Best Places for Backpackers in Nicaragua.

Enjoy backpacking around Nicaragua without a fixed itinerary by using our handy listings of the best hostels in every destination. Specially curated for backpackers and economy travellers, we help you find an amazing place to stay no matter where you're headed!

The best backpackers destinations & accommodation in Nicaragua.

Top 50 hostels in Nicaragua.

These are the 50 most awesome hostels and budget places to stay in Nicaragua.

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La Urraca Loca

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La Urraca Loca

La Urraca Loca offers Wi-Fi, Spanish lessons, tours to the Maderas volcano and Concepcion volcano, activities, purified water, lockers, fans, hammocks, screens ... and a nice garden overlooking the two volcanoes. La Urraca Loca You will feel close to the local people and next to the forest. Fully...
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Los Cocos Hostal

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Los Cocos Hostal

A great place to stay with really good and uncrowded waves. Very peaceful and fun beach. We have cheap rates for dorm, private rooms, camping and hammocks. It has very beautiful wide beaches with good waves so you can swim and surf all year round.The people are very friendly and the fish is delicio...
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The Townhouse

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The Townhouse

The Townhouse is the new kid on the block! We bring the same good vibes from our sister jungle hostel "The Treehouse" into the heart of the city. Designed with backpacker budget in mind without sacrificing the facilities that connect travelers. We offer to you a swimming pool with sun all day, a Rec...
The Townhouse is a hostel in Granada. Check Hostelworld for prices.

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Hospedaje Los Chocoyos

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Hospedaje Los Chocoyos

The chocoyos is in front of the Cocibolca Lake, the only lake in the world that harbors marine species such as sharks and sawfish in freshwater, perfect for Kayak, and in front of Volcano Maderas´s entrance, 4 kilometers to the San Ramon Waterfall & 8 k to the Ojo de Agua in Tilgue. We are locate...
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Casa Mauro

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Casa Mauro

Our authentic Nicaraguan lifestyle environment will make you feel in loved with our country. Casa Mauro is a very authentic local family house in which our guest can make use of the kitchen, hammocks, terrace and garden area our rooms have most of them private bathroom fun, mosquito screen, we are k...
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Sonati Hostel Leon

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Sonati Hostel Leon

Sonati Hostel Leon offers to the visitors a pleasant hospitality with two types of accommodation: Dormitories and private rooms with maximum comfort in a welcoming and safe environment. We offer fee wifi, kitchen, coffee ( 6 am to 12 pm), pool, book exchange and common areas in a tranquil and beauti...
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Popoyo Surfcamp

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Popoyo Surfcamp

Surfcamp in a rural area 5 min by car to the beach points. Rustic and modern style of building. Clean and comfort but not luxury . Simple.Hills view, safe environment. Clean rooms and toilet. Bar Resto open to the public , chill vibes. The Popoyo Surfcamp is a cool point to spend some days in Popoyo...
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Buena Onda Backpackers

99 /100

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Buena Onda Backpackers

Buena Onda Backpackers IS NOT A PARTY HOSTEL !!! You will enjoy the view of all the bay of San Juan, in one of the hammocks, from the large roof top terrace. The amazing view creates a peaceful and relaxing atmosphere. If you like cooking... enjoy the outside kitchen ! We also like helping our...
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Mano a Mano Eco Hostal

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Mano a Mano Eco Hostal

Mano a Mano is an amazing hostel made out of wood in the chill community of Las Peñitas. It is the dream hostel made out of recycled and organic materials with amazing beach views in front of the wave paradise of Las Peñitas, Leon, Nicaragua. We offer 4 dorms, 2 for 8 people, 1 for 5 people (with...
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One 2 Surf Club & Residency

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One 2 Surf Club & Residency

One 2 Surf Club & Residency has everything you need to make your vacation memorable. You can sign up for a lesson, grab your board and join daily surf trips, family dinners, and enjoy the best music and staff in town. Order a special cocktail or a smoothie from our bar and relax in our common areas...
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Al Sole Guesthouse

97 /100

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Al Sole Guesthouse

Al Sole Guesthouse is beautiful colonial house in the centre of Leon. We offer 6 En Suite Rooms with access to a beautiful garden and a fully equipped kitchen that can be used by our guests anytime. All decorations are simple and rustic, using wood and cane. The property is located in the Zarago...
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La Siesta

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La Siesta

La Siesta is a cozy and familiar hostal open since 2005 by Boris and Marcela who give a French-Nicaraguan touch to the place. The 7 rooms are all around a flowered and quiet courtyard. We serve delicious breakfast in option (4 choices), including the authentic crêpes, homemade bread and fresh tropic...
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Hostel Paradiso

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Hostel Paradiso

Have you had a chance to wake up in the middle of nature? We give you the chance! We offer the option of spending the night here, with a price to suit every budget. For our overnight guests we offer triple, double or single rooms with private or shared bathroom, as well as a spacious room wit...
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La Buena Onda

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La Buena Onda

La Buena Onda provides all of the amenities that you are looking for (Free morning coffee, free wireless internet, outdoor patio with hammocks, cable tv, balcony, laundry service, great book exchange, movies, and more!) and also serves as a great base to explore the surrounding mountains, waterfalls...
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Hostal Azul

96 /100

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Hostal Azul

A place full of natural light and good vibes, we are focused on offering a great service to make your time in Granada an amazing stay. Spacious, comfy common areas allow people to relax or mingle and hangout with new friends. We offer delicious breakfast (Included) and yes... it changes every day....
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De Boca en Boca

96 /100

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De Boca en Boca

De Boca en Boca is a colorful and cozy hostel located in the beating heart of Granada, next to gorgeous La Merced Church and two blocks away from Central park. In De Boca en Boca you'll find private and shared rooms, with or without bathrooms, all of which include breakfast. We also offer free...
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Hush Maderas

96 /100

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Hush Maderas

Hush Maderas is a boutique hotel located on a short 5-minute walk from the beach Playa Maderas. Hush offers an infinity pool with lounge area, 180 degree ocean views and a yoga studio. On the top floor we have an incredible rooftop where the most amazing sunsets can be watched everyday. Hush is a pe...
Hush Maderas is a hostel in San Juan del Sur. Check Hostelworld for prices.

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Hostal La Tortuga Booluda

96 /100

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Hostal La Tortuga Booluda

We are the “tranquilo” traveler's choice in León, a home base from which you head out to discover our lovely colonial town, its tropical beaches and steaming volcanoes. A place to return to with lots of impressions after a day out. A place where we treat each other like family. A stay at Tortuga Boo...
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Poco a Poco Hostel

95 /100

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Poco a Poco Hostel

Poco a Poco Hostel has been awarded the best hostel in Nicaragua 2019 & 2018, what an honour! We work hard to make sure our guests have a great time in- and outside the hostel. When you stay at Poco a Poco you will meet a lot of other people and have plenty of spaces to chill. The hostel has...
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Hostel Life is Good

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Hostel Life is Good

Located 15 minutes walking from the port in Moyogalpa or 5 minutes by tuk tuk (we’ll even pay for your first ride when you have a reservation with us). Life is good has both dorms and private rooms, all private rooms have an ensuite. With it’s chilled out vibes, open areas, hammocks and fibre opt...
Hostel Life is Good is a hostel in Ometepe Island. Check Hostelworld for prices.

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Hospedaje Soma

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Hospedaje Soma

The only hostel with a pool in town, Hospedaje Soma is ideally located on the edge of the port town of Moyogalpa. Our location is a short (15 minute) walk from the ferry and bus stop, and less than 5 minutes away from the restaurants, shops and banks of Moyogalpa. Being on the edge of town gives our...
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Hostal Los Octavianos

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Hostal Los Octavianos

Hostal Los Octavianos is a nice, comfortable and safe hostel with spacious rooms and common areas. We a vast experience in the hospitality sector as well as a great knowledge about our city, elements that we do capitalize to bring the very best service to our guests and travellers. We are locate...
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The Treehouse

93 /100

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The Treehouse

Situated 200m high on the side of Mombacho Volcano sits our unique jungle hostel. Surrounded by howler monkeys, we have a 60 metre canopy bridge, we're very friendly, we enjoy sunsets, good music & fun people! The hostel's intricate design is made up of tree houses popping out of the thick jungl...
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99 Surf Lodge

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99 Surf Lodge

99 Surf Lodge is a moderm, minimalist, beach front retreat, designed to keep you in contact with the ocean without giving up in comfort. Eco friendly, built entirely with local materials, our structure offers a variety of suites designed to make you enjoy every moment of your stay. Each room has a m...
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Hostal El Albergue y Loro Trips

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Hostal El Albergue y Loro Trips

Hostal El Albergue and Loro Trips is a genuinely Nicaraguan house and tour operator, where we provide a total immersion in the local with more than 14 years of experience, dont worry be happy Nicaragua is safe, we wil like nicaraguan owner to give the best recomendations in your trips in our country...
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Hostel Oasis Granada

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Hostel Oasis Granada

Granada is a MUST visit in Nicaragua. Our hostel is a centrally located "Oasis of Tranquility" with many places to hangout and relax! Ideal to spend few nights in order to discover Granada and its surroundings.  OASIS provides: •Free all-you-can-eat breakfast of pancakes, bananas, oatmeal and m...
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Hostal Casa Moreno

92 /100

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Hostal Casa Moreno

Hostel Casa Moreno is located on one of the most privileged corners in Moyogalpa (Ometepe Island). We have a vast experience in the hospitality sector as well as an ample knowledge about the area, elements that we do capitalize to bring the very best experience to our guests and travellers within ou...
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The Thirsty Turtle Hostel

92 /100

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The Thirsty Turtle Hostel

San Juan del Sur's newest backpackers hostel! The Thirsty Turtle is located two blocks from the beach and a 10 minute walk to town. Our guests are able to experience everything the town has to offer while also being able to escape the noise and relax. - A/C in all rooms - Hot Showers - Pool -...
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Naked Tiger Hostel

92 /100

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Naked Tiger Hostel

The Naked Tiger Hostel is set in the lush hilltops of San Juan Del Sur. We are a true backpackers hostel that caters to budget travelers from all over the world. The hostel property is a beautiful Mediterranean style villa with sweeping porches that extend to our pool where you can enjoy a cocktail,...
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Hostel Tadeo San Juan del Sur

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Hostel Tadeo San Juan del Sur

The Hostel Tadeo San Juan del Sur, offers: Hosting and Mexican food, rancho, music, national and foreigners It is located 40 meters from the bay of San Juan del Sur, in a country ambient Hostel Tadeo contact the following Tourist Services :offered at San Juan del Sur. Boat Ride (The m...
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Hola Ola Hostel

91 /100

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Hola Ola Hostel

Hola Ola is a traveler-owned and traveler-inspired hostel located in the idyllic and booming beach town of San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua. At Hola Ola, we have the simple yet powerful mission of connecting great people with each other, great experiences, San Juan del Sur, and Nicaragua. We’re not simpl...
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Casa del Agua

91 /100

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Casa del Agua

Welcome Casa Del Agua. An historic colonial house, located just off central park in Granada, Nicaragua. Each accommodation is uniquely and individually designed to suit all our guests requirements, (individual, family, triple, single, twin and double rooms,) which are all spacious and ensuite, All...
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Island Roots Hostel

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Island Roots Hostel

Island Roots is a beautiful hostel located in one of the prettiest and safest areas of Corn Island, a neighbourhood with strong Creole heritage called South End. Here you can enjoy comfortable rooms, a large and lovely garden, as well as spacious and cosy common areas that will make you feel at hom...
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ViaVia Leon

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ViaVia Leon

Welcome to ViaVia León! ViaVia is located in a authentic colonial building with beautiful lush patio gardens. In the front part we welcome you in our cosy bar with its multicultural atmosphere. The hostal area is located in the back where you can easily relax in our hammocks while enjoying a home ma...
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Hostel Lazy Crab

89 /100

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Hostel Lazy Crab

This is a happy, colourful, and super relaxed hostel in Balgue - a small town on Isla de Ometepe. - a good place to be surrounded by nature and super cool local people. We love the good tunes and good vibes :). We have a perfect location, a city block from the main road (bus stop) and few minutes...
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Casa Lucía

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Casa Lucía

Casa Lucia is a family run b&b that offers guest a unique Nicaraguan experience, above and beyond service and awesome coffee. In a premium location of Managua. We are located in the heart of Managua in front of Los Robles Park conveniently located for restaurants and the main bus stops. We ar...
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Hostal los Chamos

88 /100

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Hostal los Chamos

Located in the best area of San Juan del Sur, in the heart of the nightlife. You can have access to the kitchen without charge, the hostel is comfortable and friendly. We are conveniently located 50 meters from the beach in one of the best spots of the city. Come to meet us and enjoy San Juan De...
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Mangos Hostel

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Mangos Hostel

Here you will cool off in the pool and meet travelers from all the world over a beer or by our big dinner table. We are not a party hostel, rather a social hostal for adventurers. Although we definitely can give you advice on where to head for a fun night out in Leon, and of course tell you about th...
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El Caite Hostel

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El Caite Hostel

Located in the heart of Granada, just one block from the central park and a walking distance from restaurants, bars and the night life of the city, El Caite Hostel is a combination of comfort, relax atmosphere and great budget. It´s the best place to stay to enjoy the Colonial city of Granada, one o...
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Bigfoot Hostel and Volcano Boarding

88 /100

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Bigfoot Hostel and Volcano Boarding

Bigfoot Hostel in Leon is more than a hostel, it is a complete backpacking experience. Local and traveling volunteer staff are thoroughly trained and dedicated to making this your home away from home, while visiting beautiful and colonial city of Leon, Nicaragua. Bigfoot is also the home of 'Volcano...
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Selina Maderas

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Selina Maderas

Featuring amazing accommodation options for every budget and taste, Selina Maderas is a perfect spot to chill and surf. Guests can enjoy free WiFi, on-site bar, a yoga deck, a co-working space as well as a swimming pool and common areas with games and live music. This breathtaking locations is locat...
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Hostel Pachamamama San Juan Del Sur

87 /100

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Hostel Pachamamama San Juan Del Sur

Hostel Pachamama is one of San Juan Del Sur’s oldest party hostels in town and also the coolest place to stay at! We are located just half a block away from the beach and amazing sunsets. Comes completely with refreshing pool, a spacious outdoor area, a kitchen for you to use at any time and a bar f...
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Selina Granada

87 /100

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Selina Granada

Granada is a city in western Nicaragua and the capital of the Granada Department. It is Nicaragua's sixth most populous city and one of the historical treasures of the country. It has a rich colonial heritage, seen in its architecture structure and the streets with bright colours; Nobody would mi...
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The Landing Hostel

87 /100

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The Landing Hostel

The Landing Hostel is an eclectic mix of casual elegance and backpacker affordability. We have a friendly, tri-lingual (English, Spanish, and some French) staff who want to make you comfortable in your home away from home. We offer private rooms with bath, clean dorm rooms, and a romantic cabina....
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Hostel Coco

86 /100

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Hostel Coco's

Hoste Coco´s will bring you the very best of Moyogalpa and Isla de Ometepe to let you enjoy and discover the very best of our facilities and of our location. Beyond the rooms, we have numerous amenities and services such as scooter renting, horse renting, tours through in which you will . We capita...
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Lazybones

86 /100

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Lazybones

Welcome to our beautiful hostel. Lazybones is a place to kick back, makes friends and relax amid the stunning natural beauty of Nicaragua. We are social consciousness which means that we take care of our personnel paying them fairly and offering them the social benefits that they are entitled to hav...
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Managua Backpackers Inn

85 /100

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Managua Backpackers Inn

Welcome to Managua Backpackers Inn (or 'MBI' as we like to call ourselves!). MBI has been awarded the 'Top Hostel for Nicaragua' by HostelWorld.com in 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2014. At MBI, we have 10+ years of experience hosting backpackers, budget travelers and groups of all ages (and all size...
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El Zopilote

84 /100

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El Zopilote

The El Zopilote Hostel and Permaculture Farm have various types of hospitality on offer like private huts, dormitories, camping areas and hammocks. We organize many activities like free yoga 2 times a day, daily permaculture courses, cacao ceremonies, volcanoes tours, courses, massages , workshops....
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Hostel Papagayo

84 /100

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Hostel Papagayo

Hostel Papagayo is a nice and chill lodging right in downtown ,running by one super friendly young local family, more than a home stay. Perfect for travelers with small budget, surrounded by atms bars ,bank and restaurant nearby. There is a kitchen available, fast speed internet ,comfortable rooms...
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Casa Oro

83 /100

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Casa Oro

Casa Oro was the first hostel and surf school in San Juan del Sur. Before that it was an obligatory spot on the historic gold route through Central America. Our doors are always open and we invite you to feel at home here. Just a hop, skip and a jump from the beach, Casa Oro offers a variety of b...
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Things to see and do while backpacking in Nicaragua.

Check out tips from other travellers and bloggers and their experiences in Nicaragua.

If you're already planning to visit Nicaragua - scroll to the next section for a list of the best places to stay.

Getting onto the island of Ometepe

Upon making the decision to walk over the border from Costa Rica to Nicaragua, there was one place that fellow travelers raved about: Ometepe. The Island is 19 km long with just under 30,000 people. To get to the island there are several means of transportation. The conversion rate is roughly 27 Córdobas per every 1USD. On the way there we chose a Ferry which was 50 cords from the port town of Rivas to Moyogalpa. The ride over is about two hours long with a view of large active volcano, Conception (typically cloud capped) and the smaller dormant volcano, Maderas as you get closer. The amount of backpackers on the Ferry in what was considered the offseason in the month of July was surprising.

Makenna Smutz

Nicaragua : Playa Maderas

Nicaragua : Playa Maderas After travelling for over 24 hours from Australia; three connecting flights and a two hour drive, I finally made it to my destination. I arrived late in the evening and expected to wake up with no concept of time or day preparing myself for the onslaught of jet lag but the moment I stepped out of my room I was greeted with a magnificent view, a crystal clear blue sky shinning over the dense green lush forest. I could just see the waves lapping down by the edge and I felt energised by the gift nature was presenting me, the beauty of Playa Maderas.

Sarah McDonald

Nicaragua: Little and Big Corn Island on a Budget

Big and Little Corn are two Islands off the Caribbean coast of Nicaragua; they are unique and quaint places that are very different from the rest of the country. They have a unique Creole culture even more so than that of Bluefields. Their culture is similar to that found in Anglophone Caribbean islands such as Jamaica in many ways, with English being widely spoken. Most people head straight for Little Corn where there are no cars, there is great diving, multiple hostels and hotels and a really relaxed laidback vibe. However, it is definitely worth spending some time in Big Corn to take advantage of near-empty beaches and the amazing food. These two Caribbean gems will truly make your Nicaraguan trip special and show you a different side of the country. Both islands can be more expensive than mainland Nicaragua so it can be hard for the budget conscious traveller.

Tara Constantine

Nicaragua: ¨De a Cachimba¨

Nicaragua ¨De a Cachimba¨ First things first. What is ¨De a cachimba¨? This a Nicaraguan expression to say something is awesome, and as you will read next, my experiences in this beautiful country has been  just that!

Mario Arguello

Top 10 Things to Do in Nicaragua

Hey you! Yes, you. Come here and let me tell you something. Come in close because it’s a secret. Okay. Have you ever heard of a little place called Nicaragua? Yes? No? Maybe you don’t know anything about it and Nicaragua is just a big blank space in your mind. Or maybe you are picturing armed men and violent civil war. Well, it’s time to start letting people know the truth. Although Nicaragua has been a safe place to visit many years, it has been largely passed over for regional darling Costa Rica, right now door. Although, Nicaragua offers many of the same natural attractions and is considerably cheaper, it has only received a fraction of the visitors of its more prosperous neighbor.

Laura Shay

Leon in Nicaragua - where you can go volcano boarding!

Welcome to Leon – a university town located in northern Nicaragua in Central America and the only place in the world where you can go volcano boarding.  Leon has a truly authentic feel to it – it isn’t hugely touristy and unlike other towns in Nicaragua such as Granada ‘gringos’ are left alone and not touted by locals trying to sell you hammocks or other various items!  It is a pretty colonial town with a stunning white cathedral in the central park.  In  Leon it is hot, hot, hot – it is the hottest town in Nicaragua and year round temperatures are just above 30 degrees Celsius with high humidity but thankfully the beach is only 20 minutes away where you can cool down.

Sarah Carson

Nicaragua : Playa Maderas

Nicaragua : Playa Maderas After travelling for over 24 hours from Australia; three connecting flights and a two hour drive, I finally made it to my destination. I arrived late in the evening and expected to wake up with no concept of time or day preparing myself for the onslaught of jet lag but the moment I stepped out of my room I was greeted with a magnificent view, a crystal clear blue sky shinning over the dense green lush forest. I could just see the waves lapping down by the edge and I felt energised by the gift nature was presenting me, the beauty of Playa Maderas.

Sarah McDonald

Nicaragua: Little and Big Corn Island on a Budget

Big and Little Corn are two Islands off the Caribbean coast of Nicaragua; they are unique and quaint places that are very different from the rest of the country. They have a unique Creole culture even more so than that of Bluefields. Their culture is similar to that found in Anglophone Caribbean islands such as Jamaica in many ways, with English being widely spoken. Most people head straight for Little Corn where there are no cars, there is great diving, multiple hostels and hotels and a really relaxed laidback vibe. However, it is definitely worth spending some time in Big Corn to take advantage of near-empty beaches and the amazing food. These two Caribbean gems will truly make your Nicaraguan trip special and show you a different side of the country. Both islands can be more expensive than mainland Nicaragua so it can be hard for the budget conscious traveller.

Tara Constantine

Nicaragua Travel Guides

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