Getting There in San Juan del Sur

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At top of Volcan Masaya, with a view of Laguna Masaya and Volcan Mombacho

At top of Volcan Masaya, with a view of Laguna Masaya and Volcan Mombacho

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When planning your trip to San Juan Del Sur, Getting There is one of the first things that comes to mind. Located on the southwestern coast of Nicaragua on the Pacific Ocean, San Juan del Sur is a popular destination of adrenaline seeking surfers and locals looking to relax for the weekend.

Getting There by Plane

The surf town of San Juan del Sur is served by the Augusto C. Sandino International Airport (better known as the Managua International Airport, IATA airport code: MGA). There are several local and international airlines offering direct flights from and to Managua from the United States, Cuba and some destinations in South America. If you're visiting Cuba, you can use Aerocaribbean to travel between Cuba and Nicaragua. Travelers from South American nations should start searching fares with Copa Airlines because it often releases special promotions to Nicaragua.

From the Airport to San Juan del Sur

After paying the mandatory $5.00 customs fee at the airport (equivalent to 100 Nicaraguan Cordobas) and receiving a passport stamp, you will have 4 choices to get to San Juan del Sur: airport shuttle, taxi, bus or car rental.

The most convenient one is the airport shuttle because the abundance of private companies makes the fare quite inexpensive. If you prefer to take a taxi, make sure to get one with a license plate with red borders because this means that these taxis are official ones. Buses to San Juan del Sur are available from the Mercado Huembes from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. every day, departing every 30 minutes.

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March 02, 2010 change by damiandavilarojas

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San Juan Del Sur

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At top of Volcan Masaya, with a view of Laguna Masaya and Volcan Mombacho
At top of Volcan Masaya, with a view of Laguna Masaya and Volcan Mombacho
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In the Beautifull Democratric Republic of Nicaragua there are not very well posted signs to the destinations in the country, but rather , very famous landmarks which make it some what easy to get around, and of course the good old stop and ask the frendly locals.

Easy to get lost driving in Nicaragua? NOT AT ALL. You are more likely to end up in one of the sight seen areas than away from your  final destination.  ( there is only a handfull of main roads that all lead to the major citys) so no worries.

Driving at night is  not recomended since like more..

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4X4

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4x4  are the best option is you are renting a vehicle.

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Take the Bus from Managua

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The cheapest way to travel from Managua to San Juan del Sur is by bus.  A direct bus leaves the Managua bus depot twice daily.  If you don't find the direct bus, or it's not running, take a bus to Rivas, then get on a second bus to San Juan del Sur.  The total cost of the trip is less than $5 US.

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