Nicaragua Driving Advice and Car Hire Info

Driving In Nicaragua
Driving is on the right side of the road in Nicaragua. Most of the roads connecting the major cities are in generally good condition, but some roads will deteriorate quickly after heavy rain. With few exceptions, secondary roads are in poor repair, potholed and poorly lit. Road travel after dark is especially hazardous in all areas of the country. Bicycles, oxcarts, animals and vehicles without lights are encountered even on main roads in Nicaragua. In cities motorcycles will dart in and out of traffic and veer across lanes without warning. Many vehicles are in poor condition, travel very slowly and are liable to break down without warning. Drivers should be especially careful on curves and hills, as many drivers will pass on blind spots. Speed limits and traffic rules are rarely enforced. Motorists in rental cars and are more likely to be stopped by police who may request a bribe instead of paying a fine and may attempt to sieze your drivers licence if you can’t or won’t pay. If police authorities demand an on-the-spot payment, drivers should ask for the officer’s name and badge number, as well as a receipt, which may deter them. There have been incidents of armed robbery at the Momotombo Mirador (look-out point) on the New Leon Highway. You should avoid stopping here if there aren’t many other visitors about.There have also been robberies at beaches around San Juan del Sur. You should be cautious when visiting the beaches of Maderas, Marsella, Yankee, Coco and Remanso.

Nicaragua Car Rental –
Hertz, Alamo, National, Europcar, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Thrifty, have outlets here. Also usually features on Car rental broker sites such as Argus Car Hire and Web discount sites such as

This is a broker website based in Central America

This is a company who specialise in 4WD vehicle rental…

Nicaragua Self Drive Rules-
Budget allow cars to be driven into Other Central American countries but you need to make them aware at the time of booking. The other big companies don’t state whether they allow cross border rentals or not.

1 comment

  1. Romà Massot

    Good morning! (perhaps afternoon).
    Dear friend,
    My idea is to fly from Panama to Managua (I know Costa Rica,…), and to visit the best of Nicaragua, El Salvador, one part of Honduras (I know another part), and also Belize…. to return to Managua.
    I have 2 weeks (another week in Panama). Do you think is it possible by car, or roads are too heavy?
    Do you advice Budget to visit several countries?
    Thanks my fellow!
    (My last trip was Baltic countries, Laponia,… no problems renting an EuropeCar).
    Best wishes
    RM Catalonia

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