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 Nicaragua - General Info

Time Zone

UTC -5

Yachting Essentials

Voltage: 120 V

Frequency: 60 Hz

Money

Cordoba (C$) of 100 centavos.

Communications

International dialing code for Nicaragua is +505.

In all of the bigger cities good mobile phone coverage, and next to the main roads more antennas are planted to ensure coverage for the ones on the road. The GSM 1900 network is used in Nicaragua, so be sure to check that your phone supports this system. You can buy a SIM-card in Nicaragua for only a couple dollars, which enables you to have your own Nicaraguan cell phone number and to make local calls charged at local rates.

Internet connections are available in many cities and towns, be it not very fast but the coverage is significant. The government subsidizes internet cafes and internet is consequently available at cheap rates throughout the country.

Transport

If possible use radio-dispatched taxis. If you get a taxi on the street, use an authorised taxi, which has red plates, and the driver’s identification number, name and photograph clearly visible on the dashboard. Take note of the colour and number of the vehicle before you get in. Avoid sharing taxis with strangers. Always agree the fare before you set off.

Do not travel on buses at night.

Diplomatic Missions

Emergencies

Police - Dial 118
Fire Service - Dial 115

Publications

IMRAY AND ADLARD COLES PILOT BOOKS are available at a discounted price for Noonsite.com users via World Cruising Club

Explore Central America - Part 1
Published January 2007 (13th ed. Aug. 2011, continually updated)
This is an e-book available from www.sailsarana.com/guide
The most comprehensive guides ever written about cruising the Pacific coast of Central America from Mexico to the Panama Canal. In a two part set, these books provide over 325 GPS waypoints, over 112 charts and city maps, detailed weather descriptions, forecasting information and surfing locations. These books highlight dozens of anchorages not in other books and tons of local information that sailors care about. Also included are detailed procedures for clearing into and out of the Central American countries as well as Ecuador, the Galapagos and Mexico.

A Thinking Mans Guide to Voyages South - the Many Facets of Caribbean Cruising
Author: Frank Virgintino
Published by Lulu: June 2011
ISBN 978 1 105 62982-2
Available at Kindle as well as all other EPub bookstores
2nd Edition now available as Free download at: www.freecruisingguide.com
See Noonsite reviews here
2nd edition includes expanded section on the options to leave the North American Coast as well as addition work in "Quandrant N". Figures have been enhanced for greater clarity and index with active table of contents included.

Cruising Guide to the Caribbean: Including the North Coast of South America, Central America and Yucatan
By William T. Stone
Publisher: Sheridan House; 2nd Revised edition edition (Aug. 21 1998)
ISBN-13: 978-0924486579

Cruising Ports:The Central American Route
By Pat Rains
Publisher: Point Loma Publishing (6.5 edition (March 31, 2011)
ISBN-13: 978-0963847027
See www.MexicoBoating.com for further details.
This book covers Pacific Central America (Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Pacific Panama) plus Mexico’s Gulf Coast to Veracruz, then NW Yucatan, NW Cuba, Yucatan Channel, Belize, Rio Dulce, Honduras and the Bay Islands, the Western Caribbean islands & banks, Panama’s Caribbean cruising grounds. This book culminates in Panama Canal Transit.

Update History

July 2016: Formalities checked. Health updated.
December 2015: Immigration & Health updated.
June 2015: Publications checked
November 2012: Fees and Customs information updated by J Knutson of SY Jem
December 2011: Formalities updates from J Knutson of SY Jem
April 2012: Fees update from Tom Jeremiason

Noonsite welcomes information and updates especially regarding clearance, customs and immigration procedures from cruisers visiting this country.
Please E-mail noonsite with any new information, updates or corrections. Even just a short email confirming that the current data is accurate would be most helpful.

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