Getting to San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua
Augusto C. Sandino International Airport is the main airport in Managua, Nicaragua (MGA). It is served by the following international airlines: Delta Air Lines, Continental Airlines, Copa Airlines, American Airlines, Aeromexico, Aero Caribbean, Air Transat (seasonal), Spirit Airlines and Taca. Nature Air flilghts from Costa Rica to Managua.
If you are arriving to Las Palmas Bed and Breakfast, San Juan Del Sur by car rental and plan to travel to the neighboring beaches, we recommend that you rent a 4WD - although it is not neccessary. The following car rentals are located at both the airport and San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua allowing for one way rentals: Alamo, National and Dollar. If you are going to pick-up and drop-off at the airport these car rental companies are also available: Hertz and Budget. The car rental companies will not allow you to cross borders.
Please note that it is not recommended to travel on the roads past dark. The sun goes down between 5:30pm and 6:30pm. Please make arrangements to overnight prior to your early morning or evening flight. The Best Western Las Mercedes Managua is located right in front of the airport or the Camino Real attached to Pharoh's Casino is just down the street. Both offer airport shuttles.
From Managua to San Juan Del Sur (Approx. 2.5 hrs)
Drive south and follow the signs to Rivas or Penas Blancas. Turn right at "La Virgen" to San Juan Del Sur.
Take a taxi to the bus station called "Mercado Roberto Huembes" and catch a bus to San Juan Del Sur. You may also take a bus to Rivas and transfer to another bus to San Juan Del Sur.
There are two air-conditioned shuttles that offer service from the Managua Airport directly to San Juan Del Sur. Please note that these can be booked per person or as a private shuttle and must be booked in advance. For more information visit the websites: Airport to Las Palmas Bed and Breakfast direct: Transportes Gaby, email@example.com, Airport or Granada to San Juan Del Sur: www.adelante express.com.
Las Palmas Bed and Breakfast can arrange a private taxi service from Managua airport directly to Las Palmas Bed and Breakfast upon request.
From Costa Rica Border to San Juan Del Sur (Approx. 45min)
You can fly into San Jose or Liberia, which is approx. 2 hrs from the border.
Drive north to the border of Penas Blancas, after you cross the border head north to the road junction of "La Virgen", turn left to San Juan Del Sur. You can also take a taxi direct from the Liberia airport to the border Penas Blancas for approx. $45USD +/-
Take a normal bus or chicken bus from the Penas Blancas border and get off at the "La Virgen" junction. Catch another bus heading west (left) to San Juan Del Sur or catch a taxi or "collectivo", which is a shared taxi.
Directions to Las Palmas Bed and Breakfast from San Juan Del Sur:
Driving into San Juan from La Virgen turn-off, just past the kilometer 139 marker, take the next right onto the interlocking brick road called 'La Chocolata'. (if you see the PALI sign, you have gone too far)..The Centro Civico Cultural y Deportivo building will be on the left. Continue north for 2.2 km. Turn right just past Hotel Bahia del Sol sign. Go straight up hill, then left, continuing up hill. Take next right. You are there. Las Palmas is on this corner. (look for all the palm trees).