RE/MAX Coastal Properties – Nicaragua Newsletter – Sept 2012

Rancho Santana Developments now offers Land and Home financing!

The RE/MAX Nicaragua Real Estate Team from San Juan del Sur is proud to present the September 20, 2012 Newsletter featuring Rancho Santana Development with their amazing and unique offer for Lot and Home financing. There are some amazing properties and opportunities here!

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Transportation – Driving, Shuttles, Buses or Boats

Need some advice or help about driving or general transportation in Nicaragua? Most our guests say “Yes Please”! So here it goes. Drive carefully. You are entering a country (just as most 3rd world countries), whose general population does not know how to drive. So all the ideas you have about transit, like Maps, Transit signals and general driving etiquette is not like back home, so be aware.

Driving  Driving in Nicaragua Can be considered an adventure in of itself. Click here for a list of driving directions including from the national airport to San Juan del Sur and general driving does and don’t of Nicaragua.

Private Driver – we are happy to recommend a private driver who can meet you at the airport, help you receive your rental vehicle and drive your rental vehicle to San Juan del Sur for you so you don’t have to deal with the normal issues that arise when trying to find your way in a new country with very few road signs. If you’s like to reserve this service or get more information on hiring a private driver (who can also double as tour guide) for the day or just the airport pick, please contact me.

Shuttle Service There are a variety of shuttle service providers in San Juan del Sur. Click here for a list of service providers or contact us if you’d like us to help you make reservations via the concierge desk.

Car Rental There are a number of options for car rentals in Nicaragua, all the major chains are based out of the airport. There are also a few privately owned companies that offer a vehicle with a more classic and adventurous experience. Contact us if you’d like more information on any of these options.

Bus System the bus system in Nicaragua is not like in the States. Even nearby Costa Rica has a much more orderly system. That said, the experience of riding a bus in Nicaragua is one that you will either love (for the cultural experience provided) or hate (again because of the experience provided) immediately. Click here to learn more about the Nicaraguan Bus system and schedules.

Boats and Ferries there are a number of boat routes in Nicaragua. Lake Nicaragua and a number of rivers have boat routes leading to the Caribbean.

Activities and Tours in San Juan del Sur

Activities and Tours Available in San Juan del Sur

RE/MAX Meet and Greet Teams recommends you reserve your tours at least 3 days in advance and those with an asterisk (*) we recommend you reserve at minimum a week in advance to ensure availability. Those items with a double asterisk (**) may require additional transportation costs. Please contact your RE/MAX Coastal Properties Team member for assistance in reserving your Tours and Activities. Keep in mind that prices and schedules may vary until a 50% deposit is given. Should you decide to cancel a reserved activity the within 24 hours, deposit is automatically forgone.

  • Canopy Tours – $30 per person
  • Horseback Riding Tours* – $69-99 per person
  • Horseback Riding by the hour – $25 per person
  • Dune Buggy Rentals packages – please inquire with us
  • ATV Rental per hour  – 1 passenger $65 – 2 Passengers $75
  • ATV Tour 2 hours & 2 bike min – 2 bikes with 1 passenger $75 per bike or with 2 Passengers per bike $85
  • Rappelling Tour – $45 to $55 per person
  • Surf Lessons* – $50 per person
  • Surf Lesson by the hour – $25 per person from surfer on the beach
  • Surf Tour by Boat* – $350 per day
  • Surf Tour by Land* – $250 per day
  • Scuba Diving – 2 tank dive – $90 per person with a 2-person minimum
  • Catamaran Sailing ½ Day – $75 per person
  • Catamaran Option #1 (24 passenger boat) Sailing Full Day – $115 per person – advise to reserve 2 min 2 weeks in advance
  • Catamaran Option #2 (35 passenger boat) Sailing Full Day – $115 per person – advise to reserve 2 min 4 weeks in advance
  • Fishing Tour 4 passenger – $90 per hour with a 4 hours minimum
  • Fishing Tour 10 passenger – $120 per hour with a 4 hours minimum
  • Night Fishing – $45 per person with 5-person minimum
  • Private Boat Trip ½ Day* – $350 for 4 hours
  • Private Boat Trip Full Day* – $550 for 8 hours
  • Luxury Boat Trip ½ Day* – $1,800 for 4 hours
  • Luxury Boat Trip Full Day* – $2,800 for 8 hours
  • Sunset Cruise – $23 per person with 6-person minimum
  • Turtle Tour (Aug-Jan) – $35 per person with 5-person minimum
  • Yoga Class Drop in Rate – $10 per person
  • Yoga Private Lesson**  – $20 per person with 3-person minimum
  • Massages in House** – $50 per 60 minute massage 2 massage minimum
  • Private Driver/Guide** – $40 per 8 hour day + plus entry to parks and or meals

For a more extended list on what there is to do in and around San Juan del Sur, please see our ABC’s list of the fun and laid back little beach town. Also, if there are any activities or any information you would like to see that have not been listed here, please let us know (click here) and we will be happy to inquire for you with sufficient time.

How to Prepare for a Vacation in Nicaragua

Ok, so you have never been to this country, so what what do you need to know? The following is general information we like to share with guests prior to their arrival in Nicaragua. This “Prepare for Nicaragua” post is not intended to be complete information needed prior to traveling to Nicaragua but as an additional guideline. Please check with your countries guidelines on traveling abroad and follow any official advice and requirements given by them.

Since we are based in San Juan del Sur, I will share our recommendations for this region although, these are pertinent to the country as a whole. I do recommend you bring the following items:

  • Sun tan lotion we don’t have as great a variety as most stores abroad have so if you have sensitive skin please make sure to stock up before you arrive
  • Bug repellent again if you have sensitive skin or a particular brand you like to use, please stock up before you arrive in country
  • General allergy meds (antihistamines) and your personal meds
  • Flash light with extra batteries (for power outages and walking around outside at night)
  • Light set of long sleeves in case the sun or bugs get the a bit much on a certain day
  • Good book =) Important, although we have the largest second hand (English) book store in the country in town, you might want to bring your book along with you for the plane
  • Wine and Hard liquor are less expensive at the duty free at the airport in Nicaragua which you have access to as you arrive in the country (right next to the baggage pick up) and a better selection too (there isn’t much selection around here) so if you guys enjoy a good drink, stock up at the airport like all us locals =) Local rum by the bottle is pretty affordable almost every where including in SJDS =)
  • Cash – Money – if you plan on bringing US cash, please do not bring bills that are torn, ripped, stained, or written on. US Bills must be in good shape to be widely accepted in Nicaragua. Only US and Nicaraguan money “The Cordoba” are accepted. Some banks accept euro’s but it’s a long process to exchange the currency.  Most vendors will accept US bills as long as they have enough change for you. The current exchange rate varies between C$23 and C$23.50  per US dollar, depending on the vendors need for US dollars. You will almost always receive change in Local Nicaraguan currency, Cordobas.
  • ATM”s There are 2 ATM’s in town that spew both US and Nicaraguan currency. Please notify your bank that you will be traveling via email so that have a record of the notification. The exchange house in the airport is not the best option, these tend to have high fees and low exchange rates.  Foreigners can exchange larger quantities of money inside Nicaraguan banks as long as they have their passports on them.
  • Cashiers Checks are not widely accepted. Only certain banks branches accept them, none of which are located in San Juan del Sur.
  • Driving Directions – Please print out the driving direction and maps prior to your departure as maps are scarce.
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