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Essential information

At a glance

‘Hello’ in:
‘hola’
(o-la)
Spanish
Plug type a
Electricity
120V/60hz
Jun-Mar
Best time to go
Dry

Money and costs

Currency
Cordobas (C$)
Exchange Rates
Rates provided by Open Exchange Rates. Last updated September 19, 2018 5:30AM UTC
Daily Costs
Budget (up to)
US$35
  • Dorm bed: US$9–15
  • Typical meal: US$4
  • Museum admission: US$2
  • Local bus: US$0.15–1
Midrange
US$35–80
  • Double bed in a midrange hotel: US$20–45
  • Restaurant meal: US$10–12
  • Adventure tour: US$25–30
  • Short taxi ride: US$2–3
Top end (more than)
US$80
  • Double bed in a luxury hotel: US$80–120
  • Gourmet meal: US$18–22
  • Car hire: US$40–60
  • Internal flight: US$100–120

Visas

Generally not required for stays up to three months.

Get the latest visa advice for Nicaragua from our community.

When to go and weather

°C°F
mmin
NIC
Southwestern Nicaragua
Go Jan–Dec
Mar – May
31258778
Jun – Aug
30268678
Sep – Nov
29258578
Dec – Feb
29258576
J
F
M
A
M
J
J
A
S
O
N
D
Low Season
Shoulder Season
High Season
Masaya & Los Pueblos Blancos
Go Dec–Aug
Mar – May
34249474
Jun – Aug
32238974
Sep – Nov
31238873
Dec – Feb
31218869
J
F
M
A
M
J
J
A
S
O
N
D
Low Season
Shoulder Season
High Season
Granada
Go Dec–May
Mar – May
33239373
Jun – Aug
31238873
Sep – Nov
31228872
Dec – Feb
32218970
J
F
M
A
M
J
J
A
S
O
N
D
Low Season
Shoulder Season
High Season
Managua
Go Sep–Apr
Mar – May
34239373
Jun – Aug
32248974
Sep – Nov
31228872
Dec – Feb
32218970
J
F
M
A
M
J
J
A
S
O
N
D
Low Season
Shoulder Season
High Season
Isla de Ometepe
Go Jan–Dec
Mar – May
31268979
Jun – Aug
30268678
Sep – Nov
30258577
Dec – Feb
29258576
J
F
M
A
M
J
J
A
S
O
N
D
Low Season
Shoulder Season
High Season
Corn Islands
Go Sep–Apr
Mar – May
29238575
Jun – Aug
29258476
Sep – Nov
29238474
Dec – Feb
29238373
J
F
M
A
M
J
J
A
S
O
N
D
Low Season
Shoulder Season
High Season

Getting to Nicaragua

Nicaragua is accessible by air via the international airport in Managua, by road using four major border crossings with Honduras and Costa Rica (plus another crossing to Costa Rica at San Pancho – Las Tabillas, which sees few visitors), and by boat between El Salvador and Potosí, and Costa Rica and San Carlos.

Flights, cars and tours can be booked online at www.lonelyplanet.com/bookings.

Flights to Nicaragua

The best price found from United States to Nicaragua is on November 5th, 2018, travelling with Spirit Airlines. See more options, compare prices and book: search flights.

BWI
Baltimore Washington International
from $177.00
MGA
Managua

Getting around Nicaragua

Transport in Nicaragua is functional rather than comfortable.

Flights Moderately priced and the fastest way to travel; however, they only serve more remote destinations. Often slightly delayed, but rarely canceled.

Car Renting a car enables travel at your own pace and access to off-the-beaten-track destinations. There is not much traffic on the roads outside Managua and driving in Nicaragua is fairly stress-free (aside from traffic cop encounters).

Buses Nicaragua's old-school buses are slow and uncomfortable but will get you anywhere you want to go for next to nothing. There are more comfortable, but far from luxurious, coach services to some long-distance destinations.

Shuttles Tourist-oriented and air-conditioned, these minivans are the fastest and most comfortable way of traveling between popular destinations.

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