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.

Solo Female Travel in Nicaragua

See the active Masaya Volcano in all its glory at night, just outside of Granada, Nicaragua.

In this video, we’ll stay right around the gorgeous, colorful city of Granada.  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

On top of the Mombacho Volcano with a bunch of other female travelers…

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

Solo Female Travel in Nicaragua

Thanks for 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, comment below or email me! 

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 xoxo Noelia