Nicaraguan Honeymoon in June
Replies: 10 - Last Post: Feb 22, 2013 7:38 PM Last Post By: sweetsmary
Jan 31, 2013 2:36 PM
Nicaraguan Honeymoon in JuneHi all,
My finance and I are planning our honeymoon for June and have been considering Nicaragua.
First, how is the weather and general crowds in June?
Second, I am looking for some advice/suggestions on itinerary. We will have about 11 days and were thinking start in the Corn Islands (~4 days) to Granada (~1.5 days) to Ometepe (~2 days) to San Juan del Sur (~2 days) to Managua. How does this itinerary sound and anything we are missing or should omit? Any other advice?
We don't need total seclusion on the beaches but aren't looking for a big party atmosphere either. Also, we are budgeting about $200-$300 a day if that helps with advice (I presume that should go a long way in Nicaragua).
Any help is greatly appreciated!
Jan 31, 2013 7:03 PM
Jan 31, 2013 7:44 PM
3June weather is hot and afternoon rains, its fine, its the tropics. SJDS is a tourist ghetto, nothing unique or authentic about it, town is gringo partyvilles and you have to commute to good beaches, Nica is about culture...sink your teeth into Granada (very romantic) and Ometepe (Magical) and CI (Gorgeous)
Jan 31, 2013 7:53 PM
Jan 31, 2013 8:57 PM
5Other than your four days in the Corn Islands, you plan has you moving around a lot, which I hope fits both of your travel styles. June is in the rainy season (sometimes marketed as the "green" season), which should not discourage you from travel to Central America as it is also not high tourist season. Rains in western Nicaraguan fall typically in the afternoons and one returns out doors or to the beach after the rain is over. I would personally fly to the Corn Islands from Managua and back on morning flights to more likely avoid landing in a rain, but that is my personal view. Your daily budget is more than ample and you should be way under in the Corn Islands and Ometepe even when staying in some of the best places (not including CI airfare in your budget). I would stay two nights in Granada in one of the romantic small inns/B&Bs there and daytrip loop through Mambacho for a volcano/cloud forest hike, Catarina (Pueblos Blancos), Masaya market back to Granada tour,. I agree overall with TT on SJDS being a potential disappointment for you but with an over the top exception. If you are in Rivas anyway, coming back from Ometepe, you have been well under your daily budget most days, its your honeymoon, blow US$160 each ($320 up for two) on ONE night at Morgan's Rock (near SJDS) to get a one day gilded Pacific coast beach experience-see their website if you think it would be worth it. Good luck.
Feb 1, 2013 9:13 PM
6Much appreciated Bwiley8 and SoloHobo. Very informative and I think we have definitely decided to skip SJDS. A couple of follow-up questions.
First, I have seen a lot of suggestions/itineraries for 4 or more days on ometepe. For a honeymoon, would two or so suffice? We are both adventurous travelers but want some relaxation. What all is there to do on Ometepe?
Also, I have heard about Morgan's, but what about some of the other ecolodges (e.g, Aqua Wellness, Mukul, etc.)?
Again, any help would be greatly appreciated.
Feb 4, 2013 12:52 PM
7Its interesting that someone would sayskip san juan del sur because its a gringo hellhole....and then tell you to spend days in granada.
In my opinion, granada is way more of a gringo infested town. To me granada feels like any european town, and is by far my least favorite place in nicaragua. At least san juan has the nice beach
But i also know im in the minority on that opinion.
Ometepe is wonderful. You can check out la cascada for an easy hike. You can climb volcan maderas for a medium hike. Volcan concepcion is a decently tough hike, but well worth it.
If you dont like hiking, ojo de agua is easily the fan favorite of the island. Its a fresh swimming hole. You can see monkeys in charco verde. You can do ziplining right next to charco verde. The black sand on the beach by istian is cool too.
If you are worried about crowds you might wanna find a different pacific beach town than sjds as there are just as nice of beaches up and down the coast.
Other popular places not too far away you may wanna research are masaya / catarina / volcan masaya / laguna de apoyo. Leon is another fan favorite. Colonial and tourist heavy like granada. Corinto beach by chinandega is wonderful too.
Feb 4, 2013 2:06 PM
Feb 5, 2013 6:42 PM
Feb 22, 2013 7:38 PM
10You will want to spend more time on Ometepe Island because there is so much to do and see and it is just beautiful and relaxing too. Stay on the beach in SantaCruz - the Linda Guest House has a perfect casita for honeymoon couples! You will get special attention and lots of assitance to make your visit special and easy too. She will make you delicious meals - complementary desserts and lots of extras...it is not a hotel. Tony is an islander and offers hikes to various places with unique perspectives on the island. Don't miss out on the petroglyphs and statues, or kayaking the River Istiam wildlife refuge! Can't wait to go back in a couple weeks - but we take up the main house which can sleeps larger groups.
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