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ManaguaNicaragua

A rich cultural and natural heritage, including ancient crater lakes and remnants of 16th-century colonial architecture, characterize the Nicaraguan capital.

Managua’s old-world beauty is slowly giving way to a multicultural urban center full of redevelopments. Surrounding all this are rainforests, crater lakes and mountains. Managua is a destination for the intrepid traveler who will appreciate preserved Central American charms, unspoiled nature and cheap modern facilities.

The capital of poverty-stricken Nicaragua on the banks of Lago Xolotlán (Lake Managua) is home to over a million residents. The older generations still remember the devastating 1931 and 1972 earthquakes and the political upheaval that followed.

Grab a bottle of pinolillo, a cacao and corn drink, to cool down as you walk. Note that some areas are unsafe to explore on your own, either on foot or by car, especially after dark. Take buses, join a guided tour or, if you understand Spanish, pay a taxi driver extra cordobas to give you a narrated tour.

Some relics have survived in the old town and the Zona Monumental. Inspect the exterior of the ruined Antigua Catedral Santiago de Managua and enjoy the sunshine in Parque Central, a neoclassical park. See the nearby National Palace (Palacio Nacional de la Cultura), a museum full of pre-Columbian ceramics and prehistoric mammal bones. Visit the Museum of Acahualinca to see preserved human footprints from thousands of years ago.

In the entertainment districts, such as Zona Rosa and the Malecón, visit one of the restaurants and bars full of university students. Alternatively, buy frijoles (fried kidney beans) in corn wraps or sweetened tamales wrapped in leaves from a street vendor.

Zipline over the Tiscapa Lagoon from the elevated Historical Park or hike to the crater in the Masaya Volcano National Park. A little farther away is the Pacific Coast and the white sand of Montelimar Beach.

Visit tropical Managua between November and April to enjoy Nicaragua’s dry season. Its international airport is close to Managua and buses run to nearby Granada and León. Long-distance buses leave Managua for El Salvador, Honduras and Costa Rica.

Top Hotels in Managua

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hotel Mozonte
Hotel Mozonte
3 out of 5
Residencial Bolonia, PriceSmart 1.5 cuadras al norte, Managua
The price is $20 per night from Oct 2 to Oct 3

Located in the heart of Managua, this hotel is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Plaza Inter and 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from Puerto Salvador Allende. Sandino Monument and Loma de ...

3.5/5Good! (231 reviews)

"Service and the rooms excellent pool very nice and clean"…"

Reviewed on Sep 14, 2020

Hotel Mozonte
Airport X Managua Hotel
Airport X Managua Hotel
2.5 out of 5
Frente Iglesia, Residencial Montechristi Managua, Managua
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $41 per night from Sep 29 to Sep 30

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of National Palace, Managua Cathedral, and Presidential House. Plaza de la Revolucion and Plaza ...

4.2/5Excellent! (396 reviews)

"Very nice hotel for the price. It is in a gated community a couple of minutes from the airport."…"

Reviewed on Mar 22, 2020

Airport X Managua Hotel
Hyatt Place Managua
Hyatt Place Managua
3.5 out of 5
Carretera Masaya Km. 8.2, Next to Galeria Santo Domingo, Managua
The price is $139 per night from Oct 4 to Oct 5

Located in the heart of Managua, this eco-friendly hotel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Galerias Santo Domingo Shopping Center and within 3 mi (5 km) of Los Robles ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (358 reviews)

"Clean, nice and good breakfast. Gym missing a few things, but is ok"…"

Reviewed on Feb 16, 2020

Hyatt Place Managua

Vacation Rentals in Managua

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Gran Pacifica Beach and Golf Resort Condominiums
Gran Pacifica Beach and Golf Resort Condominiums
3.5 out of 5
Villa el Carmen, km 49 road to Masachapa, 11km west, San Diego Beach, San Diego
The price is $80 per night from Oct 1 to Oct 2

Nestled on the beach, this San Diego condo resort is within a 15-minute walk of Gran Pacifica Reef Beach and Asunchillo Beach. Quisala Beach and Eco-Centro del ...

4/5Very Good! (47 reviews)

"The care of the property, the well manicured lawns and prompt service, friendly staff."…"

Reviewed on Sep 25, 2020

Gran Pacifica Beach and Golf Resort Condominiums
'casa Las Olas', House With Private Pool Nr Surf Beach
'casa Las Olas', House With Private Pool Nr Surf Beach
San Diego, Managua (department)

Situated in San Diego, this vacation home is within a 15-minute walk of Asunchillo Beach and Gran Pacifica Reef Beach. Quisala Beach and Eco-Centro del Bosque ...

5/5Exceptional! (4 reviews)
Wonderful oasis

"We spent two weeks at Casa Las Olas with our two young daughters. We had a wonderful trip. The pool was a lovely respite in the heat of the day. The house has a great lay-out with everything you need, including a well-equipped kitchen. We did all our own cooking and appreciated the ease with which ..."…"

Reviewed on Mar 20, 2020

'casa Las Olas', House With Private Pool Nr Surf Beach
Vistas de Santo Domingo
Vistas de Santo Domingo
3 out of 5
Car. Masaya KM 7.2, Plaza Familiar 400 Mts al Sur Oeste, Managua
The price is $75 per night from Sep 29 to Sep 30

Situated in Managua, this apartment building is 0.6 mi (0.9 km) from Galerias Santo Domingo Shopping Center and within 3 mi (5 km) of Los Robles Park and Plaza ...

4.2/5Very Good! (11 reviews)

"It is an excellent place, very good location, attention to the best and beautiful facilities."…"

Reviewed on Jun 28, 2020

Vistas de Santo Domingo

Popular places to visit in Managua

Laguna de Apoyo
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Laguna de Apoyo

4.5/5(47 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors at Laguna de Apoyo, a popular spot to commune with nature in Managua. Wander the forest or discover the area's volcano viewpoints.

Puerto Salvador Allende
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Puerto Salvador Allende

4.5/5(41 reviews)

Dine at one of the many restaurants, stroll along the lakeside boulevard and take a boat trip to nearby Love Island.

Masaya Volcano National Park
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Masaya Volcano National Park

4.5/5(53 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors at Masaya Volcano National Park, a lovely green space in Ticuantepe. While in this relaxing area, you can savor the top-notch restaurants.

Isletas de Granada
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Isletas de Granada

4.5/5(27 reviews)

Commune with nature and explore the great outdoors at Isletas de Granada during your travels in Granada. You can seek out the local tours while in the area.

Managua Cathedral
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Managua Cathedral

4.5/5(37 reviews)

Sightsee the ruins of religious statues, chapels and altars at a derelict cathedral in the heart of Managua.

Isla Ometepe
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Isla Ometepe

4.5/5(13 reviews)

Commune with nature and explore the great outdoors at Isla Ometepe during your travels in Moyogalpa. Wander the lakeside and beaches while you're in the area.

Top things to do in Managua

Full-day Colonial Granada, Nicaragua & Masaya Volcano Tour
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Full-day Colonial Granada, Nicaragua & Masaya Volcano Tour

$213
Per adult
Private Granada Tour & Lake Nicaragua Boat Cruise
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Private Granada Tour & Lake Nicaragua Boat Cruise

$385
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Private: Flor de Caña Rum Distillery and León City
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Private: Flor de Caña Rum Distillery and León City

$155
Per adult
Private: León City History Tour
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Private: León City History Tour

$145
Per adult
Guided Masaya Volcano National Park & Catarina Tour
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Guided Masaya Volcano National Park & Catarina Tour

$355
Per adult
volcano, trail and adventure tours
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volcano, trail and adventure tours

$170
Per adult

Reviews of Managua

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5 - Excellent 31.41592920353982%
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4 - Good 41.5929203539823%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 21.238938053097346%
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3/5 - Okay

Out

May 9, 2020

It's a pretty run down capital city, but the country itself is a tropical treasure.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Mar 22, 2020

There are lots of interesting things to see in the Managua area which I have visited in the past. At present,(2020) it is not safe to move around the country because of the coronavirus and political concerns. Don't give up on this beautiful country

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Mar 22, 2020

We did not stay in the town but for the night. We had a guy take us around the town and to the masaya volcano. After driving around the town, I am very glad that we didn’t spend more time there.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Mar 12, 2020

Come to Managua it’s not so hot like lot of the people think. But, use the air conditioning of your car if you want to be more comfortable

4/5 - Good

Rey

Feb 28, 2020

Its a great place with rich culture, but like any big city it has its downfalls. Be smart, be aware, and try to travel in groups.

4/5 - Good

Marcher

Feb 21, 2020

There should be a lot more information about the city and the country. It's a nice city and the country is absolutely beautiful. If you want more tourism you'll have sell yourself in a better way.

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