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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 Granada, Nicaragua 35 rooms from £66

    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 Availability
  • Casa Lucia Granada, Nicaragua (5 cuadras al oeste de la Flor Panamena) 5 rooms from £69

    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 Availability

See all » 3 hotels in San Juan del Sur

  • Rancho Chilamate San Juan del Sur 4 rooms from £108

    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 Availability
  • Aqua Wellness Resort San Juan del Sur (1 Redonda Bay Tola) 20 rooms from £161

    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 Availability

See all » 2 hotels in Popoyo

  • 99 Surf Lodge Popoyo 6 rooms from £78

    A fantastically minimalist and laid-back luxe hotel on the stunning surfing beach of Popoyo. Simple and elegant rooms allow the glass wall overlooking the beach to take centre stage, and it is some view!! The restaurant Taberna uses organic produce to create local delicacies with a modern twist.

    Beach Life  -  A chilled out beach-chic lodge on Popoyo, renowned the world over by surfers as one of the greats
    Value chic  -  A funky and fresh eco-friendly resort with laid back glamour and a very reasonable price tag
    Surfing  -  Popoyo is one of the best when it comes to surf, and the season goes all year
    Fishing  -  Book a local guide and head out fishing for the day
    Recommended by  -  Tablet
    Check Availability
  • Malibu Popoyo Popoyo (Playa Santana) 6 rooms from £112

    A seafront sustainable orchard is the setting for this eco-friendly surf hotel in Popoyo. Contemporary design blends with local culture in the hotel suites, which feature artisan tiles and glass walls showcasing native plants. Recentre yourself in the hotel yoga studio; a holistic retreat.

    Eco break  -  Boasting a sustainable orchard that supplies the kitchen's organic cuisine, this hotel is an eco-friendly beach getaway
    Active Holiday  -  With a prime location close to 10 world-class breaks, this hotel is a dream stay for surf fanatics
    Beach Life  -  Located on the beautiful coast of Popoyo, this hotel makes an idyllic beach break
    Surfing  -  Hire boards from the hotel and head out to explore some of the best waves in Central America
    Check Availability

See all » 1 hotel in Playa Santana

  • 99 Surf Lodge Popoyo 6 rooms from £78

    A fantastically minimalist and laid-back luxe hotel on the stunning surfing beach of Popoyo. Simple and elegant rooms allow the glass wall overlooking the beach to take centre stage, and it is some view!! The restaurant Taberna uses organic produce to create local delicacies with a modern twist.

    Beach Life  -  A chilled out beach-chic lodge on Popoyo, renowned the world over by surfers as one of the greats
    Value chic  -  A funky and fresh eco-friendly resort with laid back glamour and a very reasonable price tag
    Surfing  -  Popoyo is one of the best when it comes to surf, and the season goes all year
    Fishing  -  Book a local guide and head out fishing for the day
    Recommended by  -  Tablet
    Check Availability

See all » 1 hotel in Ometepe

  • Totoco Eco Lodge Isla de Ometepe 8 rooms from £66

    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 Availability

See all » 1 hotel in Managua

  • Elements Hotel Boutique Managua (contiguo a Plaza Cuba) 18 rooms from £125

    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 Availability

See all » 1 hotel in LIttle Corn Island

  • Yemaya Island Hideaway & Spa LIttle Corn Island 16 rooms from £74

    A picturesque palm fringed resort on the tiny Little Corn island. A laid back vibe prevails on the island's only luxury resort, offering elegant suites, hardwood floors and splashes of local art. The beachside restaurant offers seafood centric Mexican cuisine and the spa is absolutely fantastic.

    Total relaxation  -  With free daily yoga sessions and a wonderful spa that combines reiki, aromatherapy and massage to smooth out every knot
    Sights nearby  -  Guests are recommended to spend a day on the uninhabited island of Pearl Keys, pack a picnic and some snorkelling equipment
    Fishing  -  Head out deep-sea fishing to catch yellowtail and snapper, and the chefs will cook your catch in the local style
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool
    Recommended by  -  Small Luxury Hotels
    Check Availability

See all » Other hotels in Nicaragua

  • Calala Island Calala Island, Nicaragua 7 rooms from £1600

    Wake up to the sound of the sea at this luxury private island resort. Guest suites have traditional thatched roofs and floor-to-ceiling windows; step out through sliding doors directly onto your own beach terrace. Cool off in the seafront pool before island exploring; paradise found.

    Total relaxation  -  With acres of quiet, sandy beaches and a full-service spa, bar and restaurant onsite, this hotel offers guests total relaxation
    Romantic Break  -  Couples love the attentive service and tranquil ambience at this beach bolt-hole; book a couples' treatment at the holistic spa
    Beach Life  -  Set on a paradise-like island in Nicaragua, this hotel is a great choice for a luxury beach break
    Fishing  -  Try your hand at deep-sea fishing during your stay; hotel guides can help you to find the best spots
    Recommended by  -  Small Luxury Hotels
    Check Availability
  • Guacimo Lodge El Castillo de La Concepción, Nicaragua 7 rooms from £94

    This beautiful eco-lodge is nestled within a forest on the banks of Nicaragua's San Juan River. Guest bungalows sit on raised stilts on the riverbank with a wooden roof but no walls, allowing nature inside; the best have a terrace with river views. Start the day on the yoga deck; a unique bolt-hole.

    Eco break  -  The well-thought out sustainability policy at this lodge means you can enjoy your holiday knowing it won't cost the environment
    Local exploring  -  Set on the banks of the San Juan River, this hotel is the perfect base for local exploring in El Castillo de la Concepción
    Back to Nature  -  With accommodation that consists of bungalows in a riverside forest, this hotel makes an authentic back-to-nature retreat
    Kayaking  -  Explore the river from a unique vantage point on a kayaking trip; book an excursion through the hotel
    Check Availability

See all » 5 hotels in Granada, Nicaragua

  • La Gran Francia Hotel Granada, Nicaragua 35 rooms from £66

    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 Availability
  • Casa Lucia Granada, Nicaragua (5 cuadras al oeste de la Flor Panamena) 5 rooms from £69

    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 Availability

See all » 3 hotels in San Juan del Sur

  • Rancho Chilamate San Juan del Sur 4 rooms from £108

    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 Availability
  • Aqua Wellness Resort San Juan del Sur (1 Redonda Bay Tola) 20 rooms from £161

    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 Availability

See all » 2 hotels in Popoyo

  • 99 Surf Lodge Popoyo 6 rooms from £78

    A fantastically minimalist and laid-back luxe hotel on the stunning surfing beach of Popoyo. Simple and elegant rooms allow the glass wall overlooking the beach to take centre stage, and it is some view!! The restaurant Taberna uses organic produce to create local delicacies with a modern twist.

    Beach Life  -  A chilled out beach-chic lodge on Popoyo, renowned the world over by surfers as one of the greats
    Value chic  -  A funky and fresh eco-friendly resort with laid back glamour and a very reasonable price tag
    Surfing  -  Popoyo is one of the best when it comes to surf, and the season goes all year
    Fishing  -  Book a local guide and head out fishing for the day
    Recommended by  -  Tablet
    Check Availability
  • Malibu Popoyo Popoyo (Playa Santana) 6 rooms from £112

    A seafront sustainable orchard is the setting for this eco-friendly surf hotel in Popoyo. Contemporary design blends with local culture in the hotel suites, which feature artisan tiles and glass walls showcasing native plants. Recentre yourself in the hotel yoga studio; a holistic retreat.

    Eco break  -  Boasting a sustainable orchard that supplies the kitchen's organic cuisine, this hotel is an eco-friendly beach getaway
    Active Holiday  -  With a prime location close to 10 world-class breaks, this hotel is a dream stay for surf fanatics
    Beach Life  -  Located on the beautiful coast of Popoyo, this hotel makes an idyllic beach break
    Surfing  -  Hire boards from the hotel and head out to explore some of the best waves in Central America
    Check Availability

See all » 1 hotel in Playa Santana

  • 99 Surf Lodge Popoyo 6 rooms from £78

    A fantastically minimalist and laid-back luxe hotel on the stunning surfing beach of Popoyo. Simple and elegant rooms allow the glass wall overlooking the beach to take centre stage, and it is some view!! The restaurant Taberna uses organic produce to create local delicacies with a modern twist.

    Beach Life  -  A chilled out beach-chic lodge on Popoyo, renowned the world over by surfers as one of the greats
    Value chic  -  A funky and fresh eco-friendly resort with laid back glamour and a very reasonable price tag
    Surfing  -  Popoyo is one of the best when it comes to surf, and the season goes all year
    Fishing  -  Book a local guide and head out fishing for the day
    Recommended by  -  Tablet
    Check Availability

See all » 1 hotel in Ometepe

  • Totoco Eco Lodge Isla de Ometepe 8 rooms from £66

    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 Availability

See all » 1 hotel in Managua

  • Elements Hotel Boutique Managua (contiguo a Plaza Cuba) 18 rooms from £125

    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 Availability

See all » 1 hotel in LIttle Corn Island

  • Yemaya Island Hideaway & Spa LIttle Corn Island 16 rooms from £74

    A picturesque palm fringed resort on the tiny Little Corn island. A laid back vibe prevails on the island's only luxury resort, offering elegant suites, hardwood floors and splashes of local art. The beachside restaurant offers seafood centric Mexican cuisine and the spa is absolutely fantastic.

    Total relaxation  -  With free daily yoga sessions and a wonderful spa that combines reiki, aromatherapy and massage to smooth out every knot
    Sights nearby  -  Guests are recommended to spend a day on the uninhabited island of Pearl Keys, pack a picnic and some snorkelling equipment
    Fishing  -  Head out deep-sea fishing to catch yellowtail and snapper, and the chefs will cook your catch in the local style
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool
    Recommended by  -  Small Luxury Hotels
    Check Availability

See all » Other hotels in Nicaragua

  • Calala Island Calala Island, Nicaragua 7 rooms from £1600

    Wake up to the sound of the sea at this luxury private island resort. Guest suites have traditional thatched roofs and floor-to-ceiling windows; step out through sliding doors directly onto your own beach terrace. Cool off in the seafront pool before island exploring; paradise found.

    Total relaxation  -  With acres of quiet, sandy beaches and a full-service spa, bar and restaurant onsite, this hotel offers guests total relaxation
    Romantic Break  -  Couples love the attentive service and tranquil ambience at this beach bolt-hole; book a couples' treatment at the holistic spa
    Beach Life  -  Set on a paradise-like island in Nicaragua, this hotel is a great choice for a luxury beach break
    Fishing  -  Try your hand at deep-sea fishing during your stay; hotel guides can help you to find the best spots
    Recommended by  -  Small Luxury Hotels
    Check Availability
  • Guacimo Lodge El Castillo de La Concepción, Nicaragua 7 rooms from £94

    This beautiful eco-lodge is nestled within a forest on the banks of Nicaragua's San Juan River. Guest bungalows sit on raised stilts on the riverbank with a wooden roof but no walls, allowing nature inside; the best have a terrace with river views. Start the day on the yoga deck; a unique bolt-hole.

    Eco break  -  The well-thought out sustainability policy at this lodge means you can enjoy your holiday knowing it won't cost the environment
    Local exploring  -  Set on the banks of the San Juan River, this hotel is the perfect base for local exploring in El Castillo de la Concepción
    Back to Nature  -  With accommodation that consists of bungalows in a riverside forest, this hotel makes an authentic back-to-nature retreat
    Kayaking  -  Explore the river from a unique vantage point on a kayaking trip; book an excursion through the hotel
    Check Availability