Nicaragua

Capital Managua

Population 6,262,703

Area 130,373 km2

Key facts

Nicaragua is a country located in Central America. There are 2 countries (Costa Rica, Honduras) that Nicaragua shares its borders with. The official language of Nicaragua is Spanish. Traveling across Nicaragua if English is your first (and only) language may be difficult due to language barriers.

In the EF English Competency Index (EF EPI), which assesses the language proficiency of non-native speaking countries, Nicaragua was ranked 76th out of 100 countries in 2021.

The national currency in Nicaragua is Nicaraguan córdoba (NIO). The córdoba (C$) is subdivided into 100 centavo.

With today’s currency rate, 1 EUR is worth 39.08 NIO and 1 USD is worth 36.4 NIO.

Nicaraguan
Banknotes

C$10C$20C$50C$100C$200C$500

Nicaraguan
Coins

5102550C$1C$5C$10

Check with your bank before your trip to find out if there are any fees for using your card abroad. Some banks do not charge fees when you use a foreign ATM or pay in foreign currency, but others may charge a fixed cost for each transaction or allow a limited number of free withdrawals. The travel card provided by Wise.com, Revolut or Monose might be an excellent option to cut down on transaction fees.

Ookla® Speedtest The average fixed internet speed in Nicaragua is 61.73 Mbps and mobile is 28.59 Mbs.The global average is 150.61 Mbps and 97.08 Mbps respectively.

ATM Density It may be difficult to locate an ATM in Nicaragua.21.50 ATMs per 100,000 people.The global average is 41.24.

SIM Registration You can buy a SIM card in Nicaragua without having to register it with your ID or passport.

Socket types

There are 2 socket types used in Nicaragua. Type A & Type B are widespread in North America (incl. the U.S.), Central America, Japan, and the Philippines.

Type A 120 V, 60 Hz  Type B 120 V, 60 Hz  

The sockets’ shapes and voltage differ from country to country and a travel plug adapter may be required. Portable devices, such as phones, notebooks or tablets, usually handle the entire range of voltages used across the world (110-240V).

Public holidays

In the year 2023, Nicaragua will celebrate 12 national public holidays. The next one Holy Thursday will take place on April 6.

Date Holiday name
January 1, 2023 New Year’s DayNew Year’s Day
February 1, 2023 Air Force DayAir Force Day
April 6, 2023Moving holiday Holy ThursdayHoly Thursday
May 1, 2023 Labour DayLabour Day
May 27, 2023 Army DayArmy Day
July 19, 2023 Liberation DayLiberation Day
September 14, 2023 Battle of San JacintoBattle of San Jacinto
September 15, 2023 Independence DayIndependence Day
October 12, 2023 Indigenous Resistance DayIndigenous Resistance Day
December 8, 2023 Immaculate ConceptionImmaculate Conception
December 25, 2023 Christmas DayChristmas Day
December 31, 2023 New Year’s EveNew Year’s Eve

Tourism

What hotel chains are present in Nicaragua?

There are no Mariott hotels in Nicaragua.

The Hilton hotel chain operates in Nicaragua.

The IHG hotel chain operates in Nicaragua.

The Best Western hotel chain operates in Nicaragua.

There are no Radisson hotels in Nicaragua.

There are no Accor hotels in Nicaragua.

What fast food chains are present in Nicaragua?

The McDonald’s chain operates in Nicaragua.

The KFC chain does not operate in Nicaragua.

The Burger King chain operates in Nicaragua.

The Subway chain operates in Nicaragua.

The Domino’s Pizza chain does not operate in Nicaragua.

The Starbucks chain does not operate in Nicaragua.

Weather

What is the weather like in Managua?

Today the sun in Managua, rises at 6:07 AM and sets at 5:50 PM. The climate of Managua may be categorized as a equatorial savanna (Aw), according to Koppen’s classification system.

WednesdayFeb 8Partly cloudlyLow: 23.8°C (74.84°F)High: 33°C (91.4°F)
TodayFeb 9Partly cloudlyLow: 23.5°C (74.3°F)High: 32.6°C (90.68°F)
FridayFeb 10Partly cloudlyLow: 23.4°C (74.12°F)High: 32°C (89.6°F)
SaturdayFeb 11Partly cloudlyLow: 23.6°C (74.48°F)High: 33.5°C (92.3°F)
SundayFeb 12Partly cloudlyLow: 23.3°C (73.94°F)High: 33.1°C (91.58°F)
MondayFeb 13Partly cloudlyLow: 23°C (73.4°F)High: 33.2°C (91.76°F)

Weather data for Managua (capital city) by Open-Meteo.com

Transport

Railways There are no passenger trains available.

Subway Systems There is no subway system in any city.

Taxi Apps Unfortunately neither Uber nor Bolt are available in Nicaragua.

Car Rental Avis , Sixt , Hertz are all available in Nicaragua.

Road Connectivity Index (2016)  With a score of 3.9, Nicaragua is placed 92nd out of 129 nations.

Driving Side In Nicaragua traffic is right-handed.

Safety

Theft Occurrence Rate  179.00 thefts per 100,000 people in 2010.The global average is 544.

Road Traffic Casualties 16.90 deaths per 100,000 people in 2019.The global average is 16.71.

Travel Advisory Level (U.S. DoS)  Level 3: Reconsider travel. 

Emergency phones in Nicaragua

118 Police
128 Ambulance
128 Fire police

Sources

Smoking & Alcohol

Smoking ban No known rules against smoking, or no information is available.

Cananbis legality Both recreational and medicinal use of cannabis is prohibited.

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