Is it safe in Nicaragua?

Nicaragua is often labeled the “safest country in Central America.” I find if you treat people the way you would like to be treated you will be fine. Use common sense and take standard precautions.

Where’s Nicaragua?
It’s in Central America, confines in the south with the Costa Rica and with the Honduras in the north

How big is it?
Nicaragua is 129,494 square kilometers. It is the size of England and Portugal put together.

There is just over 5.2 million people, 1.6 of the population resides in the capital City, Managua. The people are overwhelmingly friendly. Outside the tourist areas and main cities, the locals speak less English.

Which language is spoken?
Spanish is the national language and English is the tourist language.

What is Nicaragua’s climate?
Tropical, the rainy season (their winter) starts in May and ends in October, the dry season (their summer) starts in November and ends in April. The average temperature is between 25 and 35 Celsius. During the rainy season, depending on the region it can mean anything from constant rain to brief but heavy downpours.

Nicaragua’s currency ?
1 Canadian dollar is equal to 22 Cordoba dollars, which is Nicaragua’s currency. 1 U.S dollar equals 30 Cordoba dollars and are accepted everywhere. There are ATM’s widely available. Nearly every restaurant and store will give you the current rate of exchange without any commission.. you will lose $ at banks.

Can You Drink the Water?
It is considered unsafe to drink the tap water in Nicaragua. Bottled water is widely available for about 1 dollar a litre. The water at our property is drinkable and is from an aquifer.

Time zone?
2 hours behind Ontario Canada during daylight savings time, otherwise 1 hour.

How do you get around?
Rent a car, motorcycles, taxis, tour vehicles, minibuses between cities, local buses within cities, pedi-cabs, mehindras (diesel powered 3-wheel taxi) and horse and buggy.

Is entry visa required?
A Visa is not required coming from Canada, you need a valid passport, it is recommended that it have an expiration no less than 6 months.

Typical food?
Gallo Pinto: rice, black bean, salad, fried bananas and meat. Never had a bad meal at a restaurant, yet!

Which is the most practiced religion?
Christianity is the most practiced religion.

Nicaragua driver’s license:
Visitors can use their driver’s license or permits from their country of residence for thirty-days as of their entry to Nicaragua

How Do I Book With Nicaragua For You?
What is required to make a reservation?
You can either reserve the property by calling Dan Smelt at 905-645-4198. When making your reservation, all we require is a 20% deposit that is a non-refundable deposit, which is applied to your rental cost. The remaining balance or the final payment is processed 60 days prior to check-in and is non-refundable at that point.
Guests are welcome to make payments with major credit cards using Paypal, wire transfers, personal and certified checks or money orders.

Does the total include all taxes and fees?

Can I make payments towards my reservation?
Yes. After your initial 20% deposit, you can make payments up until 60 days before check-in, when the balance on your reservation is due. To make payments, you can contact Dan Smelt at 905-645-4198 or Jeff Bousfield at 519-827-6252.

What is your change/cancellation policy?
If you change your reservation, there is a $20 non-refundable fee. No changes can be made within 60 days of your arrival.

Cancellations must be confirmed in writing. The 20% rental reservation deposit is non-refundable. If a reservation is cancelled 60 days or more before arrival, the 20% rental reservation deposit can be applied as a credit towards a future reservation. This credit cannot be used as the deposit for a new reservation. Any reservation that has been cancelled and reinstated is subject to a $50 reinstatement fee to be charged at time of reinstatement.

Cancellations made within 60 days or less of arrival will result in loss of all monies, and any claims must be arranged with the travel insurance company, if a policy was purchased.

How will I receive my confirmation and arrival instructions from Nicaragua for you?
All confirmation and arrival instructions will be sent via email, unless email is unavailable. To make certain you receive these emails, please adjust your spam filter to add the domain info@nicaraguaforyou.com  to your list of accepted email addresses. You will receive a reservation confirmation email within 24 hours of making your reservation. Expect a second email with final confirmation and arrival instructions after your final payment has been applied to the reservation, 60 days from arrival… If you have not received these emails and you have adjusted your spam filters, please contact us at 905-645-4198

Is there air conditioning?
There is air conditioning in all 3 bedrooms plus overhead fans throughout.

Is there a fully equipped kitchen in your vacation home?
Yes, our vacation home has a fully equipped kitchen, including a refrigerator, freezer, oven, stove, microwave, coffee maker, toaster, cookware, tableware and utensils. There is a barbeque outside for your convenience as well.

Are linens and towels provided?
Yes, there are linens and towels provided in our home. All bedding is provided and towels are supplied at twice the maximum occupancy. Note: There are some Beach/pool towels included with our vacation home.

Is the vacation home cleaned daily during our stay?
The vacation home is cleaned before and after your stay, thoroughly.

A cleaning lady will come to the home every morning around 10a.m. till noon to do light duty cleaning, during your stay.

Are the properties non-smoking?
Yes, all of our properties are non-smoking. Smoking is permitted outside of the property only.

Is there an entry tax to the country?
The entry tax is US $10, payable in US dollars or Córdobas. Checks and credit cards are not accepted.

How much should you tip? 

For airport/hotel baggage handlers, US $1.00 per bag is acceptable. For restaurants and other services, 10-15% of value of service is customary but not obligatory.