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Getting Here

Make the most of your Rancho Santana escape by planning ahead and staying informed.

How to get to Rancho Santana Nicaragua?


Rancho Santana is located within driving distance of two international airports that service most major airlines. There is also a small regional airport 15 minutes from the property that can be accessed commercially from Liberia, Costa Rica, or by private charter.

  • Managua (MGA) serviced by airlines including American, AirMexico, Avianca, Copa, Delta, Spirit, Taca, and United: Drive time to Rancho Santana—2-2.5 hours

Below is the timetable of direct flights into Managua at present:

City Airline Departure Arrival Managua
Houston United IAH @ 9:45 MGA @ 12:06
Miami American MIA @ 12:06 MGA @ 12:49
Miami Avianca MIA @ 15:15 MGA @ 15:55
Miami Avianca MIA @ 16:25 MGA @ 17:05
Miami Avianca MIA @ 17:25 MGA @ 18:05
San Salvador Avianca SAL @ 7:20 MGA @ 8:15
San Salvador Avianca SAL @ 8:30 MGA @ 9:25
San Salvador Avianca SAL @ 9:30 MGA @ 10:25
Panama Copa PTY @ 12:32 MGA @ 13:16
Mexico City AeroMexico MEX @ 10:00 MGA @ 12:45
San Jose SANSA SJO @ 7:00 MGA @ 8:15


  • Liberia (LIR), located in nearby Costa Rica, is serviced by AirCanada, American, Delta, JetBlue, Southwest, and United: Drive Time to Rancho Santana—3+ hours


  • Costa Esmeralda Airport (ECI) serviced by Sansa Airlines, and Private Charter: Drive Time to Rancho Santana—15 Minutes (currently closed)


Rancho Santana can arrange group or private ground transportation for guests arriving or departing from any of the above airports.

Travel Requirements

  • Get Tested

Travelers do not require COVID vaccination cards or PCR test.

  • Tourist Visa

If you are not a Nicaraguan citizen, you will need to purchase a tourist visa to enter the country. If entering via the land border from Costa Rica, the tourist visa costs $14 and is available for purchase upon arrival. You will also need to pay a $1 fee to the local Cardenas municipality. If arriving to the International Airport in Managua, the tourist visa costs $10 and can also be paid upon arrival.

We highly recommend having exact change to ensure an efficient border and immigration experience.


When leaving the country, you may also need a negative COVID-19 test. Protocols and requirements vary depending on what airport you will be flying out of and to which country. Our team is on hand to assist with travel arrangements and exit Covid-19 testing.