Long-time readers of the RightSide Guide know that Nicaragua’s beloved airline, La Costeña, does not rank very high on my list of reputable companies. People often ask me why. What has La Costeña done that a traveler should be wary? Why should they consider the more adventurous land route over a quick and easy flight? [...]
Just when you thought you could get away with carrying that rabid dog onto the plane in Managua… “But it’s Nicaragua! C’mon, I know how things work!” you might say to yourself. Sorry, even bribes don’t help. God knows I tried.
Yes ladies and gentleman, if the idea of getting to Greytown by riding in a bus all day from Managua and then rolling down the river all day from San Carlos doesn’t sound like an inspiring journey, you can now make the trip in a hour and a half with La Costeña for $180 round [...]
I recently returned to the states for a couple of weeks. While it was nice to indulge in sloppy Texas BBQ, hot water and driving a car, I still found myself cooking with coconut oil, speaking with creole grammar and when it came time for my overnight layovers in the Miami airport, I came prepared: [...]
Let this be a warning to all La Costeña passengers, and all airline passengers in general: Do NOT leave small items of value (rings, watches, jewelry, cash, etc) in your checked luggage. “Security” has sticky fingers! I returned from Corn Island to Bluefields on the first flight Tuesday the 12th. It had been a good [...]
I haven’t checked luggage on an airplane in about the last eight years or so. My trip to the states and back made up for all that frustration I have saved! I do tend to travel light, luggage included. This time I checked my things…which was all of my stuff double bagged in a giant [...]