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This guide explores the top sights of Nicaragua including León and Granada.
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List of Destinations with the Best Hostels in Nicaragua
In case you have a city in mind, feel free to skip straight to that section.
The destinations covered in this guide are:
We put all hostels and backpacker places in Nicaragua on this big hostel map. It will help a lot of planning your Nicaragua Backpacking trip.
Best Hostels in León
Let’s kick start the adventure in León, a big city in western Nicaragua. The massive cathedral is certainly striking, and there are volcanoes nearby!
Other reasons that may pull you to León probably include the salsa dancing, diverse food and fun street art.
And of course these four great hostels to choose from:
1. The Spot Leon
Would you believe us if we said The Spot is the spot to be in Leon? You soon will!
Here are 6 reasons why this is the spot for you:
- Laidback atmoshpere
- Weekly activities
- Yummy burgers
- Garden with hammocks
- One of the best sushi in Leon
- 15 minutes from the beach
As for rooms, there is a 6-bed mixed dorm and a double private.
Location: 2-minutes from Central Park and within short walking distance to all of the major sights. Spot on.
Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com
2. Poco a Poco Hostel
Aside from the cool name, Poco a Poco Hostel specialise in fun vibes.
How could you fail to smile when there is option to go Volcano Boarding after a free welcome drink and breakfast?!
Many more activities are on offer, too. Join a food tour or spice it up a little with a salsa session.
Dorm rooms come with 4, 8 and 10-beds. There is also a private option for 2 or 4 people.
Location: right in the historical area just two blocks from central square. An ATM, bars and restaurants are close by to the hostel.
3. Casa Lula
Casa Lula is housed in a 200 year old colonial home that surrounds a beautiful open courtyard garden.
Make use of the business-grade WiFi and rustle up something yummy in the shared kitchen. There is even Netflix!
Staff are at hand 24/7 to show you to your room.
Solo travellers can opt for the 6-bed dorm. Couples might prefer a double private.
Location: a mere 200m from the Cathedral, Central Park and Central Market. Easy.
Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com
4. Hostal La Tortuga Booluda
No doubt the words ‘swimming pool’ will grab your attention.
Yep; Hostal La Tortuga Booluda boasts an outdoor pool and a cute little turtle called Tito.
It’s a hostel that’s more like a home, and far from a party place. Relax and unwind here easily.
- Free breakfast
- Range of musical instruments
- Book exchange
- Self-service bar
Location: situated 3.5 blocks from Central Park, in a safe residential street. All of the city’s attractions plus bars and restaurants are a short walk away.
Best Hostels in Las Peñitas: Mano a Mano Eco Hostal
Just a short (but sweaty) bus ride from León is a fishing village and tourist beach community called Las Peñitas.
It’s the place to go for beach, surf and beachfront cafes.
And honestly, once you arrive at Mano a Mano Eco Hostal you might never leave.
It’s built up of completely recycled and organic materials with amazing beach views.
Get your yoga on, take a surf class (or ten) and chill in the beach bar and restaurant.
To top it off the bedrooms are absolutely gorgeous. Private suites come with a hammock and dorm beds are made from bamboo.
Location: quite literally by the sandy beach of Las Peñitas, a surfers paradise. Need we say more?
Best Hostels in Managua: Manyaku Hostel
The capital city of Nicaragua! A city like many others, you may just find yourself passing through.
Just in case, we found a chill accommodation for you.
Manyaku Hostel is brand new on the scene, calling themselves an alternative hostel.
The artistic expression of the place is cool. Supporting local creativity, the garage/patio/bar is a place for music, painting and theatre.
Enjoy a splash in the garden pool and enjoy the use of a fully-equipped kitchen.
Location: In the heart of Managua, 2 blocks from the Metrocentro shopping area. Bus stations and a supermarket are within walking distance.
Best Hostels in Granada
Not to be confused with the Granada in Spain, though the weather might trick you into thinking you are there.
Photographers eat your heart out – the Old Town is one to be captured.
The coolest hostels in Granada are:
1. Hostel De Boca en Boca
Hostel De Boca en Boca has many things to entice travellers, including:
- An open kitchen (& free breakfast)
- Bar & free coffee
- Rooftop area
Every dorm bed includes linen, reading light and a little spot for your drinking bottle. A big locker also includes a charging point.
Location: right in the centre of Granada, 2 blocks from Central Park. Less than 30-minutes from kayaking, zip lining, crater swimming and chocolate making opportunities.
2. El Caite Hostel
Coming in a close second is the atmospheric El Caite Hostel.
You’ll easily spend most of your time in the pool or swinging in a hammock. We won’t judge.
Fun: Caite is a Nahault word meaning shoes or sandals.
Depending on your budget, you can choose a room with or without A/C. Female solo travellers can opt for a female dorm.
Location: In one of the most privileged parts of Granada, minutes from Fortaleza de la Pólvora.
Best Hostels in Laguna de Apoyo: Paradiso Hostel
On the edge of Apoyo Lagoon, in a small area called La Laguna is a pretty impressive place we want you to discover. It’s also within shuttle distance of Granada.
Leave the fast-paced life behind and settle down in nature at Paradiso Hostel.
The well stocked bar and restaurant serves homemade food and delicious cocktails at a fair price.
Then all that’s left to do is play! You’ll have direct access to the water, free kayaks, volleyball and a water dock to make use of.
Best Hostels in Popoyo: Escondite Pacifico
Looking for beach, beach and even more beach? We reckon you’ll like Popyo, in that case.
Get active and engage in ecologically committed accommodation with Escondite Pacifico.
It’s right bang on the shores of Playa Guascate – hit the waves and wind down with some yoga afterwards.
Go crazy and enjoy the great food menu, cold beers and fun movie nights on the big outdoor screen.
Location: a tranquil beach paradise where there is only waves, jungle and silence. Oh and cool party options nearby such as Big Surf House and Viento Este Pizza.
Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com
Best Hostels in Ometepé (Balgue): La Urraca Loca Hostel
In case you’re a little confused; Ometepé is a small island in Lake Cocibolca, and Balgue is the area where you’ll find La Urraca Loca Hostel.
And might we say, what a gem!
Get lost amongst the flowers and fruit trees. Watch the hummingbirds and capuchin monkeys from the hammock. Admire two volcanoes from the garden. Take a Spanish lesson.
There are both dorm and private rooms with a shared bathroom on offer.
Location: Two minutes from the bus stop, close to local people and next to a forest. Plenty of restaurants and shops around the hostel.
Best Hostels in Big Corn Island: Mimundo Corn Island Hostel
About 70 kilometres east of Nicaragua are two Corn Islands. Let’s venture to the Big one!
Mimundo Corn Island Hostel happens to be the first (and so far only) hostel on the island. It also happens to be the perfect place to enjoy paradise.
The ocean is practically on the doorstep. And the balcony is an ideal spot for sunrise and sunset.
There is also a bar, free Wifi and small dorms with 4-beds.
Best Hostels in San Juan del Sur: Hush Maderas
You made it right to the end of the guide, we’re impressed. You won’t regret it!
Hush Maderas might be last in the list, but it’s certainly not the least exciting.
How do you like the sound of:
- Infinity pool w/ lounge area
- 180 degrees of ocean views
- Sunset yoga on the rooftop
It’s an 100% off-grid eco-lodge running purely on solar power!
Tip: book for at least 3-4 nights to really soak it all in. It books fast.
Every room has an ensuite and patio with sitting area. The breakfast is also free. Race you!
Location: Situated in Playa Maderas near to some of the finest attractions. This includes Cristo de la Misericordia and Museo del Chocolate.
All Best Hostels in Nicaragua on a Map
Below we have put ALL of the greatest hostels in Nicaragua mentioned in this article on a map.
That’s because we want to make your planning as hassle free and straight forward as possible!
We’ve marked them as follows:
- Design Hostels: Blue
- Backpacker-Type Hostel: Orange
- Other recommendations: Purple
(View full sized map here)
More Hostels in the Americas
There are many, many awesome hostels in the Americas to be discovered and enjoyed, including out-of-this-world 5 star hostels.
Easy: find all of the best hostels in Central America here.
We’ve gone one step further and created these awesome guides to more Central American destination:
- 44 coolest hostels in Costa Rica – for backpacker and glamping
- Fauna Luxury Hostel as part of the best hostels in San Jose Costa Rica
- Casa Zen Guesthouse, Santa Teresa
- The Pipe House in Playa Grande
- Cucuruchos Boutique Hostel in Antigua, Guatemala
By now you should have the answer to your question where to stay in Nicaragua. Which of the beautiful hostels in Nicaragua have you fallen in love with? Let us know!
This guide is your shortcut to your hostel-picks, saving you lots of time in your accommodation research.
And for sure, it gives you the security of a top-hostel choice without any bad surprises.
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Your Smart Packing List
It is time to see what you should pack in your backpack or suitcase. Make sure you always pick a quality hostel, it totally reduces the things you need to pack. Here is our ultimate hostel packing list. It features 23 items you should really throw in your backpack.The most important things to pack are:
- eye mask
- key chain flashlight
- the right backpack, the Nomatic (our review of Nomatic here) or Lowe Alpine Lightflite 45 Pack
- packing cubes
- generic padlock (fitting all locker types)
- quick-dry travel towel
- universal power adapter
- travel-sized toiletries