Safety Traveling from Managua to Playa MaderasFeb 09, 2017, 2:54 AM
I’m taking a taxi from the Managua airport to Playa Maderas and am feeling apprehensive about safety all of a sudden.
I am a solo female traveler and it is my first time visiting Nicaragua.
Does anyone have any tips?
elportonverde Managua, Nicaragua Level Contributor 894 posts 25 reviews
7. Re: Safety Traveling from Managua to Playa Maderas Feb 09, 2017, 10:06 PM
Greetings Larissa: We receive a lot of single female travelers and they really appreciate having a trusted person come and pick you up at the airport. Your driver will be just fine, knows the route, etc. To get to your question/concern, you don’t say if you are traveling during the daytime or at night time. During the daytime or even the early evening I wouldn’t worry too much about the trip. But if it’s full nighttime, as lots of flight come in at 8, 9 and even like tonight, I’m going for a pick up from the Copa flight from Panama that gets in at about 10:20 pm. I wouldn’t want to drive another 2 1/2 hours to SJdS (and about 20 more for Maderas…)! The driver you would be using certainly does it all the time, but of course it’s really your decision. Another point is that during the night time you won’t see any of the scenery, which includes viewing at least four volcanoes! Traveling that late could feel a little bit daunting, especially for first-time visitors, so some visitors will book something a bit closer and someone who offers good services in addition to quality lodgings. Cheers, Mike @ El Portón Verde, Managua
Hey Larissa (and any other readers or robots!) Yes it can feel a bit odd coming to Nicaragua the first time. I certainly remember the semi-terror feeling of not so much landing in Managua but more when first stepping through those automatic sliding glass doors that lead you either to the curb and the street or staying inside the terminal heading towards the rental car companies.
Lots of taxi drivers ask you if you want or need a ride. Sometimes it might take a little while before you find the person that’s supposed to be picking you up. Not so often anymore, but occasionally in the daytime you might get a couple of kids that want to give you something made out of a sort of straw and using that to extract a dollar out of you.
It can be a lot to take in for some people not accustomed to international airports, especially in Latin America.
Also, when you get here, in addition to a warm welcome from an old Nicaragua hand, you may want to:
- exchange money
- buy groceries
- buy a SIM card and setup a pre-paid starter data and/or phone call plan