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Crossing at Peñas Blancas

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dalepues
8/25/2019 23:15 EST

Good evening everybody. Been a while since I posted here. Been a while since I visited Nicaragua, June of last year in fact. I'm planning a trip through San Jose (best airfares) and would like some updated information on crossing at Peñas Blancas. Final destination is Jinotepe/Diriamba. Anything in particular that I need to know? Thanks, and hope everyone (from the old days and the new days) is doing well.

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waltermboyles
8/26/2019 08:44 EST

I am not much help, but I have a question: is San Jose cheaper to fly into than Liberia?? We are too old to mess with the frontier anymore - better for us to pay the rape & fly into MGA. Thanks for your answer. The frontier was very normal at the end of July. We are driving thru late in Aug. H2O 212F

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KeyWestPirate
8/26/2019 11:59 EST

My wife flew out of San Jose in March,, the flight was half of what MGA was looking for at the time.

It's no big deal leaving,, the bus from the Peñas Blancas border directly to San Jose (stops at the airport) is only $8 and takes 4-5 hours.

Coming back with a lot of baggage is a little more difficult! You'll need a taxi to take you to the other side of the divided highway, where you will pick up a bus running north to Liberia. Easy transfer to a Peñas Blancas bus, and frequent departures.


What I'm saying is,, going north the bus doesn't stop at the airport. But it's no big deal. These are conventional express buses, not chicken buses, you baggage will be loaded below, and is secure.


An alternative is to take a Taxi into San Jose, spend the night, and get the TransNica bus north. Used to be $54 to Estelí

The advantage for me is San Jose has a far wider range of destinations,, so you don't wind up re-crossing the country. Prices are better, true,, and the experience is superior.


Crossing the border at Peñas Blancas to CR is incredibly easy on foot. The bus to SJO waits on the west side of the immigration building.

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dalepues
8/26/2019 23:20 EST

Hi Walter, I plan on flying Spirit from Orlando (MCO) into San Jose. It's a direct flight, lands around one p.m., costs around three hundred. The buses from San Jose to Diriamba are tolerable. The Spirit flight into Managua lands just after midnight, which I do not want to do. There are other airlines of course, American, Delta, etc, but their fares are much higher and the flights are all connections and much longer. Orlando is convenient for me since it's not too far from my home.

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elduendegrande
8/27/2019 09:24 EST

I looked at some flights out of Liberia including Southwest and found they were very limited and probably seasonal. Check it out, if it works for you it saves 4 hours of bus time.
SJO is a virtual paradise, especially if you stay in nearby Alejuela. My current thinking is that if we get chased out of Nic. the only place inc.a. I will consider is Alejuela and the airport is a big part of this.

Note--always ask the CR buses if they stop at the airport, some do and some don't and some will do it on request--maybe.

Now MGA is a third rate destination, like Tegu or san Pedro Sula. Not only are the flights costly, but they are red eyes and have tough connections.

Crossed the land border to CR last year with no problems except CR did ask for proof of forwarding travel. I believe this is the first time I have ever been asked for proof, although I do have to show my cedula in Las Vegas when coming back.

Google multicity flights, sometimes they are better than RTs. Like sjo-las vegas, las vegas- mga. the ones I checked out were 100-200 bucks cheaper and daytime flights.

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waltermboyles
8/27/2019 13:04 EST

I have not googled Alejuela yet, but ISN'T ALL OF C RICA TOO EXPENSIVE??...If we get chased out of NI, I plan to look at Mexico for its proximity to the US & many choices of altitudes/climate...Some areas must be safe....& all countries must realize the cash cow we retirees are & that they must protect us...H2O 212F

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johnchip
8/27/2019 13:43 EST

Watermellon boy, If you are not living immersed in a local family, you are not protected, especially if you are looking for 'other gringos'.

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elduendegrande
8/28/2019 09:04 EST

Expensive is relative, especially when you factor in quality.
Mexico has its options, the portion of the country outside the drug corredors. CDMX, Puebla, and Merida would be on my list to look at.
Another benny for Mex. is you can snowbird it without documentation with a free (by air) multiple entry 6 month tourist card.

Having a Nica family at best gives you 50% protection from an implosion here with the downside of the colossal pita of getting them visas to live elsewhere if you decide to leave.

Nica has not yet dumped enough population to balance the economy and if Venezuela dumps another 4 million they may very well bankrupt much of Latin America. I anticipate that many countries will circle the wagons in self defense making it much tougher to get residency visas for those with Nica families.

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