Budgeting for Your Nicaraguan Getaway

Nicaragua is the largest Central American nation that has remained true to its historical prominence. The colonial towns, remnants of the revolution, Caribbean hideaways, jungles, and white sandy beaches are just some of the few things that the country has to offer. A paradise waiting to be explored, Nicaragua is a destination that’s waiting for budget-minded travelers to journey to.

While flights to Nicaragua are quite affordable, many people are on a tight budget so they’ll sift through flight comparison sites for the cheapest tickets. Travelers should be aware that the most economical flight options might not end up being suitable for their budget, as Parking4Less points out that hidden costs are usually incurred on most budget tickets. Additional payments could be required if the ticket doesn’t include airport taxes, and possibly if you check-in online.

Your next biggest expense is lodgings, with accommodation in the country averaging at about $25 a night for a double room and private bathroom at a hostel. Dorm rooms are about $6 to $12. “Hospedajes” are the most popular accommodation of choice for travelers, which are small family-run hostels that range between $20 to $25 a night.

nicaraguan foodCheap local food can be found at food stalls and eateries all around the country, but there are many restaurants to dine at as well. To really make the most out of your budget and your cultural exploration of Nicaragua, try to stay away from familiar cuisines that you’d normally eat at home, but if you must, those meals will cost you around 30-45 Cordobas. If you do the conversion, that’s less than $2, and local meals will be half that price. In terms of local cuisine, Jack and Jill Travel say to expect a lot of rice, beans, and tortillas in your meals.

Transportation is extremely inexpensive, with bus fares within the city only costing $0.20. These buses aren’t the safest way to travel since they tend to get crowded and pickpockets are known to frequent the buses especially at night. A short taxi ride will set you back $2 or little less. If you’re traveling to different cities, fares are around $3.

Just like everything else listed here, activities in Nicaragua are easy on the wallet. Nomadic Matt says that day trips, such as volcano boarding and hiking, will cost you around $10 to $30. Museum entry fees are normally between $1 to $2.

If you’re having trouble figuring out where to jet off to next, consider visiting Nicaragua, you definitely won’t regret it.


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