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Itinerary advice and travel during Semana Santa

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Itinerary advice and travel during Semana Santa

My boyfriend and I are going to Nicaragua April 3rd (getting in around 11:30a) and leaving April 13th (also around noon). It sounds like seeing the street art in Leon is something special and not worth missing. Yes? We're trying to figure out our plans and would like to spend a few days on Little Corn scuba diving. Is it so crazy during Semana Santa that it would be worth just doing Little Corn first and then doing Leon and the rest after? Or is it worth the hustle to be there in the city during the holiday?

In terms of itinerary, we really want to do Cerro Negro and the camping and hiking to Telica (recs on companies doing those volcanos?). If we could get some kayaking and possible surfing in as well besides our time doing scuba on Little Corn, that would be optimal. It seems like Leon and the surrounding beaches offer all of this. Would it be a mistake to just split our time between Leon with the volcanos and beaches and Little Corn? And if you think it's worth doing Leon during Semana Santa, are there things we should do on certain days (we get in on Friday)? Also, in terms of transport, any tips on how to get from Managua to Leon? Cost? Oh! And if there happens to be some sort of hostel/treehouse in that area, that would be awesome. We're trying to stay generally within a low budget to fit in Little Corn, but are ok splurging if it's truly worth the experience.

Thanks for any help!

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1. Re: Itinerary advice and travel during Semana Santa

Leon is a good bet. Great city, volcanos and beaches. Las Penitas and Poneloya beaches - they are side by side - are about 20 minutes away from Leon, so you could do day trips, but you might want to stay overnight. At the end of Las Penitas there is a lagoon and you can rent kayaks and the surf looked great when we were there in December, so that meets someof your criteria.

We stayed at Lazybones Hostal in Leon and liked it. Quiet, affordable and best of all it had a nice little pool. We did the Cerro Negro tour with them and we´re happy. We stayed at Sol y Mar Bed and Breakfast at Las Penitas. Good location on the beach, you can use the refrigerator and they have a beautiful deck for watching the sunset.

Things do get crazy busy during Semana Santa. Expect the beaches near Leon to be crowded with locals and be prepared for some litter.

Grab a minibus to Leon from the UCA bus station. (A taxi will take you there.) The station is a little chaotic, but they will get you on and the fare is about $2.50 as I recall.

I haven´t been to the Corn Islands yet.

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