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Travel Tips in Nicaragua

When to go

Most tourists go to Nicaragua during the dry season from November to April. Although April and May are getting warmer and many student travelers choose to visit Nicaragua during their school breaks of July and August. The rainy season lasts from June to October with the end months being the wettest.

Before your trip

Make sure to register with your country’s embassy as well as submit your itinerary. As a precaution, the embassy will send emails informing travelers of various dangers and annoyances that occur in the country. It’s recommended to see your health care provider about 4 to 6 weeks before your trip in order to have enough time for the proper vaccines to take effect. Typhoid, Rabies, Hepatitis A and B are suggested for travel to Nicaragua as well as being up to date on routine shots like polio, MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) and DPT (diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus) vaccines.

Drinking Water

Even if the water is safe to drink in various regions of Nicaragua, it will still be different from the water your body is used to drinking. Just in case, it’s good to stick to drinking only bottled or carbonated (bubbly) drinks in cans or bottles. Avoid tap water, fountain drinks, and ice cubes. If you purchase fresh fruits and vegetables, wash them with bottled water before eating.

Money

Daily spending money should be carried in a different and more accessible pocket or bag then the rest of your trip money. As a back up to cash, credit cards with a Visa, Mastercard, American Express or Diner’s Club logo are accepted at most locations that take credit cards. American Express traveler’s checks are easily cashed at most Nicaraguan banks. Carry a separate folder or scan the following information into your email account: a copy of your passport, the number of your credit cards, traveler’s checks, bank accounts, airplane tickets, and emergency phone numbers. Remember there is a 15 percent sales tax at hotels, better restaurants and most service industries. An additional ten percent for service will be added to restaurant and bar tabs.

Business Hours

Banks are open from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. and do not close for lunch. Nicaraguans get paid bi-weekly, so avoid the large lines at the bank around the 15th and 30th of the month. Governments offices are open from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Stores and other businesses in shopping centers and malls are open from 10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. Most restaurants open from 11:00 am to 11:00 pm.

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