Travel to and in Nicaragua
Getting around Nicaragua is not as easy as it is in other countries… but that doesn't mean it is difficult to do. Instead of flying between cities, you're more likely to catch a bus or hire a car. Finding a place to stay isn't all that difficult either. All you need to do is make sure that you know where you are going and check what services are available to you in those places. So explore the various Nicaraguan travel options before giving up on the idea of visiting this great country.
There are a number of reasonable hotels in Nicaragua that provide decent accommodation. Most of them accept Visa, MasterCard and American Express - or you can pay in dollars if you are running short on the local currency. Otherwise you can pay in Cordobas. Hotel staff are generally friendly and speak either English, Spanish or a combination of the two. Make sure you book ahead to secure your room – especially during the holiday season or during festival time.
There are a few car hire agencies in Nicaragua that provide most of the basic services. You can expect to choose from a variety of cars – from jeeps to hit the beaches with or more common compact cars. You could even choose a luxury car or sedan if you wanted to. You can expect to present the necessary paperwork as well as organize insurance and fuel for the vehicle you are going to be driving. Most car rental agencies in Nicaragua are part of a global chain and so uphold more or less the same standards as branches in other countries.
There are a fair number of airports in Nicaragua. All of them are paved and cater to civilian usage. While there are quite a few large ones, only the Augusto Cesar Sandino airport in Managua has published an instrument approach procedure and has a customs service that is open during airport hours. Some airports are reasonably short and are only suitable for small aircraft. Most of the bigger landing strips can receive aircraft from other countries. There are quite a few connecting flights in the country, but most of the air traffic is from people coming and going from Nicaragua to their home countries.