You are looking for hostels in Nicaragua? Good news, you have come to the right place.
On this page we list every single city with hostels and other budget accommodations. Hostelz.com helps you to find your Nicaragua hostel and compare its prices on the major booking sites such as Hostelworld, Hostelsclub and Booking.com. So you can sleep on a budget and save money while backpacking Nicaragua.
We list every single hostel in Nicaragua and the world. In total, we have 24 cities in Nicaragua for you. Please note that not all cities actually have a hostel to stay in. Below you can filter for cities with hostels and with no hostels-type accommodation, but guesthouses and budget hotels. This will help your planning.
Alright, you are more the visual type? Planning your trip with a map is always handy.
Therefore, this map shows you all cities with hostels in Nicaragua. It will help you to plan your trip. Just zoom in the map and click your destination for more details. Just so you know: If we do not have a hostel in a city, it is likely that there is no hostel in that city.
Nicaragua is one of the most popular travel destinations in Central American, and it isn't hard to see why. There are ample things to see, do and experience here and to do it properly you will need a good few weeks. There are a good number of hostels in Nicaragua, public transport with the local buses is good, and you can get pretty well anywhere you want to go easily enough provided you have a little bit of Spanish.
Majority of the people in Nicaragua live in the western half of the country. From north to south you can stop off in León and go volcano boarding and explore the stunning architectures. There are some good beaches along this area, such as Poneloya, that have hostels you can stay at during your chilled out surf break. There's a huge number of hostels here ranging from good quality to poor quality and peaceful to party. Do your research before you book.
From León, if you have the time head northeast and go to Esteli and Matagalpa. Esteli has a lovely feel to it as a city and you can hire bicycles to get around. You can also take a day trip up to Somoto and go to the canyon.
Heading south you'll hit the capital city, Managua. This can be quite a dangerous town and it's not advised to spend too much time here unless you're flying in or out of somewhere. There are hostels in Managua that are quite good and many of them have excellent security.
Further south to this is the cool town of Granada. It has a huge selection of hostels, some very beautiful architecture, and other different museums that you can visit and check out. It should only take a day or two before moving on to Isla Ometepe which also has quite a few hostels.
Isla Ometepe is made of two volcanos that protrude up out of the lake. Volcan Concepciones and Volcan Maderas. You can hike both of them but you must have a guide. Maderas is through the jungle where as the larger of the two volcanoes, Concepciones, is very barren and should be started early to avoid hiking in the heat of the day. Around each of these volcanoes is a road that will take you on the bus to some of the smaller towns. You'll find hostels scattered along the way here. The lake scenery is stunning and the people are very friendly so take a couple of days to explore this amazing island.
San Juan Del Sur, near the Costa Rican border, is the most popular surf town in Nicaragua. The main stretch is filled with amazing restaurants and bars to chill in. There are ample hostels here and on Sunday's some of them join together to create an event known as Sunday Funday. It's a giant pool crawl from one massive pool to another in the area with alcohol and the hostels ferry you from one place to another in the back of a series of trucks. It's a load of fun and you should get involved. Do be careful not to be alone on the beach at night or anywhere in the town here as you will be a high target for muggers.
If you are up for a massive adventure, try Corn Island off the east coast of the mainland. You can take public transport for 12 to 24 hours from Managua over to Bluefields and catch the boat over with the locals or for those less adventurous, you can fly from Managua. If you have the time it is well worth the trip as Little Corn is a beautiful island.
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There is a lot of travel planning to do. So let us help you once again by putting together the frequently asked questions:
There is several hostel booking sites, such as Hostelworld.com, Hostelsclub.com and Booking.com. While every platform has its pros and cons, there is a universal truth you as a traveler should be aware of: Not a single booking site can always offer the best prices.
This is where Hostelz.com comes in. You can compare all major booking portals with one click.
For you as a traveler, Hostelz.com is the best booking site to actually save money.
Prices always vary, depending on various factors. Weekends tend to be more expensive, same goes for special holidays. Please also take into account local vaction time.
You can search for exacty hostel prices in Nicaragua here on Hostelz.com. Pick your destination and pick a date. The system will track down the prices to give an idea of what budget and prices you can expect.
If you want to stay at the best hostels, it is a good idea to have your hostel booked around 1 month before you travel. For the regular hostels, booking one week before should be okay. Yet again, this always depends.
We dedicated a full article to the topic of when to book hostels.
Generally speaking, hostels are as safe as you make them. We highly recommend always to bring your own padlock, using the lockers and taking care of your belongings. Make sure you pick a safe hostel, offering lockers and a safe location. Please always pay attention to the reviews; they can give you a great insight on what to expect and safety tips.