- Where to Go
- The Best of Nicaragua
- Nicaragua’s Best Surfing
- Hiking Nicaragua’s Ring of Fire
- Nicaraguan Arts & Crafts
- Nicaragua’s Great Green North
- Sportfishing in Nicaragua
- Down the Río San Juan
- Nicaragua’s Celebrations & Fiestas
- Volunteering in Nicaragua
- Diving & Snorkeling in Nicaragua
- Managua’s Revolutionary Driving Tour
In several regions of Nicaragua—notably Solentiname, Río San Juan, Río Coco, and the entire Atlantic coast—a boat will be your only means of transportation. Here, rising gasoline prices determine the fare, which will be more expensive than you expect.
Locals get around in public water taxis called colectivos that help cut costs. Any water-bordering community will likely have small boats the owners use for fishing or transport. Ask for a canoa, panga, or botecita, and see what shows up. Dugout canoes are common throughout the country, and you can ask to rent one along the Río San Juan and other areas.
For recreation, there are a handful of sailboats that can take you out in San Juan del Sur, and some boat-based tour companies out of Granada and León. Ibis Exchange (www.ibiskayaking.com) offers paddle trips in the Estero Padre Ramos in expedition ocean kayaks.
© Randall Wood & Joshua Berman from Moon Nicaragua, 4th Edition