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Which Airport Should You Use to Get to Rancho Santana?

Rancho Santana is many things: a haven for those seeking a new lifestyle, a destination to escape the hustle and bustle of busy lives, a community of like-minded people, and a place to reconnect with nature without sacrificing the luxury and comfort of first-class amenities.
Indeed, the remote, undiscovered nature of Nicaragua and the Emerald Coast is a huge part of why many guests visit us at first and then—keep coming back. And while we love the quiet undisturbed nature of our beaches, we’ve got to admit, figuring out travel to The Ranch – especially in these times – can seem complicated. But rest assured – traveling to Nicaragua isn’t as tricky as it may seem, with two international airports within driving distance, flight routes can be found from most major US locations.

Traveling through Costa Rica

Located only 1 hour from the Costa Rica border, Liberia International Airport in Costa Rica offers a larger array of flights and connections to choose from, making it a popular choice. 

To enter Costa Rica you will need only your regular paperwork. Rancho Santana can arrange transportation services from the airport directly to the Costa Rica – Nicaragua border. Once you’re at the border, all you need to do is present your paperwork (negative PCR test, entry form, a tourist card, passport) at customs. Once you’ve successfully made it to the other side of the border, a Rancho Santana driver will pick you up and drive you the rest of the way to The Ranch. 

Whether you’re wondering about travel requirements for crossing the border or are concerned about the drive, you can count on our team to help arrange the logistics of getting to The Ranch. 

Traveling through Managua

On the other hand, you may be traveling from a location with connecting flights to Managua International Airport in Nicaragua’s capital city, in which case you will not need to cross the border. In this case, travelers who are not vaccinated must provide a negative PCR COVID-19 test to enter Nicaragua, taken at most 72 hours before your trip. If you are fully vaccinated, you will be able to travel without testing. 

You will also need a tourist card, and your booking information.


Our team will arrange pickup and drop-off service for you and your party. 

All Rancho Santana drivers are English speaking and will be waiting for you promptly upon your arrival with cold water for your ride to Rancho Santana. Nothing more to do than sit back and relax! The goal for us is to make sure the entire process is easy, stress-free, and comfortable. But don’t just take our word for it, take a look at some of our reviews.

A really nice hotel

We have been homeowners at Rancho Santana for many years and have sold our home. We came down for a visit and stayed for the first time at the Inn. The reservations team was super helpful in getting us in and out with their transportation from Liberia, Costa Rica. With Covid requirements, there are a lot of steps, but they assisted us in every way. They even recommended an online antigen test for our return to the states that we were able to perform over a video call online from our room in about 5 minutes. Don’t let the border crossing scare you. They have folks helping you with bags, paperwork, etc. all the way. Yes, it’s a bit of a hassle, but there is no place on earth more relaxing, so all those transport troubles will melt away after your first Nica Libre at the bar.

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If you’re concerned about travel requirements upon leaving the country, our team can also assist with COVID-19 testing, provided you travel with self-tests and other necessary preparations.
In the last few months, as travel restrictions have loosened around the world and travelers growing used to the requirement, reservations have increased exponentially. If this trend continues, we can expect Costa Esmeralda Airport—the small local airport 15 minutes away, to reopen in the near future.

So if our five secluded beaches, luxury amenities, and services are calling out to you for some well-needed relaxation and rest, we will make sure the process of getting down to Rancho Santana is just as seamless as your stay. For more information about travel arrangements, you can contact Us.