How to Get to Nicaragua.. Now!
Is everything open? Si! Is it crowded? No!
Getting to Nicaragua might be slightly more difficult than going to the grocery store, but it is infinitely more exciting. Everything is open here and there is plenty of space to move and breathe, whether at TreeCasa or one of the many beaches in the area.
Truth is, it’s not hard to get here, but there are a couple choice to make. First off, there are 2 airports to choose from 1) Managua, Nicaragua or 2) Liberia, Costa Rica. Either way getting to TreeCasa from the airport are equal rides in length and scenery (volcanoes, lakes, and windmills) so choosing the airport is a matter of flight costs, convenience and your overall travel plans.
MGA is a small airport on the outskirts of Managua, very easy to get in and out of on your way south to TreeCasa. In non-COVID times this is the preferred route if you are just visiting Nicaragua and also wanted to see the town of Granada or venture into the coffee and chocolate country in the north.
At this time flying into Managua, Nicaragua (MGA) is currently a bit more expensive for the best flight times as only Avianca Airlines is running commercial flights. This is because the airlines flying into Nicaragua are required to submit the results of your Covid PCR test (NOT the “rapid test”) at least 36 hours before flying, but the test must be taken no more than 72 hours before the flight. So, you have 36 hours to get your test results back and send to the airlines, which can be a bit tight even though many US testing sites now offer results within 24 hours. TIP: Until this policy changes, it is unlikely any other airlines will fly to MGA even though they are selling seats in advance already so we do NOT recommend booking other than Avianca at this time.
Flying out of Managua, if you need a Covid PCR test (required currently for anyone returning from anywhere into the US) you will go to the Nicaraguan Ministry of Health in the morning to take the test ($150) and return after 3pm to get the results. This is the only place to take a test in Managua and while there are no appointments, our experience has been all who have gone for tests there have received them same day.
Note: the Costa Rica border is set to re-open in both directions April 5th 2021, enabling round trip Liberia flights.
Liberia (LIR) currently has the best selection and pricing for flights. While you do not need a Covid test for Costa Rica, you do need to purchase special health travel insurance even if you are just passing through. The cost is around $11/day with a 5 day minimum, so $55 or so buying from one of these approved options : INS Sagicor, or BlueCross
Arriving via land at the Nicaragua/Costa Rica border, the Covid test for Nicaragua does not need to be submitted beforehand and it can be taken up to 72 hours before traveling. With that you have enough time to take the test at home before flying and get the results by the time you cross the border. Or, testing can be done flying in or out near the Liberia Airport at https://www.metropolitanocr.com/ ($96 currently)
Wherever you land, a TreeCasa shuttle can be arranged to whisk you from the tarmac to the treehouse.
Why wait for the world to start up again? Secure your space in paradise now.
Once you’re here, you can stay awhile with our new long-stay discounts up to 30% off rooms. And if you must, you can get some serious work done with our rock-solid wi-fi and variety of co-working spaces indoors and out.