You are likely to want to keep in touch with family and friends during your stay in Nicaragua. Nicaragua's communications infrastructure allows you to do this in a variety of ways. From land line telephones to Internet access in Nicaragua, we provide a basic guide on communications in Nicaragua.
The country code for Nicaragua is +505. International calls made to telephones outside of Nicaragua can be made by means of direct dialing or through and international operator, these can be quite expensive depending on where you are calling. Enitel is the main telephone operator in Nicaragua. Most tourist destinations within Nicaragua will have land line connections. However in certain areas, particularly in rural settlements, there are no telephone lines. IDD is available in Nicaragua. Telephone charges can change so you should therefore consult the telephone company to find out the costs.
Due to the increase in popularity of cellular phones, Nicaragua is quickly expanding its cellular services and infrastructure. Cellular network operators continue to improve their services and coverage. The best cellular coverage is in and around major cities, but reception is available throughout the country. SIM cards can be purchased in Nicaragua and are inexpensive, enabling you to make calls at local rates. Cellular phone rental is also an option.
Post offices are scattered throughout Nicaragua and offer efficient and inexpensive service. Postage charges will obviously depend on what you are sending, but sending a simple postcard is cheap. As with all postage systems, delivery is not guaranteed but your message is very likely to reach its destination. Postage stamps can be purchased from post offices.
Internet connections are available in the majority of Nicaragua’s cities, making Internet access in Nicaragua quite wide. There are around 12 628 Internet Hosts in Nicaragua. Nicaragua’s Internet providers make use of new technology and can support 56K connections. Unfortunately the connections are very slow, thus limiting the types of activities for which the Internet can be used. However, the Internet is suitably adequate for sending e-mails. Nicaragua’s government subsidizes the country’s Internet cafés and therefore charges are inexpensive. Internet cafes are great if you want to browse the Internet or send e-mails. Many of them are set up with hi-tech computers, air-conditioning and even coffee shops. You can also make less expensive international calls from Internet cafés by means of VOIP systems. Using this system you can make calls to standard telephones through the computer at reduced rates. Different Internet Service Providers offer different rates, contact them to find out what these are. Most luxury hotels and several mid-range hotels provide Internet access for their guests. Inquire about this service when booking into your hotel. Wireless Internet access in Nicaragua is available only in certain major cities and in specific locations.
Mass media in Nicaragua includes television, radio and the press. The press is probably the most influential and easily accessed form of mass communication in the country. Find out more about the press and newspapers on Nicaragua.com’s Newspaper page. There are several TV channels in Nicaragua offering news and entertainment. Learn more about TV in Nicaragua on our “TV” page. A large number of radio stations operate throughout Nicaragua with music programs, talk shows and news. Visit our “Radio” page for more information on this.