The Top 4 Places to Visit in Nicaragua

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Where are the best places to visit in Nicaragua?

I did some homework while trying to answer this very question for myself. My picks for the 4 best places to visit are; Lake Nicaragua, Ometepe, Granada, and Managua!

About These Places

Lake Nicaragua

Lake Nicaragua (Lago de Nicaragua) is a vast freshwater lake in Nicaragua. In fact, it has an area of over 3,000 square miles making it the largest lake in Central America! It’s just a little bit smaller than Lake Titicaca. With a depth of 85 feet) Lake Nicaragua drains into the Caribbean Sea by way of the San Juan River. You can see the Pacific Ocean from the Ometepe Island mountains on the lake.


Ometepe is an island that rises out of Lake Nicaragua. A pretty neat fact is that it was formed by two volcanoes beneath the lake. The name literally comes from from the Nahuatl words ome (two) and tepetl (mountain), together meaning “two mountains”. At a size of about 107 square miles, it’s the largest island in the lake and currently estimates an influx of around 60,000 travelers each year. Reportedly, the best time of the year to visit is between mid-November and mid-May.


With an estimated population of around 125,000, Granada is Nicaragua’s sixth most populous city. It is also, historically, one of the country’s most important cities both economically and politically. Of possible interest t the traveler is the fact that it has a thriving Indigenous population. The city is also known as La Gran Sultana (The Great Sultana), which reflects Granada’s Moorish and Andalusian appearance.


Managua is the capital and largest city of Nicaragua. It was founded as a pre-Columbian fishing town and, in 1819, it was incorporated and named “Leal Villa de Santiago de Managua” (Loyal Villa of Santiago de Managua). Managua is situated on the southwestern shore of Lake Managua. The population is estimated at around 1 million and was declared the capital in 1852.

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