I am so happy that Nicaragua is starting to get on people’s radars! For the longest time it was a bit of an unknown paradise. It’s really inexpensive and flights are very cheap from Canada and the States! The little surfer town of San Juan Del Sur (SJDS) has everything you could want and more! This colourful and unique little town is guaranteed to steal your heart. Be sure to check out my other post on things to do in San Juan Del Sur!
Alright… so now how do you get there?!
SJDS is roughly 2.5 hours south/west of the Airport in Managua. And there are a couple ways you can get down there.
1. Rent a Car
You really don’t neeeed a car when you’re down there. It all depends on how many people you are going with and if you are staying in a Villa or in a Hostel. The best beach Playa Maderas (stay tuned for more info on that) is roughly a 15 minute drive from the town… but you can find shuttles or hitch hike. We had a car and would always be more than happy to pick up a surfer trying to get to or from. This option is the most expensive especially if you’re not with too many people.
2. Airport Shuttle
These shuttles are very easy to book. They are $40 per person or $65 for two people each way. This is a pretty good option, because like I said before, you don’t really need a car once you’re in SJDS and its easy enough to get around without one.
3. Chicken Buses
If you don’t know the term, “chicken buses” is the term used to describe local buses. They often have limited space, limited leg room and seats can be hard to find. I’m a big fan of chicken buses, they’re super cheap and they get you where you need to go. That being said… I’m not sure if that’s the way to go for a 2.5 hour drive… which will be longer since the chicken buses will make several stops along the way.
4. From Costa Rica
SJDS is roughly 40 km north of the border, which makes it a great spot if you’re coming from Costa Rica! If you are coming from there, the easiest thing to do is take a taxi which should take 30 minutes and cost you less than $25.