You can find answers to many of the most frequently asked questions below. If you still have questions that are not answered here then please get in touch via our contact page.
One of our favorite things was how nice and genuine the Nicaraguans were, not only at the hotel but everywhere.
How to I get to Nicaragua from the US or Europe?
If you have an international flight to San Jose or Liberia in Costa Rica you can connect to Managua Nicaragua on Nature Air, a carbon neutral domestic Costa Rican Airline. It is actually fairly easy to get to Nicaragua from the US and even from Europe. American Airlines, Continental Airlines and Delta have daily flights to and from Managua. Their connections are from their hubs in Miami, Houston and Atlanta and connect to the rest of the US and Europe. The Central American Airlines TACA and COPA have direct flights from Miami, San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York. European airlines such as Iberia, Air France, KLM and Lufthansa offer flights that code share with the local airlines and get you to Managua comfortably.
Can I connect a Costa Rican and Nicaraguan Vacation?
Yes, it is quite easy. Nature Air, a domestic Costa Rican Airline offers flights between San Jose, Liberia and Managua 4 times a week. For more details and rates, consult www.natureair.com. The international airlines Taca and Copa operate several daily flights. For rates and availability see www.taca.com or www.copaair.com.
Can you provide ground transport from the airport or another hotel I am staying at?
We would be happy to arrange a private ground transfer for you from the Managua airport or any other hotel you might be staying in before coming to Jicaro. We also offer transfers from Costa Rica. We can get you to Nicaragua with a private transfer and guide from the San Jose or Liberia International airports or any hotel or resort you are staying at.
Can you provide driving directions?
Driving instructions from the Costa Rican border and from Managua airport can be found on our contact page.
Visa and Enter Formalities
To enter Nicaragua at the international airport or from any other country, the visitor must present a valid passport (which does not expire for at least six months). To leave Nicaragua by air at the International Airport, there is currently a departure tax of US $10. (subject to change). Entry visas are not required for U.S. and European Citizens. Please consult us for restrictions to some specific countries.
Do you allow children at the lodge?
The Jicaro Island Ecolodge experience is available only for adults and children age 12 and above.
What should I bring on a vacation to Jicaro Island?
We suggest you bring the following:
• Lightweight, comfortable hiking or walking shoes (waterproof is preferable).
• Water shoes or sandals.
• Lightweight, casual clothing appropriate for hiking, such as light pants, shorts and shirts.
• Our dress code at the property is completely informal, so do not worry about bringing dinner jackets or formal apparel.
• Don’t forget your bathing suit.
• Sunscreen and insect repellent.
• Light raincoat when visiting us during the rainy season.
• Camera equipment and plenty of film /memory cards (batteries and chargers).
• Binoculars if you have them.
• Basic medical kit (Aspirin, Plasters, Imodium, Antiseptic Cream, Anti-Histamine Cream, etc.)
Is it safe to visit Nicaragua?
Yes. The only thing you should be afraid of when thinking about a trip to Nicaragua and Jicaro Island Lodge is that you might not want to leave ever again. Nicaragua has had its share of negative publicity in the past, but you might be surprised to hear that it is one of the safest countries to travel to in all of Latin America.
Can you recomend anywhere else to stay?
Although independently owned Jicaro Ecolodge is managed by Cayuga who specialize in Sustainable ecolodges and hotels. For ideas on other places you can stay in Nicaragua Costa Rica see our list of partners.