Items to Note
- Upon arrival in Nicaragua, you
will be charged US$5 for a tourist visa.
- Plan to exchange money in either Managua
- Currency: The Nicaraguan
currency is the cordoba. The current exchange rate is about 20
cordobas to 1 US dollar. The US dollar is accepted at
most hotels and some restaurants. Keep in mind that you will
most likely receive change in cordobas.
- The only places to change money will be
in the larger cities (Managua, Granada, Leon, Rivas).
Credit cards are widely accepted in the cities. Automatic teller
machines are found only in Managua, Granada and Leon. Do not
bring traveler’s checks. Additionally, Euros and other
foreign currencies cannot be changed.
- Small denominations of cordobas (10s, 20s,
and 50s and 100s) are helpful to have, as small restaurants and
shops in the countryside seldom have change. Roadside
moneychangers are fine to use.
- You will need to carry a valid driver’s license
and a copy of your passport with you when you are traveling around
- Renting your own vehicle in Nicaragua
allows you the greatest opportunity to explore and discover local
sites and restaurants and to experience as many cultural options
as possible. Renting
- You will want to top off your gas tank in
Nandaime – fuel is cheaper here than in Las Salinas.
Within a kilometer of Two Brothers, are small shops that sell
fresh food items such as eggs, sugar, coffee, milk, cereal, bread,
meat, beans, rice, pasta and beer. Fruit and veggies can be bought
from local stands or trucks that drive by daily with mangos,
bananas, pineapple, watermelon, tomatoes and more. Fresh fish
and lobster can be purchased directly from the fishermen as they
bring in their daily catch. MAP
- Nicaraguans are very friendly and
will be very happy to point you in the right direction with a simple
“?Donde esta Masaya?” , “Donde esta
Nandaime?”, “Donde estas Rivas?”, etc.
- Also, when all else fails, ask a cabby for
directions and thank him with a few cordobas, or simply
note the destinations written on the back of the buses to confirm
- Time Zone: Nicaragua is on
the same time as Central Standard Time (Chicago) with daylight
savings time reflecting Mountain Standard Time (Denver).
- Electrical Current: 110 volts,
standard American plugs are fine.
- Immunizations and Vaccinations: Current
Tetanus and Hepatitis A vaccinations are a good thing to have.
Protective clothing and insect repellent are enough for mosquitoes. Although
we have few mosquitoes at Two Brothers, you will want to have it
on hand if you explore elsewhere.
What to Bring
Two Brothers has a fully equipped kitchen. Plan
to bring food and snacks with you especially if you plan to spend
the day on the boat. While there are plenty of small,
inexpensive restaurants nearby, you’ll also want to have
basics on hand.
Two Brothers provides all bed linens.
Be sure to bring your own beach and bath towels
Not traveling with a board? No worries. Rent
a board from us..
See Essentials for
a more comprehensive list of things to bring.