Traveling to Nicaragua is a pleasure, but having vacation in Nicaragua is even more pleasure. We would love to share some of our experiences to help people going there with some information on getting around and to encourage others to come and see this tropical paradise with loving and friendly people. All the info in these pages is based on our direct experiences and is accompanied with pictures for better illustration.
Tips about your arrival
The main Nicaraguan airport "Augusto Sandino" is well maintained and very easy accessible. There are no restrictions for walking in, out and around the airport. Upon arrival be prepared to pay $5.00 to INTUR (Nicaraguan Institute of Tourism) at the immigration boot.
When you are all done just walk out to the highway. This passage is in the middle of the parking lot.
And your bus is arriving in front of you. Watch the sign above the window for the right destination.
For the first time visitors in Nicaragua we definitely made the right choice to first go to Southern Nicaragua - the Romantic Granada. The right choice because this part of the country is more prepared and organized and has a lot to offer for international tourism - the conclusion came after we had also visited some other areas.
Getting there after you have arrived at Managua International airport is relatively easy and fast:
If you go north to Esteli, Ocotal, Matagalpa or any other place for which you need Panamericana Careterra (highway) your best option could also be bus to Tipitapa because you are already on your way - Panamericana is the highway passing by the airport.
Very good source of information that we found and used during our stay is ViaNica.com with full Bus Schedule and much more info about traveling, destinations, events, hotel and restaurant guides...