Nicaragua with Kids: Family Destination Guide

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

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Nicaragua with Kids: Everything you need to know!

Nicaragua: Why You’ll Love It

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  • 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

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  • 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

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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


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

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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