San Carlos Travel Guide

  • Home Style Cooking at Cabanas Paraiso
    Home Style Cooking at Cabanas Paraiso
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  • El Castillo, on the Rio San Juan
    El Castillo, on the Rio San Juan
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    Resident Monkey on Quiet Tributary of...
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San Carlos Things to Do

  • Solentiname Islands--San Fernando, part...

    San Fernando Island has a petroglyph just off the trail to the Mirador El Targon. Wildflowers to be seen along the way. The petroglyph is protected by a roof, as it is located atop a highpoint on the island. There's a good view to the west. On the way back, I watched a ball game.

  • Solentiname Islands--San Fernando, part...

    The museum and gallery on San Fernando are very small but nice. We actually found the most outstanding collection of balsa wood carvings and oil paintings in the gallery here. While some of the artists do rather rushed work, there are several women who are quite dedicated to the genre of oil painting for which the islands are famous. These really...

  • Solentiname Islands--San Fernando, part...

    San Fernando has a narrow trail that circles the island, but there's also a footpath over the center of the island to Mirador El Targon, which has a view of a cove on the eastern side. I saw the bush bean agriculture and some birdlife.


San Carlos Transportation

  • Transport along the Rio San Juan

    Passenger boats with powerful outboard motors ply the Rio San Juan, from San Carlos all the way to San Juan de Nicaragua on the Caribbean Sea. Boats stop as needed at various ranchos, but the most important regular stops are Boca de Sabalos and El Castillo, which are about 1 1/2 and 2 hrs down river from San Carlos. Like its name implies, Boca de...

  • Bus Service from Managua

    We flew south, but we were willing to go on the cheap and take the six hour bus back to Managua. The bus is slower than the plane, but a lot faster than the ferry. At $6- per person, it was a good deal too. The buses are comfortable enough, being older Marco Polo style buses common to the better Latin American bus companies. Seats were clean, and...

  • La Costena Air Service from Managua

    Prices vary of course, but the 12 seater twin prop airplane service from Managua to San Carlos is very good and reasonably priced. We paid $75 per person for an hour long flight during high season. Website doesn't work very well, but there are regular flights 5 days a week for which early reservations are highly recommended. TripAdvisor warnings...


San Carlos Favorites

  • San Carlos is not as dirty...

    by kuehni1 Written Apr 9, 2007

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    Favorite thing: Many internet reports say San Carlos (Nicaragia) is a dirty little place. I was there twice in November and December 2006. They have paved streets and it is quite clean compared to other places in Nicaragua. Prices are much cheaper then in Granada or on Corn Islands. Hotels for 15 US$. food in a clean restaurant for 5$. I have not been walking at night time but during the day I felt safe. I made a boat trip from there to Granada (14h) and was surprised by billions of little insects during the whole trip. I came back by air and went down the river San Juan. A beautiful and safe trip. I wanted to cross more down the river the border to Costa Rica what is not possible. So I went agian back to San Carlos on boat and back to Costa Rica the same day.
    I was 5 weeks in Nicaragua and would go back again....
    I also stayed 5 night in on Solentiname Islands in the Lake of Nicaragua. No electricity, no cars, no big houses. But wonderful nature and a feeling like 200 years back. And you know what - I will go again...

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    • Eco-Tourism
    • Backpacking
    • Arts and Culture

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