Safe? You bet! In fact, Nicaragua has the lowest crime rate in all of Central America. Only Chile boasts a higher safety rating then Nicaragua for all Central and South American countries combined according to a report published by The United Nations.
The tap water on the property is very clean and safe to drink. Casa Rosada has a state of the art water system that sources water from our own fresh wells. For those that prefer bottled water, it is still provided at all accommodations.
The ranch underwrites a health clinic just outside its gates which is fully equipped to handle any vacation-related injury or illness. If an issue requires additional attention, we can assist with transportation to the regional hospital in Managua. No vaccines or shots are required to travel to Nicaragua.
Worried about your Spanish skills? Don’t be. The vast majority of our staff know basic English, just speak slow. If you want to learn or brush up your Spanish skills, we offer lessons for $8/hour per person. For more information or to schedule a lesson, please contact our Concierge.
If you are staying at the home you are required to rent a 4×4 vehicle. We would also recommend renting a vehicle even if you are staying at The Inn, Casitas, or Villas as it allows for freedom to explore all parts of the ranch; otherwise, there is a shuttle available upon request.
Map: Click here to view an interactive map of our property.
While renting a car in Managua is an option, we encourage guests to rent from our convenient onsite Dollar Car rental agent where you will receive preferred pricing. We can pick you up at the airport and you can pick up your rented vehicle from the ranch. Click here for our transportation rates.
To request an airport pickup and reserve a rental car from our onsite agent, please contact email@example.com.
Unless you are familiar with the roads in Nicaragua, we recommend you let us pick you up at the airport. Casa Rosada is about 2 hours from Managua. As with all Latin American countries, there are very few street signs, roads are not well lit, and GPS is not always reliable or available.
If you do choose to rent your own car and drive, driving directions from Managua can be found here. If renting your own car, we require you to have a 4×4 vehicle. The vast and varied terrain of the ranch is not always easily accessible without a four wheel drive vehicle.
Due to the high nighttime accident rate caused by farm animals on the road and to ensure the safety of our guests and staff, Casa Rosada cannot provide ground transportation before sunrise or after sunset. We strongly recommend our guests avoid driving at night as well. If you are arriving in the evening we would be happy to assist you with making hotel arrangements in Granada or Managua.
*Please note: If you decide to not use our airport pick up service and instead rent a vehicle from the airport, be aware that it is not uncommon to be pulled over by police in and around downtown Managua. In most cases they will simply ask for a valid driver’s license and registration. In the event of a traffic violation, you will be given a ticket (known as a multa) and your license will be held in Managua until you pay a fine.
Costa Esmeralda Airport (ECI) is now open. Sansa Airlines currently offers 10 commercial flights to ECI from Liberia each week. La Costeña Airlines offers commercial flights from Managua to Costa Esmeralda seasonally. Private charter flights can also be arranged directly through their websites.
Helicopter transfers are also available. The ride is about 30 minutes. Please inquire with the reservations team for additional pricing and information.
Please note the no ATV’s, motorcycles, or golf carts are allowed on property. For additional information, see our travel page.
Local Currency and Cash
The local currency is Cordobas (NIO). The current conversion rate can be found at XE Currency Converter. You will not need to bring or carry much cash. The US dollar is accepted almost everywhere in Nicaragua and we have ATM’s available at the ranch. Casa Rosada also uses a “wallet-less” system. Upon arrival you will open an account at the ranch where all goods and services will be charged. A 10% gratuity and 15% IVA (Nicaraguan Sales Tax) is included on everything at the ranch except for housekeeping and spa services. For all other services, tipping is similar to the United States.
Nicaragua uses the same electrical current and outlets as the United States (110 Volt, 60mz). Most cell phones will work and free wifi is available at all properties.
The electrical grid does experience unplanned outages from time to time; however, all accommodations are equipped with back-up power to run lights and basic appliances.
No pets are allowed on property at any time. Exceptions are made for service animals with proper documentation.
A full list of activities and amenities can be found on our amenities page. In addition, there are a number of available day trips and excursions for those wanting to explore more of Nicaragua. For a full list of recommendations, prices, or to arrange transportation please speak with a reservations specialist or Concierge.