Traveling to Costa Dulce
After a year of challenging travel it is now reasonably easy to get to Nicaragua.
Here is how it works: You book the flights. We arrange the rest.
Available airports: Liberia (Costa Rica), San José (Costa Rica) and Managua (Nicaragua)
Once you’re there one of our professional private drivers will pick you up directly at the airport and bring you all the way to us.
If you land in Costa Rica then the drivers will help you with the border crossing into Nicaragua.
From 5th April onwards the land border to Costa Rica will be open both ways. So you can fly out of Liberia, San José or Managua.
If you need a COVID-19 test to reenter your home country you can take the test either in Managua or in Costa Rica. We can take you to Managua to get the test and you can combine the trip with a visit of the volcano or Laguna de Apoyo, if you wish to. The test center in Managua offers same day results, but if you don’t register for your test online then you need to be back in the afternoon in person to pick up the results.
We can also provide you with a list of testing facilities in Liberia and recommend places in San José. Costa Rican testing facilities normally offer same day results.
Some of the offers come with an extra charge and you have to pay for your COVID-19 tests, but we will make sure that everythig you need is arranged.
How to get here during Covid-19
(Last updated 25.03.2021)
There are different ways to get to Costa Dulce. Here are the ones that we find most convenient:
Flying to Managua:
There are direct flights with Avianca from Miami and El Salvador. Avianca is the only airline that reliably flies to Managua at the moment (01/2021). Watch out: Other airlines say so, but actually don’t, for example Spirit! The difficulty here is that Avianca requires you to send your negative Covid 19 test results to them not later than 36 hours before your flight. At the same time your test cannot be older than 72 hours when entering Nicaragua. That leaves only a small window to get the test results. That’s why we recommend coming through Costa Rica:
Through Costa Rica
Costa Rica is open to everyone and does not require a negative Covid-19 test. To get into Costa Rica you need:
- a filled out health pass (this one here)
- proof for onwards travel, for example your outward flight or a bus ticket.
Equipped like that you can get a flight either to San José or to Liberia. If you can, pick Liberia, as it is closer to the border to Nicaragua.
We will arrange private transport all the way from the airport to us, with drivers who will help you cross the border and make sure you have everything that you need. See the transportation fares below.
To get into Nicaragua – no matter if via air or land border – you need
- a negative Covid-19 test not older than 72 hours
- At the land border that test needs to be a printout on paper, not electronical.
From 5th April onwards the land border to Costa Rica will be open both ways. So you can buy a return ticket to and from Liberia airport (LIR).
There is a very helpful Facebook group called “Nicaragua Flight / Travel Info Group” with up to date information about how to get into Nicaragua from different countries. Check it out!
Whichever way you’re coming into Nicaragua, we’re happy to help you arrange your travel and make sure that everything goes smooth.
Do you have any questions? Scroll down to our contact form and let us know!
On the Ground
The easiest way to get to Costa Dulce is by using one of our trusted, friendly and professional ground transportation providers.
Shared prices dependent on number of people available.
Here are some of our most common rides and prices:
*Prices are set by taxi drivers and are subject to change without warning.
Managua – Costa Dulce: $120
Liberia – Costa Dulce: $140
San Juan del Sur – Costa Dulce: $25
Penas Blancas (border) – Costa Dulce: $55
San Jorge (Ometetepe Ferry) – Costa Dulce: $55
Please email [email protected] to book transportation and/or have your questions answered.
Border + Customs
IMPORTANT: To enter Nicaragua you will be required to have a minimum of 6 month passport validity.
To fly into Costa Rica with a one-way ticket you will need to present proof of onward travel, this can be a bus ticket or a flight itinerary.
Entering Nicaragua: $12
Leaving Nicaragua: $3
Entering Costa Rica: free
Leaving Costa Rica: $8 (unless you are in the country for less than 12 hours in which case it is free.
If you are driving your own vehicle you can find your way to us using Google Maps.