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Hello! I'm a solo female traveler and I'm arriving in Managua at 130pm. I've read on this forum that it is safest to take a taxi or paxeo at night, but I'd prefer not to spend $40 on travel. Is it safe for me to just take a bus from Managua to Granada in the afternoon? It's just me and my backpack, no big luggage.
Thank you for any help you can offer!
My buddy and I are traveling up the west coast of Costa Rica (using shuttle buses) into Nicaragua to San Juan Del Sur start of December. The catch is that I am paralyzed from the waiste down and in a wheelchair, but am very fit and an experienced traveler (just came back from three weeks in thailand). I have a few questions. How far is San Juan Del Sur from the border, and roughly how much would a cab be to get us from the border to there? And then what is the best way to get from San Juan Del Sur to Managua Airport. Our itinerary is Santa Teresa CR from 11/29/13-12/8/13 then plan to either go somewhere and stop before we cross to Nicaragua or just go straight there and spend 12/8/13-12/17/13 there. My wheelchair folds up nicely and fits in my cars truck, so it would not be hard to fit it in a tight place. Im also looking at hostels in San Juan Del Sur that would have rooms on the gro... more »
Hi, I am looking for a finca in Nicaragua for 2-5 days' horse riding trip. This could either be a trek from A to B, or simply a stay at a finca with a decent amount of riding per day (at least 4hrs but more would be good). Has anyone had a nice experience anywhere in Nicaragua? Something with a cabin or a basic room included -plus meals, as I am expecting it will be somewhere quite far- and of course well-kept, energetic horses! Many thanks!
Nicaragua turned out to be one of our favourite places we've visited so far!
We drove up from south to north, passing amongst others Isla de Ometepe, Leon, and Esteli.
Read about it here: http://www.yesmads.com/category/nicaragua/
If you have any questions, feel free to ask!
Wout and Lucy
I am trying to figure out what the best and cheapest way to The Corn Islands from Bocas Del Toro.
what is the easiest and most safe way to travel from the airport to Granada? I will be arriving at night and do not want to spent the night at the airport , downtown or at the Best Western and Paxeos is to expensive for me. Thx for responding..!
I read a lot of back and forth in the responses. Someone makes a general statement about an area, or place, and another person responds with "there goes so and so again, they havent been to the country in years/months/ever"
Or posts that are in response to other posts saying things like "beware of posters who give advice without ever being to the country".
So i was wondering, who on the Nicaragua forum actually currently lives here in Nicaragua, and/or spends the majority of their time here for an extended period (maybe you live here 8 or 9 months out of the year on a permanent basis, etc). It doesnt count if you used to live here 10 years ago, or spent 3 weeks here in 2006.
Its not al... more »
Will finally be returning to Nicaragua after a 6 year absence and very much looking forward to it. However I'm just wondering if anyone knows if much has changed since, i.e. price wise, accommodation, types of tourist, etc. Also I've been searching the threads and no one seems to have anything good to say about SJDS. Last time I went it was quite laid back, had maybe 4 or 5 bars by SJDS beach and not a great selection of backpacker hostels in the centre, however from what some people seem to be saying it sounds like its turned into south east Ko Phan Ngan with surf! Is this an over reaction or should I expect to find hundreds of drunken gringos roaming the streets every night? Our alterior motive for going is to actually scour the country for a nice place to open a hostel and I'm worried we might end up wasting our time checking SJDS out when we could be somewhere more up ... more »
Hi - I am studying Spanish and staying with a family in San Juan del Sur with my 7 & 9 yr olds. It's unclear how easy it is to relay on taxis and public transportation to get to beach and probably one or two day trips to Granada We will mostly be staying around san juan del sur so seems a waste to rent a car, but I want lots of flexibility in getting to and from beaches with my kids so am concerned about having to adhere to bus schedules - and it sounds like taxis have become very expensive (when I lived there in 1996 you could take a taxi anywhere on pacific side for about $10)
Does anyone have any advice about whether I should rent or if it will be fine just using taxis and buses? BTW I have a very limited budget!
Looking to do a "mini-surf camp" - 4/5 days in Nicaragua the week of July 4th, prolly starting the weekend before. Anyway, its much cheaper if you do more than one person. Anyway if anyone is interested. I am a beginner, but you don't have to be.
I don't usually spend this much when traveling, but I like the idea of the occasional splurge. I like the idea of $575 versus $750 even more....
I've read up on quite a few posts on this forum about safety in Nicaragua, and about the Managua-Granada route in particular, but still can't tell what the best solution is in my situation. So maybe you could help me with your opinions?
I'm a solo female traveller in my 20s headed to Nicaragua in mid-June for 2.5 weeks. I've travelled alone through places in Eastern Europe and India, and was in Costa Rica and Panama last spring for 5 weeks (with a travel partner though), so I generally feel comfortable with the idea of travelling by myself in the country. However, my flight arrives at 6pm in Managua and I'd ideally like to head right to Granada that evening. I know it's not late, but since the sun will have set by the time I'm on the road, I'm not sure if I should make the trip the day I arrive, or stay at the Best Western (as I've seen recommended) until the next m... more »
Can I just turn up look around to find where I want to stay, or do I need to make reservations? Is june busy?
Sugestons welcome- I am traveling alone.
Another one from the person headed to Nica over the Christmas holidays. Doing some VERY advance planning.
We love to fish. We'll be in Grenada and on Ometepe for a few days each. Any places that will take us out fishing...and, ideally, maybe cook up the fish with us? We'd love to rent a boat and head out on our own, but would also be interested in actually catching something, which probably means needing a guide.
So, any recommendations? And has anyone on here actually done any fishing in Nicaragua?
Hi all -
My husband and I are planning a trip to Nica over Christmas (only 10-11 days...he's a teacher). I am assuming everything will be pretty much shut down on Xmas day, so we're probably best off not trying to move that day but rather staying in one place. Given our very draft itinerary, Grenada seems most likely.
But my question - if we stay in one place on that one day should we be fine on 12/24, 12/26, etc in terms of transportation, places being open, etc? Or are a lot of things likely to be closed that whole week? Seems unlikely given high tourist season, but you never know.
Also - is there generally anything interesting happening in Grenada for Christmas? We're not religious folk, but I know sometimes being in a more religious country on a major holiday can be kind of fun. What usually goes on, or are most people just home with family?
Also - we'll be ... more »
2-3 adults, 2 weeks Nicaragua in July (after Costa). Ometepe, Granada for sure, Leon and NW coast probably. Depart via Managua. Should one reserve hotel rooms at this time of year? I don't like having to keep a schedule. Maybe for Rivas day before Ometepe? How about for Masaya - there doesn't seem to be many on line listings there? Don't need 3 star room but if that's what you can find to reserve on line, I could spring for one or two.
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