Frequently Asked Questions
Where is Nicaragua exactly?
Nicaragua is located in Central America. It borders with Costa Rica to the south and with Honduras to the north.
How large is the country?
Nicaragua is 129,494 square kilometers in size.
What is the population of Nicaragua?
There are about 5 million in total population and of those 5 million, 1.5 million reside in the capital, Managua.
What are the most important cities within Nicaragua?
Managua is the economic and governmental capital of the country. Leon is the second in terms of overall size/population and Granada is the most popular in terms of tourism, historical interest, architecture and nightlife.
Which is the main language spoken in Nicaragua?
Spanish. However English is spoken/understood by many in the tourism industry.
What is Nicaragua's climate like?
It indeed has a very tropical climate. The rainy season, which is considered the winter here, starts in May and ends in October. The dry season, which is considered the summer here, starts in November and ends in April. The average temperature hovers between 25 and 35 degrees Celsius (77 to 95 degrees Fahrenheit) year-round. December and January are notably the milder months of the year, temperature-wise.
What is Nicaragua's currency?
The “Córdoba”. The current exchange rate is about 25 Córdobas to every U.S. Dollar. U.S. Dollars are accepted throughout Nicaragua.
Which vaccinations are necessary to take prior to visiting Nicaragua?None are required by the X.
What is Nicaragua’s time zone?-7 from GM.
What kind of public transportation does Nicaragua offer?
It offers a large nationwide bus network which provides connections to international bus lines and domestic airports.
Which travel documents must I have in order to properly enter Nicaragua?
A passport with 6 months’ validity is required to enter Nicaragua. A visa is not required for almost all nationalities however; a ‘tourist card’ must be purchased for US$10.00 upon arrival. Tourist cards are typically issued for 30 to 90 days.
A valid entry stamp is required to properly exit Nicaragua. Please pay close attention to the authorized time of stay that will be stated on your entry stamp by the immigration inspector upon entering the country. Visitors remaining more than the authorized time of stay must obtain an official extension from Nicaraguan Immigration via http://www.migracion.gob.ni/. Failure to do so will prevent/delay your departure until an additional fine is paid.
There is also a US$32.00 departure tax due upon leaving the country. Many airlines include this tax within their actual airfare price. If the tax is not included in the ticket however, the payment can be made at the airline counter upon departure.
Are credit cards accepted throughout Nicaragua?
Mayor credit cards such as Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Diners Club and others are widely accepted in hotels and restaurants in most major cities here such as Managua, Granada, Leon, San Juan del Sur, Masaya, Matagalpa, Jinotega, Chinandega, Estelí, Rivas, Bluefields and others. Notwithstanding, we do however recommend always carrying a bit of local cash (in low nominations) for small incidental purchases possibly made along the way. Some souvenirs shops, smaller restaurants and bars sometimes do not accept credit cards, so please keep that in mind.
How much should I plan to spend during my trip?
Nicaragua is known as the least expensive country in all of Central America and the Caribbean. A high-quality meal in a good restaurant or hotel can cost you anywhere between US$10.00 to US$15.00 per person. It’s also worth mentioning though that one can also grab a quick bit to eat on the street here for US$2.00 – US$3.50. A bottle of local beer (Victoria or Toña) comes to about US$0.65 to US$1.75, depending on where you buy it. Most prices in Granada’s city market are very reasonable and quite affordable. A decent-sized handmade hammock can be easily acquired for US$20.00; a t-shirt for as little as US$3.00; local art paintings for US$20.00; a bottle of 7-year high-quality rum for just US$8.00.
For those who prefer to drive, a liter of gasoline is costing about US$1.30 these days and around US$1.20 per liter for diesel fuel.
Is my cell phone going to work in Nicaragua?
Your cell phone indeed can be used in Nicaragua if and when it it has been unlocked. Please also note that your present cell phone provider would need to have a current roaming contract with “Claro”, the local Nicaraguan cell phone company here that is under the ownership of ‘America Movil’. Claro’s signal covers most of the country. There are limited dead areas such as in certain forests and in generally remote areas of Nicaragua where a signal is difficult or just not possible to get. In the event you arrive here and end up without cell service at all, then there are lots of “internet cafes” throughout most towns and cities where you can easily make phone calls worldwide at very affordable prices.
What are Nicaragua’s most traditional foods?
The list would include: “Gallo Pinto”, rice, small red beans, a cabbage-based salad, fried bananas and plantains and a variety of delicious meats. Nicaraguan cuisine is varied and quite delectable.
Which is the most practiced religion in Nicaragua?
Catholicism is the most practiced religion in this country.
Is catching Malaria a risk in Nicaragua?No it is not.
Is using a foreign driver’s license a problem in Nicaragua?
Not at all. Visitors can use their driver’s licenses or permits from their country of residence for thirty days as of their entry date to Nicaragua.
Is it safe to travel to Nicaragua?
Yes, it is. Today in Nicaragua, there is total peace and absolute freedom for all who live and visit here. Also, its people are very welcoming and friendly.
Nicaragua’s past political unrest in the 1980s, in addition to natural disasters that made headlines around the world in past, have effectively damaged the country’s reputation as a safe/great tourism destination for many years. Fortunately however, Nicaragua has in recent years overcome that stigma by showing itself to be a nation capable of picking itself up, overcoming great obstacles, and working hard to attempt to realize its true full potential.
What kind of attire should I plan on bringing on my trip?
Nicaragua is a tropical country with two main seasons:
1- the dry season and
2- the rainy season, or as they’re referred to locally here “summer and winter” respectively.
By and large, Nicaragua is sunny and warm all year round, keeping steady temperatures of about 85 degrees Fahrenheit (29.4 degrees Celsius). You should plan on bringing light clothing such as shorts, cotton-based t-shirts, sneakers/comfortable walking shoes, hats and/or caps. If you plan to hike Nicaragua’s volcanoes, travel to El Rio San Juan or plan on coming during the rainy season (between the months of May and October), then we suggest to also bring along some good long trousers, hiking boots and a light raincoat.
Do I need an international driver’s license to drive a car rental in Nicaragua?
No, you will only need your valid driver’s license from your country of origin to drive in Nicaragua. Roads leading to the most important tourist attractions are in good condition. While you are traveling, you may run into occasional police check points where officers check for proper vehicle documentation and individuals’ personal identification. Most often however, Nicaraguan policemen are respectful and understanding of foreign tourists.