Lake Nicaragua is among the top 25 largest lakes in the world. There are over three thousand square miles of Lake Nicaragua, and dozens of islands to explore and even stay overnight on. Some of the islands are close by boat, only fifteen minutes from Granada, or under one hour from Managua. Some are inhabited, such as Ometepe, and some are so small they seem like dots on the surface of this vast body of water. There are several resorts and lots of excursions in and around Lake Nicaragua. Let’s explore just a few of them and you can get started on planning your Nicaragua vacation right here!

Rio San Juan flows all the way to the Caribbean Sea, and supports an amazing diversity of species. Sharks swim up the river from the Caribbean and can be found in Lake Nicaragua (Or say the legend says!)


Ometepe is Lake Nicaragua’s largest island, and hosts two towns and a total population of 35,000. Things to do on Ometepe include visiting one of two volcanoes (There are some incredible hikes which are well worth doing if you have the time!), going to Santo Domingo Beach and visiting the Ojo de Agua, a natural spring with beautiful water that is said to have healing powers – This really is a must see, in the heart of the island and a great place to take a break and have a swim in. There are also a lagoon, a waterfall, lots of agriculture, and miles and miles of trails to explore.

Getting to Ometepe from San Juan del Sur: Take a taxi directly to San Jorge or a cheaper but slower alternative is you can get a bus to Rivas and a taxi from there to San Jorge. From San Jorge you can get to the Ometepe main port (Moyogalpa) by boat or ferry for about 2 USD.

Taking a boat from San Jorge is the fastest way, taking about one hour to get to the main port in Moyogalpa. Ferries are bigger than the regular boats and can also take cars. This boat will take you to the north side of the island, to the city of Altagracia.

Ferry times: 7.45 am, 8.30 am, 10.30 am, 12.00 pm, 2.30 pm*, 4.00 pm, 5.45 pm

Boat times: 9.00 am*, 9.30 am, 11.30 am*, 1.30 pm, 3.30 pm, 4.30 pm*

Prices: $2-$4

* excludes sundays

(Prices and times are subject to change)

Travel time: 1 hr approximately