Travel to Nicaragua in 2021

Getting to Nicaragua with the Support of Room to Roam

Although travel in 2021 seems like a difficult process to navigate, it really isn’t, and we are here to guide you through each step, from purchasing the right flight, getting any/all travel requirements met, and arriving simply and safely from the airport to our retreat hotel.  We are here for you, so if you have a question, just message us at
 hello@room-roam.com.

Take a step back from the chaos and give yourself some Room to Roam, whether that means a surf trip, wellness retreat, or all-inclusive travel package designed specifically for you. Reconnect to the parts of you that inspire positivity, growth, compassion + a fresh perspective to create a “new-normal” that you actually want.

Useful Travel Info

Getting to Nicaragua is not as difficult as you may think, it is actually quite easy… and good news, you have us to help you out every step!!  Check this link out for more info on traveling to Nicaragua. You can choose to fly into  Managua, Nicaragua or Liberia, Costa Rica.  Each airport is around 2.5 hour shuttle from our hotel.  We can help you determine the best flight path to optimize schedule and flight prices.

Visa: Nicaragua does not have any covid-related country bans or restrictions. All nations that could enter Nicaragua before covid are once again permitted to enter under regular visa requirements.
Most nations visiting Nicaragua do not need to apply for a visa beforehand, as 92 countries can visit visa-free for 90 days, and another 73 countries are eligible for a visa-on-arrival. Visa-free countries include: USA, Canada, UK, Mexico, Australia, and many more.

Covid Considerations to enter Nicaragua:

  • You need a negative RT-PCR Covid test within 72 hours of your ARRIVAL into Nicaragua, and you will need to have a printed copy to show at the airports and throughout your travel. A rapid test WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.  Please communicate with us if you need help ensuring that you schedule the proper covid test within the necessary timelines. Masks are required during all aspects of your travel into Nicaragua. Once at the hotel, masks are not mandatory as all community spaces are fresh, open air.  We monitor temperatures, follow safety and sanitation guidelines, and provide hand sanitizer throughout the hotel, however we ask that you exercise common sense and notify us if you experience any Covid symptoms within the 48 hours prior to your arrival Nicaragua.  The health and safety of our guests is our number one priority.
  • If you are traveling from the San Diego area, US Specialty Labs in Sorrento Valley has you covered with fast results of a RT- PCR Covid Test.  They offer easy Online Scheduling https://usspecialtylabs.com/
  • According to the World Health Organization, there are less than 5,000 Total Reported Cases of Covid in Nicaragua (compared to >17 Million in the US) https://covid19.who.int/region/amro/country/ni                                   

Depending on the airport you have chosen to fly through, please read below to get more info about what to expect for the process. Please pack some snacks for the travel time to avoid getting hangry, as we all know that isn’t fun 🙂
Travel through Costa Rica Requirements:
Flying into Liberia, Costa Rica (LIR) is pretty easy! We have a professional shuttle service pick you up from the airport, holding a Room to Roam sign. Approximately 1 hour drive to the border and you are guided through the border crossing (there is a bit of walking, but people who will cart your luggage for ease) and met on the Nicaraguan side by another professional shuttle who will also have a sign with names. From here it is approximately 1.5 hours drive in the Nicaraguan tropical countryside beauty. Enjoy the journey of being a world traveler and trust that we will get you where you need to go. We ask that you please tip the people who help transport your bags through the border crossing process, however the tips for the driver/shuttles are included in the payment that we cover.

Regardless of duration of stay, Costa Rica requires travelers to carry a minimum of 5 days of travel insurance (around $50) that meets specific pandemic criteria. We have used and recommend this company. As of 8/1/2021, if you are fully vaccinated, you do NOT need this insurance!
Additionally, all persons entering Costa Rica must fill out a health pass within 48 hours of arrival into Costa Rica. You will need your travel insurance policy info for verification in order to complete this process, which takes less than 5 minutes. Save a picture of your QR code on your phone for making future travel steps even easier.

Customs Info:
When arriving in Costa Rica you will be asked for your QR code, the mandatory insurance (or proof of vaccination), and proof of a return flight to leave the country. You will want to first tell them you are heading DIRECTLY to Nicaragua (otherwise they expect you to have insurance for the entire duration of your trip rather than 5 days). Attached to this email we have also provided you with a signed letter that explains your travel in both English and Spanish. Please print it and use it if you need.

When you enter Nicaragua, you will be asked to provide a local address/contact info in addition to paying $13 USD for a tourist visa that lasts 90 days. Aim for exact change on this, just to keep the travel process fluid and simple. Upon leaving Nicaragua, you will also need $3 USD for the border crossing process, so save some of those bills aside so it is easy 🙂

Location in Nicaragua (not typical addresses here):
Machele’s Place by Room to Roam
150m South of Hotel Blu Sol, Playa Gigante, Tola, Rivas, Nicaragua
Local Phone Number:
+505-7896-0707
Google Maps:
https://goo.gl/maps/iHDuWPkNsDpPN89V9
Use our local business number as your local contact info:
Manager Sadam Torres : +505 7896 0707


For Flights arriving into Managua (MGA) Process: Arriving into Managua is also very simple! It is a smaller airport that has a main exit door where you will see your professional shuttle driver waiting for you with a Room to Roam sign. Once you get into the private shuttle, just kick back and enjoy the drive to the Southern beaches of Nicaragua (approx 2-2.5 hours depending on traffic). We have steady communication with the drivers to always know your whereabouts and to ensure everything is good to go.
Customs Info: When you enter Nicaragua, you will be asked to provide a local address/contact info in addition to paying $10 USD for a tourist visa that lasts 90 days. Aim for exact change on this, just to keep the travel process fluid and simple.

Location in Nicaragua (not typical addresses here):
Machele’s Place by Room to Roam
150m South of Hotel Blu Sol, Playa Gigante, Tola, Rivas, Nicaragua
Local Phone Number:
+505-7896-0707
Google Maps:
https://goo.gl/maps/iHDuWPkNsDpPN89V9
Use our local business number as your local contact info:
Manager Sadam Torres : +505 7896 0707

Weather: Nicaragua daily temps stay pretty consistent year round with the low-high range between 73 and 90 degrees fahrenheit. During the “wet” season between May – October there are tropical rains and weather that typically light and do not last long, just on and off throughout the day. The ocean temperatures are typically around 80-85 degrees, though there are times when the water can feel a little chilly and you will want a wetsuit jacket or vest.

Money: The local currency is Cordobas (cords) where approximately 35 cords = $1 USD. US dollars are accepted in almost every place, however having smaller bills is helpful to avoid constantly needing the small businesses to make change. It is NOT essential to have local currency ahead of time for your trip. Many places also accept credit cards, just remember to put travel notifications on any cards you may plan to use. Any purchases with Room to Roam can also be made via Venmo or Paypal. We accept credit cards as well, however there is a 5.5% fee tacked on from the bank and machine surcharges. Having small bills available is also helpful for tipping easily when the situation arises. Tipping is optional, however, remember this is a country and economy that depends on tourism, so a small amount here and there can mean a lot to a person/family.

Electronics: Nicaragua uses the same plug/socket/voltage system as the United States, so adaptors are not necessary. (120 volts and 60hz)
Laundry: You can wash by hand or have staff at the retreat center do your laundry. It is $5 per full load.

PACKING LIST:

We encourage you to pack light and stay casual, we are at the beach!
-Passport
-Driver’s License (if you plant to rent a car or motorbike during your trip, this is essential)
-Any medications or supplements you take
-comfortable yoga/active   clothes
-shorts
-tank tops/T-shirts
-Sundresses
-Swimsuits/Boardshorts
-rashguard or wetsuit   tops/spring suits
-sarong or beach cover up
-flip flops
-tennis/running shoes (hiking   boots optional)
-long sleeve shirt or jacket
-comfy loose pants
-rain jacket or poncho   (optional)
-REEF-SAFE sunscreen with at least 30SPF to protect your skin and the planet (avoid chemical sunscreen ingredients, learn more about safe sunscreen use here.)
-Mosquito repellent (can also purchase locally)
-basic first aid kit (we have one too)
-Hats and sunglasses (protect     your face and eyes from sun exposure!)
-refillable water bottle (we  offer free high ph Alkaline water available 24/7 and prefer to limit using 1-time use plastic bottles on the property)
WOMEN: Tampons/feminine hygiene products.
-Personal supplies of shampoo, conditioner, body wash, lotion, etc. There are small markets within a short walking distance if you need, but reusable containers are encouraged to reduce plastic waste in the oceans.
-Travel journal or any books you may want to read
-yoga mat –we do have some extra mats available, however feel free to bring your favorite mat if you prefer!
-Surfboards if you want your own, or rent from our quiver! Educate yourself on the fees so you can plan ahead and avoid surprises. A great resource is posted below, however you are responsible for knowing what your chosen airline’s most updated policies are.
https://www.wavetribe.com/blogs/surf-travel/surfboard-airline-fees