the best places to stay in Nicaragua is really about why you want to visit this mid South American beauty.

If you’re here for the history and drama of old Nicaragua, then the best places to stay are in elegant Granada, which is one of the country’s best preserved colonial towns. Or, if you prefer your history a little more dramatic, then vibrant, working-class León might be for you, with its revolutionary murals and architectural masterpieces now housing very work-a-day stores and offices.

If you’re here to surf then the Rivas are one of the best places to stay in Nicaragua. And if you’d rather snorkel, dive or muck around with boats then the Corn Islands will inthrall you. For fishing, mangrove swamps, thick jungles and tropical ports then the Caribbean coastline is for you. And if you’re looking for those perfect sandy, sunny, surfy beaches then it’s the Pacific coast to head for, where there’s only 4WD access to some outposts. And if you’re here for the coffee and or tobacco, then the best places to stay in Nicaragua are in the Northern Highlands.

But one of the best things about Nicaragua is how underdeveloped it is. It doesn’t take long for the tourist trail to ebb away and you’re on your own, exploring the wonderfully varied interior. Nicaragua has amazing mountains and volcanoes, volcanic lakes surrounded by barely-mapped jungles hiding pre-Columbian runs and old Spanish fortresses, there are wetlands, farms, acres of empty beaches and the attitude to visitors is generally very positive. So you’re after afforded a real insight into the culture, even when you’re not expecting it.

  • The Casa Lucia is a boutique hideaway with just five stylish rooms, a courtyard with a pool and tropical gardens. This is the perfect place to come to relax: a daily yoga class is included in the price of the room. Or if you want to explore Nicaragua’s natural assets - here you can hike volcanoes, go surfing or kayaking on nearby Lake Apoyo, a deep blue cater lake which maintains a year round temperature of 30 degrees.

Still not sure which is the best place to stay in Nicaragua for you? Browse though our list of all the best places to stay in Nicaragua, or contact one of our friendly Gurus for advice.

See all » 5 hotels in Granada, Nicaragua

  • La Gran Francia Hotel 35 rooms from $84

    Granada, Nicaragua

    A converted ancestral home in the centre of Granada. Colonial styled rooms feature dark antique furniture set against pastel hues. A central courtyard hosts a pretty pool to unwind by. Find two restaurants serving excellent continental dishes. The ideal base for city exploring.

    City Style  -  A chic colonial style property complete with courtyard pool and a renowned restaurant.
    Local markets  -  Wander to the Crafts Market and pick up some local artecrafts.
    Sights nearby  -  Just steps from the impressive Cathedral of Granada.
    Full of character
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  • Casa Lucia 5 rooms from $89

    Granada, Nicaragua (5 cuadras al oeste de la Flor Panamena)

    A boutique hideaway in central Granada where you'll find a daily yoga session included in your room rate! An intimate property with just five stylish rooms and suites, plus pretty courtyard with pool and tropical gardens. Loads to do from Volcano walks and surfing to practising your yoga moves!

    Yoga  -  A free yoga group session is included in the nightly rate and there is a yoga pavillion beside the pool
    Kayaking  -  On Lake Apoyo, a deep blue crater lake that maintains a year round temperature of about 30C
    House party feel  -  With just five rooms you can easily get to know your fellow guests
    Surfing  -  Learn to surf with the experts on NIcaragua's Pacific coast.
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See all » 3 hotels in San Juan del Sur

  • Rancho Chilamate 4 rooms from $139

    San Juan del Sur

    A traditional ranch with stunning views. Rooms are traditional in style with cast iron beds, uneven walls and French doors leading onto the veranda. Spend days riding horses in the great outdoors or simply curl up with a book by the pool. Meals are served in a laid-back 'family style'. Rural bliss.

    Riding  -  Take a long trek through the picturesque countryside and along beaches before resting for snacks and rum.
    Country Escape  -  Spend days in the great outdoors riding horses through the picturesque countryside.
    Surfing  -  El Yankee beach is well known for its waves.
    Remote  -  Off the beaten track.
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  • Aqua Wellness Resort 20 rooms from $206

    San Juan del Sur (1 Redonda Bay Tola)

    A boutique property tucked away amidst the rainforest. A collection of luxury tree houses provides a fun and comfortable stay plus the treetop vantage point allows for spectacular views. Find a host of water activities for day time fun whilst evenings are tranquil and romantic. Fabulous.

    Total relaxation  -  Set within the rainforest and next to a white sandy beach find utter tranquility and escapism.
    Sailing  -  Search for sea turtles, dolphins and whales on a relaxing boat trip.
    Surfing  -  The area is known as having the most consistent surf in the world.
    Secluded setting  -  For escaping.
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See all » 1 hotel in Ometepe

  • Totoco Eco Lodge 8 rooms from $85

    Isla de Ometepe

    A small eco-lodge boasting a spectacular position amidst the lush forest and overlooking a volcano. Rooms are natural in feel with thatched roofs, plenty of wood, crisp white linen and luxury bathrooms. Enjoy meals cooked with produce from the lodge's own farm. The perfect remote getaway.

    Eco break  -  An eco-lodge providing sustainable lodging and a number of programmes to benefit the planet and local community.
    Kayaking  -  Kayak on the Istian Wetlands and spot crocodiles, birds, monkeys and turtles.
    Views  -  The property boasts jaw-dropping views from its hillside location
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool
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See all » 1 hotel in Managua

  • Elements Hotel Boutique 18 rooms from $160

    Managua (contiguo a Plaza Cuba)

    A chic boutique property with easy access to central Managua. Smart rooms are light and airy with large contemporary artworks, luxurious bathrooms and sink-in-to beds. A terrace restaurant serves up sumptuous cuisine in romantic surrounds. A courtyard pool is the icing on the cake. Fabulous.

    Local exploring  -  A boutique hotel well located for accessing the city.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the impressive Old Cathedral of Managua.
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
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See all » 5 hotels in Granada, Nicaragua

  • La Gran Francia Hotel 35 rooms from $84

    Granada, Nicaragua

    A converted ancestral home in the centre of Granada. Colonial styled rooms feature dark antique furniture set against pastel hues. A central courtyard hosts a pretty pool to unwind by. Find two restaurants serving excellent continental dishes. The ideal base for city exploring.

    City Style  -  A chic colonial style property complete with courtyard pool and a renowned restaurant.
    Local markets  -  Wander to the Crafts Market and pick up some local artecrafts.
    Sights nearby  -  Just steps from the impressive Cathedral of Granada.
    Full of character
    Check prices
  • Casa Lucia 5 rooms from $89

    Granada, Nicaragua (5 cuadras al oeste de la Flor Panamena)

    A boutique hideaway in central Granada where you'll find a daily yoga session included in your room rate! An intimate property with just five stylish rooms and suites, plus pretty courtyard with pool and tropical gardens. Loads to do from Volcano walks and surfing to practising your yoga moves!

    Yoga  -  A free yoga group session is included in the nightly rate and there is a yoga pavillion beside the pool
    Kayaking  -  On Lake Apoyo, a deep blue crater lake that maintains a year round temperature of about 30C
    House party feel  -  With just five rooms you can easily get to know your fellow guests
    Surfing  -  Learn to surf with the experts on NIcaragua's Pacific coast.
    Check prices

See all » 3 hotels in San Juan del Sur

  • Rancho Chilamate 4 rooms from $139

    San Juan del Sur

    A traditional ranch with stunning views. Rooms are traditional in style with cast iron beds, uneven walls and French doors leading onto the veranda. Spend days riding horses in the great outdoors or simply curl up with a book by the pool. Meals are served in a laid-back 'family style'. Rural bliss.

    Riding  -  Take a long trek through the picturesque countryside and along beaches before resting for snacks and rum.
    Country Escape  -  Spend days in the great outdoors riding horses through the picturesque countryside.
    Surfing  -  El Yankee beach is well known for its waves.
    Remote  -  Off the beaten track.
    Check prices
  • Aqua Wellness Resort 20 rooms from $206

    San Juan del Sur (1 Redonda Bay Tola)

    A boutique property tucked away amidst the rainforest. A collection of luxury tree houses provides a fun and comfortable stay plus the treetop vantage point allows for spectacular views. Find a host of water activities for day time fun whilst evenings are tranquil and romantic. Fabulous.

    Total relaxation  -  Set within the rainforest and next to a white sandy beach find utter tranquility and escapism.
    Sailing  -  Search for sea turtles, dolphins and whales on a relaxing boat trip.
    Surfing  -  The area is known as having the most consistent surf in the world.
    Secluded setting  -  For escaping.
    Check prices

See all » 1 hotel in Ometepe

  • Totoco Eco Lodge 8 rooms from $85

    Isla de Ometepe

    A small eco-lodge boasting a spectacular position amidst the lush forest and overlooking a volcano. Rooms are natural in feel with thatched roofs, plenty of wood, crisp white linen and luxury bathrooms. Enjoy meals cooked with produce from the lodge's own farm. The perfect remote getaway.

    Eco break  -  An eco-lodge providing sustainable lodging and a number of programmes to benefit the planet and local community.
    Kayaking  -  Kayak on the Istian Wetlands and spot crocodiles, birds, monkeys and turtles.
    Views  -  The property boasts jaw-dropping views from its hillside location
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool
    Check prices

See all » 1 hotel in Managua

  • Elements Hotel Boutique 18 rooms from $160

    Managua (contiguo a Plaza Cuba)

    A chic boutique property with easy access to central Managua. Smart rooms are light and airy with large contemporary artworks, luxurious bathrooms and sink-in-to beds. A terrace restaurant serves up sumptuous cuisine in romantic surrounds. A courtyard pool is the icing on the cake. Fabulous.

    Local exploring  -  A boutique hotel well located for accessing the city.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the impressive Old Cathedral of Managua.
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
    Check prices