Getting around Nicaragua
Given the relative size of the country and the difficulty of some ground travel routes, internal flights are worth considering. La Costeña (www.tacaregional.com) and Atlantic Airlines (www.atlanticairlinesint.com) cover a wide range of internal routes.
Note: Managua International Airport charges an airport management fee of US$1.50 or local equivalent for travellers on domestic routes.
Side of road:Right
Lack of road safety is probably the biggest single hazard to travellers in Nicaragua.
Some main roads connecting major towns and cities are paved and in a reasonable state, but in general, road conditions are poor.
In the wet season especially, driving can be problematic.
It is advised not to drive at night.
Car hire: Available in Managua or at the airport from local and international companies. Cars with drivers can be hired.
Taxi: Available at the airport or in Managua. Prices should be agreed before departure. A map of each area in the city determines taxi prices. No tip is expected.
Regulations: Speed limits vary according to the type of road, but these are rarely enforced.
Documentation: National licences are only valid for 30 days. Insurance is essential.
Getting around towns and cities:
The bus and minibus services in Managua are cheap, but they can be both crowded and confusing. Authorised taxis have red licence plates.
There is no passenger rail service at present.
A twice-weekly boat service runs between Bluefields and the Corn Islands. It is also possible to visit the 300 or so islands on Lake Nicaragua, which are very beautiful.