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 do 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 codeshare 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 I need to take any shots before traveling to Nicaragua?
Individuals traveling to Nicaragua should ensure that all their routine vaccinations are up to date. Vaccination against Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, rabies and typhoid are recommended. However, a healthy person traveling to a common tourist destination has a remote probability of being affected.
Do I need to have a Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate to enter Nicaragua?
The following countries are under Sanitary Alert due to the Yellow Fever Virus: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guyana, Panamá, Venezuela, Paraguay, and Peru. The measure also includes all African countries except the Democratic Republic of Congo, Tanzania, Sao Tome and Principe, and Somalia. Visitors who have traveled to any of the above countries before entering Nicaragua and stayed for over a day must present an International Vaccination Certificate for Yellow Fever virus shot upon entry to the country. Visitors who have only been “In Transit” at any of the countries under alert do not need to present the certificate.
Should I exchange dollars to local currency? Where?
Even though US dollars are widely accepted throughout the country, it is always a good idea to carry some local currency, Córdobas(bills come in10, 20, 50, 100 and 500 denominations).You may exchange US Dollars at any local bank in Managua or Granada, on the way to Jicaro Island. Euros are still unusual in Nicaragua and these can be exchanged only at a few banks. We do not recommend exchanging money at the airport; their exchange rate is very low! Please keep in mind that dollar bills that are torn up, stained or have writings on them could be rejected in most shopping areas, restaurants or even banks.
What is the weather like in Nicaragua?
Since we are located right in the tropics, and close to the Equator, the Isletas in Nicaragua are considered a rainforest and/or a humid tropical forest area. Nicaragua has two well defined seasons: a Dry Season from December to April and a Green Season from May to November. The rain on this side of the country falls almost exclusively during the late afternoon or evening. Warm temperatures are characteristic throughout the year.
We experience a short mid-year mini-dry season towards the end of July and beginning of August when rainfall decreases significantly for three or four weeks; the rainiest months are September and October. The lowlands experience high temperatures in the low- 80’s to 90’s and low temperatures in the high 60’s to mid-70’s.
FIND OUT WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN TRAVELLING DURING THE GREEN SEASON HERE (video)
Do you allow children at the lodge?
The Jicaro Island Ecolodge experience is available only for adults and children age 12 and above, nonetheless, we welcome children 8 years old and up from March 15th - April 15th and from July 1st - August 20th. No children below 12 are allowed at the lodge outside these specified dates.
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.)
Are there too many insects at Jicaro Island?
Depending on the hour of the day, there might be periods where mosquitoes, insects and other types of little animals are a bit bothersome, especially after periods of rains. They are usually only active during sundown, though, so carry a good insect repellent and you'll be good to go! The bedrooms have fans and can be closed completely; beds are equipped with mosquito nets to protect you from most of the bugs.
Is there A/C in the room?
No, our casitas don’t have A/C. A spacious room layout and large windows that allow great cross ventilation plus ceiling fans and shade from the trees keep the casitas cool without warming the planet. Most of our guests feel very comfortable and appreciate the natural ventilation in our rooms.
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.
What voltage are your electricity outlets? Do I need to bring an adapter or voltage converter?
Voltage is 110. The hotel is equipped with Type A and Type B plug & socket types.
What time is check-in and check-out?
Check in is at 2:00 PM and check out at 11:00 AM.