I'm doing a CR Visa Run Wed. Nov. 16 to Nicaragua - wanna join us?

I'm doing a CR Visa Run Wed. Nov. 16 to Nicaragua - wanna join us? I'm not positive yet if it's a few nights plus in San Juan del Sur or overnight to San Jorge (where you catch the boat to Isla Ometepe) or which way we're going (it WILL be by bus - just not poz if it's Deldu for $9ish, TransNica or the TransNica noon Executive bus). I've done this trip 12 times now so I can help ya with the ropes!!

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Nicaragua IS VERY safe!

Jorge - Ya might want to go back & re-read my posting. What I said that was that MANY MANY MANY people in Costa Rica HAD (in the past) shared with me in the past that NI was not safe & that, along with LONG lines at the border were BIG reasons I HAD had NO desire to visit NI - UNTIL I went & I said I find Nicaragua SAFER than CR & I LOVE going SOLO/alone & feel VERY safe there!!

why SarongGoddess

Are you saying its Dangerous being a women and having to cross? Nicaragua is by far the most savest place a women can go too . ALONE, th4e most she can experience from my countrymen is a lot of " How ya doin" looks and comments ....

Going to Nicaragua Solo

ORIGINALLY I had NEVER wanted to go to Nicaragua for my visa runs (or any reason) because I bought into the fear of Nicaragua as well as the LONG lines at the border MANY shared. When we first did it (it was ONLY because the Panama Sixiola Bridge was closed because of flooding - 3 years ago this TODAY actually!!) - we were 5 & it was nice to have everyone there.

We took the Deldu bus that dropped us off at the Costa Rica border, walked right up to the window (NO ONE else was in line), walked right over & did the Nicaraguan check in & we entered the Frontera in 30 MINUTES!!

What day (I've found Tues. & Wed. are the BEST every time I've done it) & the time of year (stay AWAY from around Dec. 16-Jan 6 this year as well as Mother's Day & Independence Day & Christmas-Easter [when all the snowbirds are visiting] - especially February [the busiest month]) you cross the border makes a BIG difference with your experience.

The Bus has ALWAYS been a BREEZE. TransNica & TicaBus & one other (my mind is blanking) take you across the boarder & even take care of everything on the Nicaraguan side so it's easier if it's your first time - BUT - it can take an hour longer (since everyone on the bus needs to clear before you can go.

I feel SAFER in NICARAGUA than I do in MANY areas in CR!!!

English is not as common in more rural areas but I get by fine!!

I LOVE traveling by myself!!! I've been doing it for over 30 years with NO negative experiences!!! Some BIG +s of traveling solo is because you don't really know a person till ya travel with them!! Even your best friend or spouse can become TOTALLY different people when traveling (which their "go with the flow" side comes out [or doesn't]!!) BUT - ESPECIALLY because, based on MY experience, when I'm with another person/others, new people RARELY will approach me as they don't want to interfere. What missed opportunities!!

MY experience is what we fear we attract/create often & for me, the world IS a SAFE space - IF you choose to TRULY believe it!!!

I LOVE spending time with myself & knowing I have a CHOICE when I want to be social & I find traveling solo is WAYYYY MORE conducive to meeting new people & to ME - that's part of the FUNNNNN of traveling - meeting/experiencing new people/cultures/stories!!!

Vicki in Escazu

Isla De Ometepe is Awesome

One of our staff recently had to do the same thing and since they'd been to and enjoyed San Juan del Sur they opted for a trip to Isla De Ometepe. The feedback was awesome, best of all the walk up Volcan Concepcion and a visit to the natural pools at Ojo de Agua. OMetepe sounds like a great and unusual place to visit if you're into outdoorsy, active, vacations.

Great Idea SarongGoddess

For all those needing boarder runs this is a great way to put it together. Its never fun when you have to go to Nicaragua alone. Great friends once you get there but a little scary to take buses and transportation solo as a female. Props for you organizing groups to go.

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