Things to Know, FAQ and Do’s & Dont’s

Where do you fly to?

MGA airport code is Managua International Airport the capital city of Nicaragua, approximately 103 kilometers / 65 miles from Finca Las Nubes which is roughly a two-hour drive

LIR is the airport code for Guanacaste Airport | Daniel Oduber Quiros Airport located in Liberia, Costa Rica, approximately 80 kilometers / 50 miles from Finca Las Nubes. If you fly into Costa Rica, you must travel by car (about 1 hour and 20 minutes) to the Costa Rica/Nicaragua border and cross by foot. Once in Nicaragua, the drive to Finca Las Nubes is an additional 40 minutes. The border crossing is relatively simple and straightforward and sometimes the difference in airfare makes Liberia a better destination to fly into.


You are responsible for renting your own vehicle. We suggest a 4×4 or all-terrain vehicle for better access to surrounding beaches, etc. You can rent via any of the major companies online (Budget, Alamo, Dollar, National, etc.) There are also many vehicles available for rent within San Juan directly by the owner. These are often advertised on Facebook groups like “Life and Travel in San Juan del Sur”.

Airport Transfers

We can help arrange door-to-door private airport greeting pickup and departure transfers for your group via a trusted third party transportation company. Feel free to write to us and we can request a quote for you.

The Location

The farm is a 5 minute drive from San Juan Del Sur, the houses are located one mile up our private road from the highway offering unparalleled privacy, security and views.

What is the currency situation?

The national currency is the Nicaragua Córdoba with an exchange rate of approximately 36.60 to 1 US or 26.96 to 1 Canadian dollars. U.S. dollars are readily accepted everywhere, however it is hard to exchange an imperfect dollar bill here (even small tears or stains), so be aware of that if bringing cash. We do not suggest exchanging at the airport, US dollars are accepted everywhere and the exchange rate will be much better anywhere outside of the airport. ATMs are available that dispense US Dollars as well as local currency and you may also exchange at the official exchange rate at any national bank with your passport as ID.

What is included with the house?

Three meals a day prepared at home, daily maid service

What else should I be prepared to spend money on?

Outside activities, day trips, tours, excursions, surf board rental, park fees, beach entrance fees, rental vehicle, fuel, insurance, round trip airport transfers, meals out, souvenirs and tips.

What’s the weather like?

Finca Las Nubes is approximately 1500 feet higher in elevation than the town of San Juan, we enjoy a cooler micro-climate with mild temperatures that range from 75° to 80° Fahrenheit

Local Taxes

Nicaragua has a national flat rate 15% sales tax on everything sold.

Tipping and Gratuity

Tipping is customary in Nicaragua. We recommend house staff tips start at $10 a day per person in your group. In bars and restaurants 10%-20% for service tips is the norm – you may find that restaurants automatically add 10% gratuity to your food bill – this is voluntary and can be removed upon request.

Do you need vaccines to travel to Nicaragua?

There are no travel vaccines required unless you are traveling from a country or have been to recently that is deemed high risk for Yellow Fever by the World Health Organization (WHO) which currently include: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Venezuela, and every African country except the Democratic Republic of Congo, Tanzania, São Tomé and Príncipe, and Somalia. The Nicaragua health department (MINSA) requires official and valid proof of vaccination upon entry if traveling from any of the countries listed above and the vaccine must have been administered AT LEAST 10 days prior to entry to Nicaragua.

What wildlife is on the farm?

Our most exotic wildlife are two types of tree sloths, the two-toed and three-toed sloth are residents on the farm and can be seen year-round. Howler monkeys are seen or heard almost every day and less common are white-faced and spider monkeys. Giant iguana, although hard to spot, are abundant here. We have ring-tailed foxes on the farm, coyotes, small forest deer, armadillos, anteaters, opossum, porcupines. We see rare tropical birds such as scarlet Macaws and our national the bird turquoise-browed motmot, a very colorful medium-sized bird with a fancy tail, magpies are commonly seen at the houses as well as wild tropical parrots, weaver birds, falcons, owls and many types of bats.

What are the surf conditions?

Surf conditions are good year-round with nearly 300 days of offshore wind. The dry season comes with a south swell that brings bigger and more consistent surf to Southern Nicaragua. Everybody surfs in shorts or a bathing suit, very rarely do you see anyone wearing a wetsuit, the water conditions are tropical with cooler water currents in January through March.

What are the Visa Requirements?

Nicaragua tourist visa is not required for citizens of Canada or the United States, all visitors are required to obtain a Tourist Card (USD $13) on arrival. You must have a passport with at least 6 months validity.

What are the farm activities?

You can walk our farm trails looking for wildlife, practice Spanish with our staff, milk cows, collect eggs, play mini golf at Peace and Cake, skate at the park, mountain bike, take poolside yoga class, get a massage or spa treatment, volunteer at any of our community or school projects and take a number of excursions to the local beaches or the town of San Juan.

Security & Safety

Only residents and guests are allowed on the farm. We have 24 hour security and gated entry. We have never had any issues here on the farm with regard to the security of our guests.