Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Nicaragua to Costa Rica

Recently we took our first trip to Costa Rica to renew our visitor visa. The current rules for visitors from Canada is that you receive a 90 day visitors visa when you enter Nicaragua. When your 90 days are up you need to renew your visa in one of two ways - you either buy an extension (up to 90 days) or you leave the country and return to Nicaragua and receive another 90 days. You can only renew your visa in a country that is not part of the C4 (Honduras, Nicaragua, Guatemala and El Salvador) so the closest for us is Costa Rica.

Since we had already prepaid for a bus ticket from Managua to San Jose, Costa Rica as our proof of onward travel we decided to take a short vacation for our visa run.  We spent 3 nights in Costa Rica at Playa Hermosa, Guanacaste - a beautiful little beach town on the Pacific side of the country. Here is a breakdown of our costs:

Hotels: Hostal Dulce Sueno in Managua = $16.00
            Villa Kokomo in Playa Hermosa, Guanacaste = $120.00 (3 nights @ $40.00/night)
            Hostal El Carmen in Granada = $11.00
Food: Groceries = $42.12
          Restaurants in Costa Rica = $104.19
          Restaurants in Nicaragua = $29.91
Border Fees: $4/person to leave Nicaragua = $8.00
                     $14/person to return to Nicaragua = $28.00
Transportation: Local Bus to Playa Hermosa and return to Liberia = $6.35
                       Tica Bus, Taxi and InterLocal Buses in Nicaragua = $77.55
Snorkel Trip = $63.41

Total expenses for visa run/vacation: $516.92. We will be exploring less expensive alternatives for future visa runs.

Nicaragua Border

Nicaragua Border

Nicaragua Border