Maybe this is too obvious, but have you tried asking Mukul what they would suggest?
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Doing the Passport Shuffle: a Tica Bus driver shuffles through his passengers’ passports at the border, trying to remember who’s who (photo/ Katie Jackson)
By Katie Jackson/ guest blogger
March 26, 2013
Good useful information for anyone who is coming across the Costa Rica/Nicaraguan border via bus. Thanks to Katie Jackson of Green Travel!
I have been living in San Juan Del Sur for 3 years now only on a 90 day tourist visa. This may sound familiar to everyone reading this. Every 90 days you must leave the country and get your passport re-stamped, or get it re-stamped at the Metro Centro mall in Managua. You can get it stamped at the mall, but 90 days later you have to leave the country.
The fastest way from San Juan Del Sur is obviously going to the Nicaraguan/Costa Rican Border.
Now for those of you who have done it multiple times, you know it sucks, it’s completely disorganized, filled with beggars and corruption. It’s not a fun place to be.
I have not found any info on the internet on how to make this process easier for people, so below I am giving you all the info and a basic map, and what you have to do to cross for only 30min – 1 hour and return.
Very useful article for those who need to do a visa run from Nicaragua into Costa Rica every 90 days. Thank goodness I have residency so I can avoid this, but for those who have to go, this is a good guide to help you with the process, includes a map, all the steps, etc.
Good luck and just remember if you need to stay overnight in Managua come stay with us!
The new airline will flight to Juan Santamaría Airport (San José) and Daniel Oduber Airport (Guanacaste). Courtesy of Air Canada Rouge
Hello Canada? Yes, thanks so much for your attention. COME TO NICARAGUA! And Air Canada Rouge, are you thinking about opening up a similar route to Managua? Please do, CANADIANS Welcome!
Interesting comments from someone who has recently lived in both Costa Rica and Nicaragua. Good basis for comparison!
Living in Costa Rica was an adventure but it wasn’t doing much for my personal development. It was expensive and I got caught up in the party scene. I was spending just as much money or more than I was spending in the US. If you want to live cheaply you can but you can also do that in the US. I lived in Jaco Costa Rica for 6 months then Heredia for 3 months and that was pretty cool. I had been to Nicaragua a couple times for a Visa run and also to visit and I thought it was ok but did not really explore. Costa Ricans always had bad things to say about Nicas so most of my time in CR I had no intension of moving to Nicaragua. I even went to stay in Panama for a while to compare it to Costa Rica and even Panama was considerably cheaper but I did not like the culture.
I will put nica360 on my blogroll, don’t know how I missed them!
“Nicaragua is NOT the New Costa Rica.”
More at link above. Now let’s get this straight once and for all, repeat after me “Nicaragua is not the next Costa Rica.” 🙂
Actually, it does make sense for the first-time tourist or those (as in my case) that went to Costa Rica years and years ago (~20 years ago was the one and only time I have traveled to C.R.) and then in more recent years I began to visit Nicaragua.
From a visitor’s perspective, the two countries do have many similarities, but the differences are revealed the more time you spend in Nicaragua. When I went to Costa Rica so many years ago, my now ex-spouse, a friend who is not my friend anymore, and I had a pretty good time checking out the capital, the Caribbean coast, and the Pacific coast (from Guanacaste in the north all the way to Golfito in the south).
The biggest comparison for me personally was that during that trip, we had a scoop on a beach front property just down the road from a great surfing point called Pavones. It had a lower section across the dirt road from the beach and a virgin hillside behind it with a spring that provided both drinking water and a means to setup a micro-hydroelectric system to provide electricity. If I recall correctly, the gentleman who owned it wanted $35,000.
I was a little sketchy about investing abroad, and by the time we reached LAX, my friend and I weren’t friends anymore, so there went my investment partner. So I took a pass on the opportunity. That type of property is certainly very valuable and the price if it were to be for sale today would certainly be in the hundreds of thousands if not more.
Anyway, I always regretted that decision as well as the loss of the friend. So when I first came to Nicaragua, I had the same feeling I did in Costa Rica so many years ago, and was determined not to let opportunity pass me by this time. It is pretty rare that you get a do-over in life, wouldn’t you say?
So in that sense I do totally get the whole comparison on a personal basis. However, in the macro sense of things, especially now that I am here, I do feel that the culture is unique as are the people, so the comparisons don’t exactly line up for me anymore.
But really the bottom line for me is that I hope that Nicaragua does not want to be the next Costa Rica.
I like that Nicaragua is rough around the edges, that there is no Four Seasons hotel that costs $600+ dollars a night, that the roads to the beach can be bad, and that the surf is relatively unspoiled if you know where to go. The last thing I want is to feel like I’m surfing in a tropical version of Huntington Beach pier or Trestles on a head high south swell (i.e. crowded with stupid hassles and other stuff that is not enjoyable going on).
I would be interested if anyone else has any thoughts on the subject.
The above-linked article isn’t really very recent but it is worth repeating that in the next 15 years, 250,000 baby boomers will be retiring and moving to Central America. Many consider Costa Rica to be rather gringo-fied at this point, and there are only between 25,000 and 50,000 there currently.
Think what impact to Nicaragua 100,000 retirees would be! As the economic conditions caused by the banksters continue to become worse over time, I expect a big wave to come specifically to Nicaragua due to the low cost of living. I would rather they come for the culture, the landscapes, and most importantly, the Nicaraguan people.
Colorado Couple Builds A Treehouse Village In Costa Rica
Erica and Matt Hogan never intended to walk away with 600 acres of wild rainforest when they went shopping for a little piece of Costa Rica to call their own in 2006.
They happened upon a slice of land that was marketed as a potential harvesting site (i.e.: prime for deforestation) and decided to save it from the chopping block.
“[The land] felt really sacred from the get-go and we felt like this would be a travesty to let this be deforested,” Erica told Business Insider. “It was bigger than what we were intending to purchase
initially. And one night I just thought, well there are some really cool trees on that property. What if we built treehouses?”
The idea became Finca Bellavista, an epic undertaking that’s become a thriving treehouse village, where the locals bounce door-to-door on ziplines and dinner is grown in everyone’s backyard.
“It’s a labor of love and it’s more than just our business,” she says. “It’s our life.”
Talk about amazing places to see! I just had to share this story about a couple who started building treehouses and now they have a little community of treehouses and treehouse dwellers. The residents and visitors go from house to house on ziplines, and they live a sort of communal life that many apparently are interested in sharing. Very cool stuff going on this little blue marble!
Nicaragua Magazine’s article on a few of the pluses and minuses of choosing either Costa Rica or Nicaragua as your next vacation destination or even for retirement/relocation. For the attention deficit folks…you can’t go too wrong either way, just a matter of what you like to do and how you want to do it!