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WorldEast PacificMiddle AmericaCentral AmericaNicaragua
Capital Managua
Language Spanish
Currency Córdoba (NIO)
Time zone CST (UTC−6)
Calling code +505

Nicaragua is bordered by Honduras to the north and by Costa Rica to the south. The Pacific Ocean lies to the west of the country, while the Caribbean Sea lies to the east. Falling within the tropics, Nicaragua sits 11 degrees north of the Equator, in the Northern Hemisphere.

The Caribbean coastline is much more sinuous than its generally straight Pacific counterpart. Lagoons and deltas make it very irregular. Nicaragua's tropical east coast is very different from the rest of the country. The climate is predominantly tropical, with high temperature and high humidity. Around the area's principal city of Bluefields, English is widely spoken along with the official Spanish and the population more closely resembles that found in many typical Caribbean ports than the rest of Nicaragua.


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Nicaragua has a tropical climate with generally hot and humid conditions. Temperatures are around or just above 30 degrees Celcius during the day most of the year and most areas are still above 20 degrees Celcius at night. Nicaragua has two seasons regarding rainfall. A dry and slightly cooler November to April season and a wet season (but not raining all day) during May to October. Hurricanes occasionally hit the country from July/August onwards.

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A permit must be obtained in Managua if you wish to visit the Corn Islands, Bluefields and Puerto Cabezas.


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Customs and Immigration


  • Firearms, ammunition and animals must be declared on arrival along with a declaration of currency and valuables.
  • Medications must have accompanying prescriptions.
  • Canned meats and dairy products are prohibited imports.
  • There is no restriction on the maxium length of stay for a yacht in the country.


Passports must have a validity of at least six months. Prior visas are not required for citizens of most countries - a tourist visa card is purchased on entry. This CA-4 visa applies to:- Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua. The length of stay is normally 90 days and applies to the whole group. Only one extension will be granted. To remain in the region longer, a visit to a country outside the CA-4 area must be made and a new visa is issued on re-entry.

Fees and Charges

  • Tourist Visa (per person) = US$9 (Apr '08)
  • Sailing Permit = US$25 (Apr '08)
  • Govt. Tax on vessel
    • Entry = US$15 (Apr '08)
    • Exit = US$15 (Apr '08)
  • Exit Zarpe = US$25 (Apr '08)


Health and Security


  • Malaria prophylaxis is highly recommended.




A pacific beach in Nicaragua
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Caribbean Coast Pacific Coast
El Bluff El Bluff/wiki/El_Bluff Port of entry icon – port of entry |Harbour icon – harbour |Needs data icon – needs data |
Corinto Corinto /wiki/Corinto Port of entry icon – port of entry |Harbour icon – harbour |Anchorage icon – anchorage |Needs data icon – needs data |
Marina Puesta Del Sol Marina Puesta Del Sol /wiki/Marina_Puesta_Del_Sol Port of entry icon – port of entry |Marina icon – marina |Needs data icon – needs data |
Puerto Sandino Puerto Sandino /wiki/Puerto_Sandino Port of entry icon – port of entry |Harbour icon – harbour |Needs data icon – needs data |
San Juan del Sur San Juan del Sur /wiki/San_Juan_del_Sur Port of entry icon – port of entry |Harbour icon – harbour |Needs data icon – needs data |


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{{Reference|Rod Heikel|Greek Waters Pilot|Imray|Laurie and Wilson, Cambridgeshire (2010)|9780852889718}}, expands to
Rod Heikell, Greek Waters Pilot, Imray Laurie and Wilson, Cambridgeshire (2010), ISBN 9780852889718
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