Below is some basic travel information for visitors to Nicaragua:
HEATH & SAFETY:
Nicaragua is statistically the safest country in Central America. It is also one of the safest countries for travel in the Americas.
Travelers should get vacinces for both Hepititis viruses and if traveling to remote Caribbean areas take malaria tablets.
Maleria is almost non existent on the Pacific side of Nicaragua. However, Dengue- West Nile Fever- is present. No vacine or cure exists. Cover up and use a good spray repeent containg Deet.
Water is generally OK to drink, however bottle is cheap and safer.
The national currency is the Cordoba however US Dollars are widely accepted as are all major credit cards.
TRAVEL TO AND FROM NICARAGUA:
Air; Managua International Airport is the only international airport in Nicaragua. It has direct flights from Atlanta, Houston and Miami.
Land; Nicaragua borders Costa Rica to the south and Honduras to the North. Coaches can be caught in Rivas, Granada and Managua going to most major cities in Central America.
Visitors from most countries can stay in Nicaragua for 30 or 90 days without a visa, as long as they have a passport valid for the next six months, proof of sufficient funds (US$200 and/ or a credit card) and an onward ticket. You can extend your visa for up to three months, for around US$2 per day. Alternately, you could leave the country for 72 hours, which automatically renews your visa.
Nicaragua is hot! It is not unusual in April for temperatures on the Pacific side to reach 100F. The mountain areas of Matagalpa and Jinotega are much coller particualarly after sunset.
The Northern cities of Leon and Chinandega are amost the hottest areas of the country.
Rainy season is between mid May and end of November, October is the raniest month. However it is very rare to have continuous rain for more than a day.
Normally showers are late afternoon or early evening.
WHERE TO VISIT:
For a 7 day vacation in Nicaragua then 4 nights in Granada and 4 nights on the beach is the best option.
For a 10 night stay you should consider visiting the Northen Colonial city of Leon and/ or the volcanic island of Ometepe.
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