How do I get to Nicaragua?

Nicawaves has been successfully hosting guests since airline travel returned to Nicaragua in August 2020. Although, the travel protocols require a little extra effort to get here, we have contacts within Nicaragua and Costa Rica to make getting to Nicawaves easier than ever. Our guests have been stoked since the travel protocols have been resulting in less crowded waves. As of February 2022, here are 4 key points you need to know to get to Nicaragua.

1. Fly avianca airlineS

We recommend Avianca Airlines, the only commercial airline currently flying to Nicaragua on a daily basis. Copa Airlines and Aeromexico are flying to Managua on a limited basis. Avianca flies to Nicaragua from Miami, Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Washington D.C., Houston, and Dallas among others. We will await your arrival at the Managua Airport and it is a 2 hour trip to Nicawaves using our shortcut. As of February 2022, round trip tickets for the 2 and a half hour direct flight from Miami to Managua cost $361.80

  • You must provide a negative  PCR test for COVID-19 , carried out in a period no longer than 72 hours before entering the country .
  • Once you have your result and within a period of no less than 36 hours before your flight  (1 day and a half before),  you must email the result of your test in pdf format .
  • See #4 below to make this process easier

  2. Fly any airline to liberia, costa rica and we pick you up at the border

If you prefer more airline options, this is the method for you. Liberia, Costa Rica is only one hour from the Nicaragua border. The border to Nicawaves is another hour and a half. All airlines are flying to Liberia, Costa Rica without restriction. This method opens up many flight possibilities for you, making it possible to fly from your nearest airport. We work with a top-notch reliable and efficient transportation service that takes you to the Nicaragua border where we will be waiting for you. The cost from Liberia to the border is $150 one-way for up to 4 people. You will still need a negative PCR test to enter Nicaragua via the land border. You can test prior to travel or we can help set this up upon landing in Liberia for $60 (please inquire).

 3. Bring down these tests for return travel to Usa

Please bring down these tests for your return travel to USA – 3 pack  or  6 pack.  We will buy any unused tests from you. You will complete the 15 minute test in Nicawaves and we print out your travel document for you to take to the airport. Too easy.

4. New service to streamline your PCR testing

Since May 2021, 90% of our guests have been using a new service to make your PCR travel protocol much easier.  For $30, the service will send your test results directly to the Nicaraguan health department to make sure they are accepted. For $60, they can make sure your test is accepted even if you cannot meet the 36 hour deadline. During the 2021 season, we had a few instances where a guest did not receive their test results until 6 to 8 hours before their flight and would have lost their trip if they did not use this service. We do fully recommend this service as a safeguard to insure your trip for any late test results or if the Nicaraguan health department declines your test due to it’s appearance or format. To set up the service, we will need your Whatsapp number to create a group chat with the service provider.

2022 Season teaser video

covid-19 in nicaragua

Fortunately, lack of international travel and the Nicaragua people’s preventative measures have resulted in very few cases of COVID-19 in Nicaragua, the lowest in all of Central America. If you have stayed with us before, you know that we have an isolated location and hot climate. There have been no confirmed cases in our area. The only restriction in Nicaragua is presenting a PCR-RT test completed within 72 hours within your arrival.

book your dates for prime surf season now

We have been having an excellent early season with plenty of swell in February 2022. Some dates in March are already full. Here are some photos and video from past seasons shot by our in-house photographer Mike. We look forward to sharing these sessions with you these 2022 season!

Manzanillo Nicaragua surfing spot
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