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Nicaragua Travel Guide

Tucked away in Central America, Nicaragua is blessed with an abundance of pristine beaches, dramatic volcanic landscapes, and stunning natural wonders for travellers to get lost amongst. You might be craving outdoor adventures or have your sights set on the colonial architecture. Regardless of your travel plans, there is an adventure for everyone. It’s time to awaken your senses in Nicaragua. 

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The Basics

When to Visit

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  1. Peak Season

    December to April

    Nicaragua has two distinct seasons: summer and winter, with the summer being incredibly hot and dry and this is known to be the high season from December through April. As one might expect, the high season is usually regarded as the best time to visit. Average temperatures during this time reach 32°C in most parts of the country and rarely fall below 21°C. Travellers should be wary of the mini-peaks that occur during Christmas, New Year and Easter in addition to the usual peak season. This is when locals head to the beach and hotels are at maximum capacity, so it is best to book ahead where possible.

  2. Low Season

    May to October

    There’s no denying that the months of May to October are defined as the low season due to heavier rainfall, however, it’s no reason to skip Nicaragua altogether during this time. It must be noted that the Pacific area is certainly drier than the Carribean areas, so depending on your activities you might find some restrictions on what you want to do, however if heavier rainfall doesn’t bother you or cause any major issues to your plans, you will enjoy lower prices and smaller crowds by travelling through this time. As for temperature, the average will be similar to the peak season (30°C in some parts and is unlikely to fall below 20°C). 

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FAQs about Nicaragua

  • Do you tip in Nicaragua?

    There isn’t much of a tipping culture in Nicaragua, and while there are no hard and fast rules for tipping, it is recommended to leave a tip of 10% in a restaurant. 
  • What is the internet access like?

    Internet connection can range in quality, but you should have no problem with day-to-day tasks like emailing or surfing the web while in Nicaragua. WiFi is available in many cafes, hostels and hotels for free, but outside urban areas, this is not as common.
  • Is the tape water safe to drink?

    Unfortunately not. Tap water is not considered safe in Nicaragua. Buy bottled water, or you can boil the tap water or use water purification pills.
  • Can I use my credit cards?

    Yes, credit cards are widely accepted throughout Nicaragua. Please check with your bank about any foreign transaction charges.
  • What are the public holidays?

    Public holidays include New Year's Day on January 1, Easter Week, Labor Day on May 1, Liberation Day on July 19, Battle of San Jacinto on September 14, Independence Day on September 15, All Souls’ Day on November 2, Feast of the Immaculate Conception on December 8 and Christmas Day on December 25. 
  • What are the toilets like?

    The toilets in Nicaragua are both diverse and varied, and you will find a mix of sit-down toilets or shabby outhouses depending on where you are travelling. Don’t be surprised to find many toilets missing a toilet seat leaving you to squat over the bowl. Always carry spare toilet paper.
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