Nicaragua with Kids: Family Destination Guide

Everything you need to know about travelling to Nicaragua with your family

Nicaragua With Kids: Table of Contents

 

Pacaya Lodge, Laguna de Apoyo, Nicaragua

Destination Guides

Nicaragua With Kids: Where To Go

 

Granada & Surrounds

10 Things to do with kids in and around Granada

Charlie and the Choco Museo! A Chocolate Making Workshop in Granada

A Horse-Drawn Carriage Ride (and History Lesson!) Around Granada 

A Boat Tour of Las Isletas, Granada

Discovering Colonial Granada with Kids

A Tour of Masaya: Smoking Volcanoes and Ancient Crafts

Swimming in the volcanic crater Lake of Apoyo

 

 

Pacific Coast

Discovering the tiny Nicaraguan surf town of Popoyo Beach (coming soon!)

 

Family Hotel Reviews

Hotel Plaza Colon, Granada (*special discount for globetotting guests)

Pacaya Lodge & Spa, Lake Apoyo (*special discount for globetotting guests)

Soma Surf Resort, Popoyo (*special discount for globetotting guests)

 

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Nicaragua with Kids: Everything you need to know!

Nicaragua: Why You’ll Love It

Popoyo horse ride

 

  • Known as the land of lakes and volcanos, Nicaragua has some 50 volcanos (seven of which are active), many of which offer fun activities for families such as hiking and zip-lining.
  • Nicaragua is home to some of the oldest cities in the Americas.
  • Nicaragua is one of the few places in the world where you can surf for over 300 days a year, and at any time of the day.
  • Many people say that Nicaragua is like Costa Rica was before its tourist industry boomed (read: it’s also cheaper than it’s southerly neighbour!)
  • Empty beaches!
  • Some of the friendliest people we have met in Central America

 

 

Nicaragua: Why The Kids Will Love It

canopy zip line granada

 

  • Visit an active volcano!
  • Learn to surf – in the sea
  • Learn to surf – down a volcano!
  • Explore the beautiful Corn Islands in the Caribbean where pirates used to hideout until the coast was clear ….
  • Kayak in a volcanic crater lake.
  • Nicaragua is considered one of the safest countries in Central America today.

Nicaragua With Kids: When To Go

Mag rock sunset 2

 

Nicaragua is warm all year round with temperatures around 31-35C. It has two distinct seasons: dry and rainy.

Dry Season: The dry season runs from November to April, with temperatures and humidity levels gradually ascending in March/April. With sunny days, a light breeze and blue skies, this tends to be the most popular period to visit with peak season falling over the Christmas, New Year and Easter breaks.

Rainy season: The rainy season runs from May to October and sees fewer tourists. The rains transform the dry landscape into a lush green environment, and many believe this season is when Nicaragua looks its best. Showers do not tend to last long on the Pacific side but there can be quite a lot of cloud coverage during this season. The Caribbean coast sees heavier showers with higher humidity.

Best time to surf: Nicaragua is one of the few destinations in the world where you can surf for 300+ days of the year and the prevailing offshore winds also allow surfers to catch waves at any time of day. In the dry season the waves are smaller and the water is cooler – an ideal time for beginners (a wetsuit is highly recommended). The rainy season is when Nicaragua receives all the southern swells and the surf is the most consistent and powerful at this time. This is a good time for intermediate to advanced surfers, although there are still sheltered spots suitable for beginners during this season.

Best time to see turtles: Turtle season at Ometepe runs from July to Feb. October and November are considered the peak months to catch sight of the Olive Ridley turtles, although these should be used as guidelines only. More information on turtles can be found here:

Nicaragua with Kids: FAQ

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Capital: Managua

Time: GMT – 06:00

Language: Spanish is the main language spoken.

Voltage: 110 v

Flight time from the UK:

Miami, USA: 2:50 hours.
LA, USA: 5.5 hours
New York, USA: 7 hours
London, UK: 16 hours (with a stopover in US)

Passports: An obvious one, but do check that your passport has at least 6 months left before its expiration date (taken from the date of your departure)

Visas: Visa requirements vary by nationality and sometimes change. If you are planning on visiting Nicaragua we advise checking your government’s own travel advisory service or with the Nicaraguan embassy or consulate in your own country for the latest information.
Nicaragua: Foreign Travel Advice (UK)
Nicaragua: Travel Advisory (US)

Health & Vaccinations: Visitors need to take special precautions against illnesses not normally encountered at home. Contact your doctor well in advance of your departure date to ensure that you receive all the necessary vaccinations. Country specific information and advice is published by Travel Health Pro. Bring any medication with you in its original, labelled container. A signed prescription note from your doctor is useful to have. In smaller villages and towns, medical services are basic.

See the NHS’s fitfortravel website for further advice.

Getting There:  Nicaragua’s main International airport is Augusto C. Sandino International Airport (MGA), in Managua. You can also enter Nicaragua over land from Honduras and Costa Rica.

Money: Nicaragua uses the Nicaraguan Córdoba (C$). US dollars are also widely accepted. ATMS are found in most towns and cities and credit cards are accepted at a number of hotels and restaurants in the main cities.

Safety: Despite its turbulent history, Nicaragua is today considered one of the safest countires to visit in Central America. However, as situations (including goverments) can change, please consult your own government’s travel advisory for safety advice such as fco.gov.uk

Dress: Anything goes dress wise! Bring a pair of long trousers if you are worried about mosquito bites, and some walking shoes for jungle treks. The sun can be very strong and we recommend bringing a high factor suncream as well as UV rash vests for swimming.

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Raas Haveli: 26.297646, 73.022527
Itmenaan Estate: 29.518200, 79.832897
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Mosaics Guesthouse: 26.966788, 75.920459
Udai Bilas Palace: 23.841943, 73.714678
Samode Haveli: 27.000408, 74.992676
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Burma: 21.913965, 95.956223
Family Holidays in India: 20.593684, 78.962880
Family Holidays in Vietnam: 14.058324, 108.277199
Family Holidays in Thailand: 15.921715, 100.788574
Family Holidays in Sri Lanka: 7.873054, 80.771797
Family Holidays in Borneo: 1.068237, 114.233536
Family Holidays in Cambodia: 12.565679, 104.990963
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A Taste of Tunisia: 33.886917, 9.537499
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Magical Mongolia: 47.920000, 106.920000
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Holi Family Holiday: 26.912434, 75.787271
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10 Things to do with Kids in Sri Lanka: 6.500000, 80.771797
5 Things to do with Kids Around Manila: 14.599512, 120.984219
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Jims Jungle Retreat: 29.535701, 78.924974
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Apa Villa, Nr Galle: 6.030486, 80.240915
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Haadson Resort: 8.739592, 98.244386
Villa Ban Haad Sai, Koh Samui: 9.571675, 100.063103
JW Marriott, Phuket: 8.166198, 98.294973
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Gili Eco Villas: -8.339901, 116.032570
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Lebanon: 33.901197, 35.660934
Glenburn: 27.083155, 88.336072
Club Villa: 6.426232, 79.995232
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RIFF: 26.297836, 73.018447
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Costa Rica: 9.748917, -83.753428
Sherlock: 11.197936, 76.745682
The Dune: 12.049141, 79.875163
The Beach Hut: 6.005545, 80.256500
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Maya Mexico: 20.211419, -87.465350
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Anda Lanta: 7.488091, 99.083462
Ratan Vilas: 26.273913, 73.030063
Khem Vilas: 26.064852, 76.438331
Villa Baan Chao Lay: 9.559606, 100.036228
Highlands Park: 34.052833, 74.384700
Khyber: 34.042840, 74.386346
Dar es Salam: 34.113766, 74.836167
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Yab Yum: 15.646221, 73.717183
Olaulim Backyards: 15.570627, 73.870387
Vivenda dos Palhacos: 15.314925, 73.912164
Sur La Mer: 15.642397, 73.723037
Joets: 15.370926, 73.832758
Grand Hyatt: 15.451140, 73.851595
Amarya Shamiyana: 15.646737, 73.716856
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Jas Vilas: 26.930462, 75.788064
Royal Heritage Haveli: 26.925231, 75.745491
Indrashan Homestay: 26.270218, 73.030876
Alila Diwa: 15.306901, 73.911334
Kumarakom Lake Resort: 9.612555, 76.431248
Emerald Isle: 9.492137, 76.326071
Marari Beach Resort: 9.595008, 76.301175
Marari Villas: 9.583107, 76.302272
Philipkutty\'s Farm: 9.662806, 76.409535
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Park Hyatt Goa: 15.327473, 73.897707
Coconut Creek: 15.372996, 73.833220
Fishermans Cove Philippines: 13.503281, 120.944008
Shahar Palace: 26.909963, 75.785703
Costa Pacifica: 15.760657, 121.569018
Hotel Eagles Nest: 32.261658, 76.306800
Patan Mahal: 27.801557, 75.976059
Tea Bungalow: 9.962806, 76.245846
The Secret Garden: 9.931238, 76.267315
Dreamz: 9.967115, 76.242319
Old Harbour Hotel: 9.967199, 76.242447
Raintree Lodge: 9.966505, 76.243054
Brunton Boatyard: 9.968819, 76.245611
Tikli Bottom: 28.331856, 77.008482
Kipling Camp: 22.310358, 80.496547
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Why House: 6.007137, 80.266471
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10 Things to do with kids in Delhi: 28.613939, 77.209021
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Amorita Resort: 9.549948, 123.776424
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Crete top 10: 35.277016, 24.348450
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Art in Island: 14.622794, 121.058114
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Casa Guardia: 8.366792, -80.121831
Awesome Hotel: 16.678999, 120.336555
LivItaly Florence: 43.769560, 11.255814
: 12.001300, 120.193760
Peru for Families: -7.972198, -76.113281
Panama for Families: 9.600750, -79.958496
Cuba for families: 22.796439, -80.914307
Mexico For Families: 22.593726, -103.359375
The Philippines for Families: 11.953349, 119.091797
Canada for Families: 54.367759, -114.609375