Jicaro Island is only accessible by boat. Most guests choose to fly into the Managua airport, where they will be greeted by a representative of Jicaro Island Lodge. From here, you will transfer overland to the Asese Port outside of Granada (1 hour and 15 minutes, at an additional cost) and embark on a boat bound for the lodge (15 minutes). Travelers can also arrange for ground transfer to Asese from any hotel in Nicaragua or Costa Rica's Liberia airport. For those who wish to drive to the port, secure parking is available in the marina. Boat transfers are included in the cost of stay.
The lodge accommodations and facilities are linked by rocky footpaths that may be difficult to navigate for those with mobility issues. Lodge staff are trained in CPR and first aid, and basic medical supplies are available onsite. The nearest hospital is in Granada and can be reached in 25 minutes by a combined boat and vehicle transfer.
Nicaragua has two well-defined seasons: a sunny dry season that lasts from late November to early May, and a “green” rainy season that begins in mid-May and runs through mid-November. The rainy season brings lush landscapes and cooler temperatures, which can make for good trekking weather when the rains are not too heavy. The end of the dry season (March to May) sees hot temperatures, with daytime highs typically reaching into the mid-80s.
There is no dress code at the lodge and guests are encouraged to dress casually and comfortably. Bring lightweight active wear and sturdy shoes for hiking and other outdoor activities. Swimsuits and water shoes or sandals are recommended for lake-based excursions. Guests should also bring insect repellent, plenty of sunscreen, and cash, as there is not an ATM on Jicaro Island.
Children age 12 and older are welcome at the lodge throughout the year and children 8 and older are welcome during specific times of year. Children stay at a discounted rate.
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