Nicaragua Solo Travel Tips + 7 Amazing Places to Visit

Planning a Nicaragua solo travel trip? Solo female travel in Nicaragua is safe, and it’s one of my favorite destinations to visit in Central America. With affordable prices and world-class adventures, Nicaragua is a budget traveler’s dream destination.

Whether you want to climb a volcano, visit colonial cities or surf world-class waves – here are Nicaragua Solo Travel Tips and Bucket List Destinations.

Solo Female Travel in Nicaragua: Safety + Tips

Nicaragua is the fourth country I solo traveled to in Central America after Belize, Guatemala, and El Salvador. Although I never felt unsafe during my visit, you should always be aware of your surroundings.

To avoid overpaying, ask around before you hop on a bus or book a trip. It’s a good idea to have a ballpark idea of how much tours, taxis and bus fares really cost.

When backpacking in Nicaragua, never leave your stuff unattended, always be on alert and keep your phone and wallet tucked away. Always trust your gut, especially if you are traveling alone.

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Solo Travel to Nicaragua

During my visit, I sprained my ankle while I was traveling in Granada. Fortunately, because I had Travel Insurance, I didn’t hesitate to see a doctor and make sure I didn’t break any bones. The doctor told me I had to stay off my foot for a few weeks if I wanted it to heal quickly. Since I needed to rest, I booked a fantastic ocean view hostel in San Juan Del Sur. I’m so grateful for the incredible staff who looked after me. I also felt fortunate that I met some amazing people on this trip who are now some of my closest friends. Thank you, Hannah, Michelle, and Halie, for looking after me. I owe you!

Solo Travel in Nicaragua

The great thing about traveling in Central America is that most of the travelers you meet are on the same backpacking route.  Since you’re likely to meet people going to your same destinations, it’s super easy to find a travel buddy if you decide you don’t want to do this portion of the journey alone.

Related: How to Make Friends While Traveling Solo

Nicaragua Solo Travel

Nicaragua Overview

  • 6.3 million people live in Nicaragua.
  • The official currency is the Córdoba.
  • Capital – Managua
  • The rainy season is from May to October.
  • The dry season is November to April.  
  • To enter Nicaragua, you have to pay $10, plus an extra $2 if you are crossing the border by land.

Local Food

Gallo Pinto, a mix of rice and black beans, comes with almost every meal including breakfast and unlimited Flor de Cana happy hours exist in Nicaragua.

7 Amazing Things to do in Nicaragua on Your Solo Travel Trip

1. Laguna de Apoyo

Located near Granada and Masaya, this natural reserve crater lake is a great escape from the city. Paradiso Hostel offers day passes and shuttles for $14 that includes kayak rentals.

Nicaragua Solo Travel Tips

2. Travel to Granada, Nicaragua

Granada is a busy colonial city with stunning historical architecture.  It’s a small fee to visit the bell tower inside Iglesia La Merced, which was built in 1534. You can also take a boat trip through the 365 islets of Lake Nicaragua.

3. Surf and Party in San Juan Del Sur

The fishing village of San Juan del Sur is located on the southwest coast of Nicaragua. There are several beaches for surfing easily accessible by taxi from here.

If staying in TreeCasa Resort is not in your budget, stop by for a day visit and hang out at the pool at this tree house lounge. Shuttles are available from San Juan del Sur.

San Juan Del Sur is also where you’ll find the “Sunday Funday” party. It’s an all-day party at hostels with a final stop at a beach bar.

4. Volcano Boarding in Leon

Leon is a colonial town, and will likely be your first stop in Nicaragua if you are traveling by land from El Salvador or Honduras. The food and accommodations here are very cheap!

Just outside of Leon, you can go volcano boarding down, Cerro Negro. Tours provide clothing, goggles, and boards, and you’ll hike up a volcano so you can slide down. Keep in mind; it can get very windy here, and holding the thin board can be a bit challenging.  The $25 tour covers the National Park Entrance, gear, a drink, a tank top, and transportation there and back. It also includes a ride to and from Las Peñitas beach.

Central America Travel Tips

5. Relax at the beach at Las Peñitas

The waves can be a bit rough here, depending on the time of year, but it’s a nice place to enjoy the sunset. Come for the evening as part of the Volcano Boarding tour, or stay in one of the many beachfront accommodations.

6. Ometepe Island

Known for its twin volcanos, Ometepe is accessible by ferry. Rent a motorbike to explore the island or go horseback riding.

7. Corn Islands

Located off the Caribbean Coast of Nicaragua, you can access Little Corn and Big Corn Islands by plane or boat. Relax and enjoy crystal clear water that’s perfect for snorkeling or swimming.

Conclusion – Nicaragua Solo Travel

We hope you found this Nicaragua Solo Travel Guide helpful. If you have any questions about places to visit or things to do in Nicaragua, let us know in the comments.

Whether you want to climb a volcano, dance, and party with other travelers, or surf world-class waves, Nicaragua is the place to be.

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4 thoughts on “Nicaragua Solo Travel Tips + 7 Amazing Places to Visit”

  1. Aloha,

    What’s the best way to get from airport in Managua to San Juan del sur? The yoga retreat I’m going to wants 90$usd for a ride and I’m thinking that is probably steep and a rip off

  2. Hi Vanessa, with anything in life, you have to trust your gut. As a solo traveler, it’s important to be aware of your surroundings, and if something doesn’t feel right, trust your intuition. I love solo female travel, and I would do it again and again in a heartbeat.
    – Alex

  3. Thank you so much for this! I wanted to do solo traveling through Central America but I wasn’t sure how was it for a female solo traveller since the internet is not very reassuring. Thank you for sharing you experience and letting me know it is totally safe!

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