Duty Free inside the airport
What to buy: Besides Mexico....this is a place where you can find Cuban cigars and Cuban Rum at a decent price...of course you find them (these product) all over the world, but you will pay an arm and a leg. Here and in Mexico prices are great for Cohbia's, Montecristo's, Romeo & Juliet cigars...and of course one of the best tasting rums in the world Havana Club....stay away from the white label....stick to the 5 yr and 7 yrd labels there taste is incredible !!!!
Update: April 2013
There is no more Cuban rums for sale at the airport ... You can buy Cuban cigars but not Cuban Rum anymore ... Apparently US Nationals on there way out were buying great amounts of Havana Club and being confiscated on arrival in the US ... So the US government asked the airport authority in Managua to stop selling Havana Club rum !!!!!! But yet they continue to sell Cuban cigars ?!?!?!? Doesn't make any sense !!!!!
What to pay: Cigars anywhere between $20 US to $50 Us for the entire box....Havana Club $5 US for the cheap white label...$12 for the 5 or 7 yr old labels !!!!
The downtown area of Managua has scores of small tiendas of various kinds. However, near the center of the city is also a large modern shopping mall, Plaza Inter. Here, across the street from the Crown Plaza Hotel, you will find you will find a department store, three levels of shops, a multi-screen cinema, an Internet cafe, a bustling food court, and more.
One of the primary attractions of Plaza Inter to me was that it is air conditioned, unlike most of the small shops of Managua. I found it a welcome respite from the heat and humidity that is almost always prevalent in Managua. From a balcony on the south end of the plaza are good views looking out over the Area Monumental and to Lake Managua beyond. The opening photo of my Managua page was taken there.