Travel Guide
Managua which includes a city and a sunset

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.

Where to stay in Managua

Hotel Mozonte
Hotel Mozonte
3 out of 5
Residencial Bolonia, PriceSmart 1.5 cuadras al norte, Managua
The price is AU$46 per night from 9 Dec. to 9 Dec.
Located in the heart of Managua, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Plaza Inter, Sandino Monument and Loma de Tiscapa National Historical Park. El Carmen ...
3.5/5 Good! (391 reviews)
"I had a great day. Check-in went very quickly. Room was great, air conditioning worked well, nice and clean."

Reviewed on 18 Nov. 2021

Hotel Mozonte
DoubleTree by Hilton Managua
DoubleTree by Hilton Managua
4 out of 5
Villa Fontana, Del Club Terraza, Managua, Managua
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$126 per night from 17 Dec. to 17 Dec.
Located in the heart of Managua, this hotel is 1.5 mi (2.5 km) from Galerias Santo Domingo Shopping Center and 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Metrocentro. Carlos Roberto ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (45 reviews)
"Stay was great. Everything was clean and very nice. However they could serve breakfast starting at 6am so travelers can eat before They have to go to the airport."

Reviewed on 14 Nov. 2021

DoubleTree by Hilton Managua
Best Western Las Mercedes Airport
Best Western Las Mercedes Airport
3 out of 5
Km 11.5 Carretera Norte, Managua
The price is AU$125 per night from 21 Dec. to 21 Dec.
Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Multicentro Las Americas Shopping Center, Carlos Roberto Huembes Market and Managua Cathedral. ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (991 reviews)
"Very convenient airport hotel across the street from Managua Intl airport. Also very quiet and safe. The security at the front entrance and hotel staff were hospitable. The on site restaurant, La Pergola offered many menu options including the generous breakfast which is offered with the rate and ..."

Reviewed on 4 Nov. 2021

Best Western Las Mercedes Airport
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Verona Aparthotel
Verona Aparthotel
3 out of 5
Reparto San Juan, Sur de la UCA, 2C al Este, Calle La Esperanza, Managua
The price is AU$90 per night from 13 Dec. to 13 Dec.
Situated in Managua, this aparthotel is 0.6 mi (0.9 km) from Central American University and 2.2 mi (3.6 km) from Carlos Roberto Huembes Market. Metrocentro ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (18 reviews)
"I loved this place ❤️"

Reviewed on 3 Sep. 2021

Verona Aparthotel
Onix Apartments
Onix Apartments
2.5 out of 5
De Hotel Seminole, 1c sur, 1c oeste, Managua
The price is AU$107 per night from 3 Jan. to 3 Jan.
Located in the heart of Managua, this aparthotel is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Metrocentro and 1.9 mi (3 km) from Carlos Roberto Huembes Market. Central American University ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (8 reviews)
"Laid back, easy access to everything, friendliness , only problem was the a.c in one of the rooms that didn’t work, and they charge for people not rooms."

Reviewed on 12 Aug. 2021

Onix Apartments
Casa La Sultana - Luxury Designer Home
Casa La Sultana - Luxury Designer Home
Granada, Granada Department
Located in the heart of Granada, this romantic villa is within a 5-minute walk of Convento San Francisco Plaza and San Francisco Convent and Cultural Center. ...
5/5 Exceptional! (1 review)
Fantastic, eclectic escape.
"We had a fantastic time at La Sultana. Beautiful home, generous spaces and the pool at the center of the patio is just such a nice feature. Walking distance of most great restaurants. We loved it; thank you!"

Reviewed on 19 Apr. 2021

Casa La Sultana - Luxury Designer Home
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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