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Getting around by air

With the completion of the new paved road linking San Carlos and Managua, flights to and from the region are now infrequent and often sell out, so book in advance.

The San Carlos airport is a 3km, US$1 cab ride from downtown San Carlos. La Costeña operates compact, 12-seat planes on Thursday and Sunday leaving San Carlos for San Juan de Nicaragua (one way/return US$55/85, 30 minutes) at 12:55pm. Going the other direction, flights for Ometepe (one way/return US$55/85, 20 minutes) and Managua (one way/return US$76/116, 50 minutes) depart at 2:15pm – although the schedule is flexible and you may be sent on a scenic flight down the river to San Juan before heading to Managua directly from there; make sure to check in early.