Solo Female Travel in Nicaragua!
Let’s talk “Solo Female Travel in Nicaragua!” If you love Costa Rica, chances are ~ you’ll love Nicaragua too. There are countless volcanoes to climb, beautiful beaches & lakes, great surf, friendly locals, plenty of ex-pats, & some of the best food anywhere in Central America. Popular places to visit in Nicaragua include colorful Granada (featured in this video), Leon (where you can volcano-board), San Juan del Sur (beach party town), & Ometepe Island.
In this video, we’ll stay right around the gorgeous, colorful city of Granada, Nicaragua. I stayed there for two weeks, & really got into the local culture. The video begins on the drive from Managua International Airport to Granada (about 45 minutes), with a stop at the famous, active Masaya Volcano ~ viewable day or night! Check out the night volcano views below…
Then, we head to the colorful streets of Granada, with its famous yellow cathedral, & the lovely horse-drawn carriages you’ll see all around the city. Next, we climb the Mombacho volcano, which is visible from many Granada rooftops. When it was sunny & warm in Granada ~ it was cooler & raining on top of Mombacho…bring a light jacket if you climb it!
Solo Female Travel in Nicaragua ~ Video!
Finally, the video ends with a boat tour around the 365 little islands near Granada, on Lake Nicaragua ~ or Lago de Nicaragua, the largest lake in Central America. We even see monkeys on one of the islands…
I really loved my time of solo female travel in Nicaragua. I felt comfortable & relaxed there, which is pretty much the overall vibe of Nicaragua ~ & I hope that comes through in the video.
Let’s go to Nicaragua!
Nicaragua Travel Quick Facts!
- Nicaragua in One Word = Volcanoes.
- Nicaragua in One More Word = Colonial.
- Wi-Fi = Pretty good in major cities, but check to see if your hotel has multiple routers.
- Global Peace Ranking = #69 out of 163 (U.S. is #103) = Statistically safer than the United States!
- Hotels = Great value. For under $50 US per night, you can find some gems.
- Must-Do’s = Hike a volcano! Swim in Central America’s biggest lake, Lago de Nicaragua. Visit colonial gems like Granada & Leon. Surf world-class breaks. Party on the beach in San Juan del Sur.
- Is Nicaragua Good for Solo Travelers = Yes. I was there for a month in early 2017 & had zero problems & no negative encounters.
- What to Expect as a Female Traveler = Expect some catcalls, especially from groups of men on the street. Fairly harmless but can be annoying.
- Would I Go Back = Yes!! I need to explore more of the beaches!
What You Need in Nicaragua
It’s pretty much always warm in Nicaragua ~ like between 70-90 degrees Fahrenheit. Rainy season in Nicaragua runs from May-October, with the wettest month being September. If you’re visiting during this time, definitely bring some light rain gear ~ but likely, it will still be warm. As for the rest of the year, bring your best beach-ready wardrobe.
You’re also fairly close to the equator here, so don’t forget to bring good sunscreen! Especially if you’re traveling from America or Europe, where the sun’s rays are a lot less strong.
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Where I Stayed in Granada
- In Granada, Under $50: My favorite choice in Granada for solo female travel is the Backpacker’s Inn. It’s a hostel but they also have beautiful, HUGE private rooms. And it’s right across the street from La Merced Church, in a great location, for $40/night (private room price). But there are SO many great hotels in Granada, Nicaragua for right around $50! Other good choices include: Hotel El Almirante, Hotel Kekoldi de Granada, and Hotel Antigua Estacion Granada. Search all Granada, Nicaragua hotels here.
Solo Female Travel in Nicaragua
Thanks for reading this post & watching my video on solo female travel in Nicaragua! In case you’re wondering what some of my other favorite solo female travel destinations are, they include Iceland, Austria, & Ireland ~ as well as parts of the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. If you’re new to travel & need some encouragement ~ hit me up in the comments below or email me!
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