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What should we do with 2 weeks in Nicaragua?

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What should we do with 2 weeks in Nicaragua?

We are a couple in our early 30's looking to spend two weeks in Nicaragua the end of January or early February. Last year we spent two weeks in Panama- hiking and checking out waterfalls in El Valle de Anton, beaching it and island exploring in Boca Chica and then drove across the Continental Divide (beautiful!), ditched our rental car and spent the end of our trip bumming around Bocas Del Toro. We had a great time and would love a similar experience. We like nature, the beach, and also a few restaurants/bars but not a party scene. I'd also like opinions on renting a truck and doing our own driving. I've done this in both Panama and Costa Rica and aside from a few rough spots/unpaved roads, no real issues. Roads similar in Nicaragua? Any and all thoughts welcome, and thanks!

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1. Re: What should we do with 2 weeks in Nicaragua?

Greetings Destene:

I think renting a vehicle can be good for people who don't want to be tied to one spot and dependent on others for getting around. The roads are generally good here in Nicaragua, at least the main highways are in much better shape then they were years ago. There are "Four Essential Nicaraguan Driving Tips" I wrote about on my blog that might help you decide:

elportonverde.com/2011/…

For your beach, decide if you want to take the time, effort and expense to get to Corn Islands. If you liked Bocas you probably would like it there too. If you don't have time to do that on this trip, consider a smaller beach town such as Playa Gigante, Tola, Rivas. Again, I have a blog post for that, off the beaten path surfing and fishing villages:)

elportonverde.com/2013/…

San Juan del Sur is a major party scene now and although you can avoid much of the raucousness, it probably isn't for you.

You might like going up to Matagalpa and/or Esteli to see some mountains and nice nature areas. If you want to jungle trek, consider the Rio San Juan area.

Lots of options, but not enough time on a two-week mission. Most folks for two weeks do the golden triangle of Granada, Ometepe, and San Juan del Sur. Ometepe Island is definitely a wonder of the world.

Cheers, Mike @ Farmstay El Porton Verde, Managua

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2. Re: What should we do with 2 weeks in Nicaragua?

Wonderful options! Thanks for taking the time to respond. I will begin my research with your recommendations. All the best to you.

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3. Re: What should we do with 2 weeks in Nicaragua?

Destene,

Definetely you can do lots in a 2 week period of time, i will first go to Leon, Granada, Ometepe, San Juan del Sur and Corn Islands. I will probably do as follows.

Managua - Leon

Leon

Leon,

Granada

Granada

Granada

Ometepe

Ometepe

San Juan del Sur

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Corn Island

Corn Island

Corn Island

Give or take a day to a destination

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4. Re: What should we do with 2 weeks in Nicaragua?

There is definitely lots to do in each destination, i think that you should compare how it will be for everything, renting a car and having someone drive you around.

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5. Re: What should we do with 2 weeks in Nicaragua?

We loved Leon especially the "revolutionary tour". Also loved Ometepe and stayed at La Omaja up in the hills away from the sand flies and with fantastic views and pool and lots of stuff to do around there including hiring a motorbike and touring the island. Granada was lovely also but watch out for the mozzies and dengue fever. If we had more time we would have gone to the Corn Islands.

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