Fly into MGA/ Managua; Augusto C. Sandino International Airport
Book before high season and you can get a good deal on flights. Between end Nov to Mar, flights are more expensive.
Airlines that fly to Nicaragua; United, Delta, Air Transat, Copa, Spirit, Avianca, Aeromexico, American Airlines, British Airways.
Flying from Toronto or Montreal; direct flights to MGA (Managua) with Air Transat from December to March.
Once you arrive to Managua we can arrange transport to get to Salinas Grandes.
Earlier this spring (April 2018), residents of Nicaragua protested changes by the government regarding social programs offered in the country.
This news created protests and roadblocks in the major Nicaraguan cities, which led to several violent attacks on the Nicaraguan protesters.
This issue was not about foreigners or visitors; this was an entirely domestic dispute.
For several months now, the unrest, fighting and road blocks have ceased. Life here in Nicaragua has resumed as it was before.
Unfortunately, however, thousands of Nicaraguans have lost their jobs due to the decline in tourism and several foreign-owned and local businesses have shut down. It will take years to recover to the levels it once was.
What both the government and Nicaraguans agree on, is the need to revitalize tourism.
(Updated September 2018)
We live and work here full time in Salinas Grandes in a remote ocean-side part of the country, and we have had no incidences of protests or violence here. We are not leaving.
KARL - AUGUST 2018
'My wife and I booked our trip to go to Salt Escapes, shortly after booking, civil unrest broke out! We saw gory videos online, read about people getting attacked in the streets and all kinds of stuff that would make any tourist shy away from going to Nicaragua. We kept in touch with M&R, and they told us in June that the country was at a standstill, how there where barricades and road blocks all over, etc. We were about to cancel, but WE ARE SURE GLAD WE DIDN'T! We decided on one last video chat with them before our departure to discuss the situation there, and things were calming down immensely. They said things seem fine, as the roadblocks are being torn down and there was free circulation again. Based on their advice, and knowing they would not put anyone in danger, we decided to continue on our trip. We are SO GLAD WE DID! The drive from the airport out to the beach was beautiful. It was certainly not apparent that much was going on. Things sure didn't seem dangerous to any extent. Like I said, we are very glad we went. Their properties are gorgeous, the beach is serene for days, and the food is absolutely phenomenal! Matt and Rachel are the best hosts you could ever have. We can't wait to go back, and we would go back tomorrow if we could.'
DAN - APRIL 2018 (Arrived the night the protest broke out.)
"One may have asked for a better introduction to Nicaragua. But we could not have asked for better hosts. Thank you for making sure we were well taken care of in Managua (Thank you Steven!). It’s not easy to get to, and that’s just the way we like it. It was an amazing stay, and we never felt that we were without. How could you with an idyllic pool and the sounds of crashing waves. We had Rachel and Matt arrange transportation, as well as pick us up local groceries and fish; do this. And you should definitely go here. As we were walking down the empty, beautiful beach hand-in-hand, we truly felt like we were the only ones alive."
Of course, we can’t guarantee there won’t be any more issues in Nicaragua. We can say the government is committed to help Nicaraguans to get back to work, revive tourism, and based on history, we don’t foresee any problems where we are in Salinas Grandes.
Like any trip, we recommend all our guests to purchase travel and flight insurance just in case.
Also Let us help you plan your trip, we can help with private transportation and plans arranged to keep your mind at ease.
The people of Nicaragua are some of the kindest, most welcoming people. We cannot wait to share this place, this country and its people with you when you come.
Check out recent comments from travelers to Nicaragua discussing current and pending trips:
Canadians: Air Transat just posted some awesome flight deals to Nicaragua this winter
Like any trip, we recommend all our guests to purchase travel and flight insurance just in case.If you need anymore information to help you plan your relaxing vacation, please let us know!
You are required to pay $10 USD once you arrive in Nicaragua at the airport
Nicaragua accepts Cordobas or USD. We advise you to exchange your cash once you are in Leon and not at the airport. There are banks and cambios (money exhangers) that you can easily exchange your USD for Cordobas.
There are ATMs at the Managua Airport, but it’s good to bring some cash while travelling. Credit cards are accepted in many place in Managua and Leon, but smaller stores and communities will only accept cash. We accept cash or credit card at the beach via Pay Pal. *** Small processing fee applies when using credit cards.
Extra money is essential. The nearest ATM is an hour away. Be sure to bring smaller fresh bills such as $5’s, $10’s, and $20’s.
Tipping is another reason to bring a little extra money. It is always welcomed to tip tour guides, drivers and the cooking/cleaning staff at the end of the week.
Customary gratuity is 10-15% of your total stay.
*** There is not much opportunity for the people of Salinas Grandes to earn a decent living. Our goal at Salt Escapes is to train and instill skills in all our workers no matter the role. Please consider the impact of tipping even a small amount. Your tips will be combined with the tips from all of the other guests and distributed at the end of your stay. Tipping is not mandatory. Below is a general guideline of tipping amounts:
Kitchen staff $1-2 per meal or $5/stay per guest
Cleaners $2 /day
Guides/drivers $1-2 /hour
Paying for your vacation in advance
We offer the ability to enjoy a cash free vacation.
Send us payment upon booking and enjoy your stay with out the worry of travelling with cash.
On-site - during your stay
Paying for your retreat or workshop
Payment in installments:
Please contact us in advance to help organize your transportation needs.
• $10 Salinas Grandes- One-Way
• $15 HWY 12- One-way
• $20 Leon – One-way (Matt)
• $80 – One-way, airport/Managua (1-4 ppl)
• $120 – One-way, airport/ Managua (4-8 ppl)
Taxi: We have a driver who we exclusively use for all our airport runs. For local runs to and from Leon we can arrange a ride with Ulyses, Pablo or Matt.
Bus: There is also a local bus that you can catch from Salinas Grandes. This is about a 45-60 mins walk on the beach (best during low tide) and will take you to Leon. If you want to go to Managua, take the Salinas bus to the main paved hwy and get off to catch a bus to Managua.
Car Rental:If you are looking to rent a vehicle, we suggest a 4x4. You can rent right from the airport or there are other options in Leon. Please let us know if you need any information.
• We are about 4 hours drive from San Juan Del Sur
• We are about 45 mins from Leon
• We are about 2 hours from Managua
• We are about 3 hours from Granada
• We are about 2.5 hours from Masaya
• We are about 2 hours and 45 mins from Caterina & San Juan de Oriente
Nicaragua is hot all year round. As a tropical country, there are two distinct seasons: the rainy (green) season and the dry season. The locals call these; invierno (winter) and verano (summer). The rainy season lasts from May to October, and the wettest months are September until early November. January to April are hot and dry with no rain.
November the air is fresh, the landscape is green and the days are hot and sometimes humid. Afternoon is when the clouds roll in and showers or storms occur in the late afternoon/evening. December benefits from the rainy season's cool fresh air in the mornings and by the late morning things heat up. This is the month things start to dry out and the heat begins. End of November tourism picks up and prices seem to increase.
January to March is hot with blue skies. There is no rain. The ocean is warming up. There is always a breeze making the heat not seem as hot as it is. There is a constant breeze coming off the ocean during these months. December to March is a great time for beginner surf lessons.
April the heat is getting heavy and starting to be very humid. Overcast can occur with the clouds starting to come through. Still very hot and sunny. The ocean is very warm. As an intermediate to advance surfer, April on is a great time to visit. Salinas Grandes is so remote with no walk by traffic. You will have the beach and the waves all to yourself.
May to June the rains start. This isn't the true rainy season. With one rain the area changes form and everything comes to life and is green again. This is when low season begins and you can often encounter discounts when travelling.
July to about mid August there is what they call 'summer' in the middle of their winter. This is a period of about a month where there is no rain and it feels like January. Everything is lush and green. Blue skies and hot ocean water. This is an exceptional time to visit as there is little tourist.
August to October is the coolest with the most rain. September to October are the months that encounter the most storms. A good rule of thumb is start early in the am and get to your destination by 2 pm before the clouds come in and the rains start.
Lastly, Salt Escapes is so far removed from anything that there is little to no light pollution. This makes night time star gazing absolutely incredible. Nicaragua is beautiful all year round, with exquisite sunsets and has a variety of different temperatures for all kinds of people to enjoy. Whether you like the dry hot down south vacation or if you like a cooler over cast day - this country has it all.
Remember when packing/ shopping, to grab the essentials. Each home comes with different amenities. Please make sure to check what you need before you arrive at the beach.
We offer a wide variety of vacation home
Nicaragua is a safe country to visit. Like traveling in any country, its important to exercise caution with your valuables. Due to our remote location, there is not much traffic. South of Salinas Grandes, on the beach, walking along the beach you will not bump into many people. Closer to Salinas Grandes the community you will see more people as this is a fisherman’s community. We do not offer safes in the rooms. We have keys for you to lock the doors when you leave and security guards patrolling the area at night. If you feel you need an extra level of comfort for your valuables, we suggest you bring a lock from home to secure your zipper on your luggage.
*** All treatments are offered in roomRachel Llewellyn RMT, FST, Doula/Labour support
• $60 – 1 hour
• $75 – 75 mins
• $90 -90 mins
• $120 – 2 hours
*** All prices are in USD and will vary depending on your departure location as this will change the duration of transportation.
• Turtle sanctuary: During the months of Nov to early Jan, most afternoons around sunset, you can gather on the beach and release baby turtles. This is one incredible experience to be a part of. Donations are welcomed as this is a small locally run and funded project called Tortuga Vivero. Entrance fee: $5 USD/per person (mandatory donation to help support the project.)
• Boat Tour: Take a ride on the ocean or in the estuary and see the beautiful landscape of Nicaragua. Price can vary depending on what tour operator is available. Transportation not included.
• Fishing: Depending on the time of year, fishing is plentiful. You can cast right here on the beach, take a boat ride on the ocean or take a boat ride into the estuary.
Salinas Grandes Beach Day Resort: On-site bar, pool, chairs, umbrella, rancho and rentals. Kayak, boogie boards, SUP boards, and boat ride available. Located near the river mouth also known as La Garita.
• Surfing: We can arrange lessons. This is 2 hours of on land instruction and water time. Private or semi-private lessons available. We can arrange surfboard rentals for you in advance. $15/ day board rental. $30 for 2 hour lessons (1-2 ppl max)
• Salt Factory Tour: Check out Salinsa. This is the Salt Factory located in the small village. Tour the area and see the expansive salt flats. $10/pers
• Horseback riding: Take a ride on the beach $30/pers
• Kayaking in the Juan Venado: Spend the morning or afternoon on a leisurely kayaking tour. Lots of beautiful birds and mangroves to see.
• Volcano hiking or boarding: Hike up the side of Telica or Cerro Negro volcano and see the stunning views this country has to offer. You can also toboggan down the side Cerro Negro. (Pricing will vary depending on tour company).
• Leon City Tour: Leon is the second largest city in Nicaragua, after Managua. León has long been the political and intellectual center of the nation and its National Autonomous University of Nicaragua (UNAN) was founded in 1813, making it the second oldest university in Central America. Walk the streets and get a feel for this vibrant Nicaraguan city. Enjoy the historical elements, walk the market and stop for a delish local lunch.
• Flor de Cana Rum Distillery Tour: Visit the Rum Distillery and sample the award winning rum at Flor de Cana tours
• Community Project: Casa Verde - Take a trip up the coast to Las Penitas and volunteer with a great project. They are working with-in the schools and children to educate the importance of keeping our environment clean. They have implemented a garbage system and are now looking to do recycling in the community. Please ask us how to get involved!
• Community Project: Salinas Bonitas This is a program that has been started right up the beach from us. A fellow Canadian has gotten a project going on a garbage program in Salinas. Please ask us how you can get involved.