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Travelling to Nicaragua?

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Embarking on your Nicaraguan adventure? Look no further than Manor FX to secure the most competitive exchange rates for the Nicaraguan córdoba (NIO).

We’re here to ensure your journey is hassle-free from the moment you land in this beautiful Central American country.

You can choose from home or office delivery for your Nicaraguan travel money. Alternatively, you can opt to pick it up from our Manor FX bureau near Heathrow.

At Manor FX, we pride ourselves on providing speedy delivery and a straightforward online order process. Don’t miss out on our unbeatable exchange rates; convert your British pounds to Nicaraguan córdobas today!

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Dreaming of Exploring Nicaragua? Here’s what you need to know about managing cash and card payments in this exquisite nation in Central America.

Where can I buy Nicaraguan córdobas?

The Nicaraguan córdoba is a less common currency, so exchanging pounds to córdobas locally can be challenging. It’s wise to plan and consider your options.

Opting for home delivery for your travel money offers unparalleled convenience. Manor FX provides competitive exchange rates, giving you more spending power for your adventures.

Alternatively, you can pick up córdobas from our Manor FX bureau near Heathrow. You’ll still benefit from excellent rates and enjoy the flexibility in obtaining your currency.

Granada, Nicaragua. Man holding a sparkler on the street

Can you buy Nicaraguan córdobas in the UK?

Absolutely. Nicaraguan córdobas are readily available in the UK through Manor FX. Our online platform offers a seamless way to obtain the Nicaraguan currency you need for your trip.

Take advantage of our exceptional rates for British pounds to Nicaraguan córdobas and enjoy more NIO notes for your travel adventures.

Plus, enjoy free delivery for orders over £750. Convert your GBP to Nicaraguan córdobas effortlessly for your holiday!

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Should I exchange money before I travel to Nicaragua?

Absolutely! Exchanging money before your trip to Nicaragua is a wise decision. Having local currency upon arrival will cover initial expenses like transportation and small purchases. It’s advisable to have NIO ready when you land.

What is the best currency to take to Nicaragua?

The Nicaraguan cordoba is your best choice. However, some places may accept other major currencies.

This nation also accepts US dollars alongside the local currency. In many tourist-oriented businesses, restaurants, and larger stores, you can expect to use US dollars for transactions. 

This is especially common in popular tourist destinations like Granada, San Juan del Sur, and Ometepe Island.

However, it’s important to note that while US dollars are widely accepted, you may receive change in the local currency. It’s a good practice to carry smaller denominations of US dollars to make transactions more convenient.

In smaller towns and more rural areas, the use of US dollars may be less common, and it’s advisable to have some córdobas on hand. Local markets, street vendors, and smaller businesses may prefer payment in córdobas.

Having a mix of US dollars and córdobas is the best approach when visiting Nicaragua. 

San Juan Del Sur Nicaragua Beach.

Can I use my bank card in Nicaragua?

Yes, you can use your bank card in Nicaragua, but cash is often preferred, especially in smaller towns and local markets. You’ll need Nicaraguan córdobas for daily expenses.

Major cities like Managua and Granada do accept card payments. So it’s a good idea to carry both cash and a card for flexibility.

Friendly tip: Inform your bank about your travel plans to avoid card issues abroad.

Should I bring cash to Nicaragua?

Yes, cash is widely used and preferred in this nation. Here’s why:

  • From bustling markets to small local stores, cash is accepted everywhere in Nicaragua. It’s perfect for small purchases like street food or market souvenirs.
  • ATMs are common in cities, making withdrawing more cash as needed easy.
  • Cash transactions help avoid card fraud. Keep your cash safe and avoid flaunting large amounts. Additionally, check exchange rates regularly, as sometimes card transactions offer better deals.

Overall, the best approach is to carry both cash and cards. Use cash for smaller expenses and cards for larger ones. If you have any leftover travel money from your trip to Nicaragua, remember to exchange your Nicaraguan córdobas to British pounds upon your return.

Is it better to use cash or credit card in Nicaragua?

In Nicaragua, it’s often better to use cash, especially in smaller shops, local markets, and for street food. Many places still prefer cash over credit and debit cards.

However, credit cards are widely accepted in larger stores, restaurants, and hotels in cities. It’s a good idea to carry both for convenience.

Cash is king in rural areas, while your card will come in handy in urban locations!

Volcan El Hoyo, Leon, Nicaragua

How much cash should I take to Nicaragua?

If you’re on a backpacker’s budget of 1,100 NIO per day, around £25, you can have a great time in hostels, use public transportation, and enjoy budget-friendly meals. You’ll still have room for free activities like walking tours and beach relaxation.

Opting for a mid-range budget of 2,800 NIO per day, around £65, opens up more options. You can stay in private Airbnb or hostel rooms, dine out for most meals, and indulge in some drinks. 

Plus, you can take taxis or coaches between cities and treat yourself to activities like diving or guided hikes.

The sky’s the limit for those looking for a “luxury” experience with a budget of 8,200 NIO per day, around £190 or more. Stay in hotels, dine at your choice of restaurants, and enjoy domestic flights for travel. Splurge on tours and activities to make your trip unforgettable.

Remember, these are daily averages, so your spending may vary. We’re here to give you a general idea to help plan your budget. Prices are in NIO. 

How can I avoid ATM fees in Nicaragua?

To avoid ATM fees in Nicaragua, consider these tips:

  • Check if your bank has partnerships with Nicaraguan banks. They might offer free ATM withdrawals.
  • Withdraw larger amounts of cash at once to minimise the frequency of ATM use.
  • Look for ATMs with lower fees. Some banks charge less than others.
  • Consider obtaining a travel card or bank account that doesn’t charge international ATM fees.

Always be aware of your home bank’s foreign transaction policies to avoid surprises!

How does tipping work in Nicaragua?

Tipping in this country differs from Western countries; it isn’t expected in most situations. However, upscale establishments might include a service charge in the bill.

Nicaragua beach at sunset

Is Nicaragua a cheap country to visit?

Absolutely! This nation offers exceptional value for travellers. Here’s a quick overview:

  • Accommodation: You can find affordable hostels, mid-range hotels, and even upscale options at reasonable prices.
  • Food: Enjoy budget-friendly local eateries and street food, allowing you to savour traditional dishes without breaking the bank.
  • Transportation: Public transit is affordable and efficient, making it easy to explore the country. 
  • Sightseeing: Entry fees to attractions and museums are generally low-cost, making it accessible to explore Nicaragua’s rich culture and history.
  • Shopping: Local markets offer excellent bargains for souvenirs and crafts at fair prices.

Nicaragua is ideal for budget-conscious travellers, offering a fantastic experience without overspending.

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Currency in Nicaragua

Banknotes in Nicaragua

Nicaragua’s currency comes in various denominations, each featuring unique colours and designs. Banknotes are issued by the Central Bank of Nicaragua and showcase cultural and historical elements.

If you have any leftover Nicaraguan córdoba banknotes from your recent trip, remember to convert your extra NIO to GBP with Manor FX.

Coins in Nicaragua

Coins in Nicaragua are equally distinctive, with traditional and modern styles. Key details include:

  • Denominations: Nicaragua’s coins come in several denominations, including 5, 10, 25, and 50 centavos.
  • Designs: Each coin features unique designs, often highlighting Nicaragua’s natural beauty and history.
  • Daily use: Coins are widely used in Nicaragua, especially for small transactions like public transport fares or purchases at local markets.

Nicaragua’s currency import and export regulations

You can bring in or take out up to NIO 20,000 without declaring. For amounts exceeding NIO 20,000, a declaration is required. 

Always adhere to the legal guidelines for currency movements, and be sure to check the regulations for foreign currency in your destination country before your travels.

Order Nicaraguan Córdoba online

Get the best Nicaraguan córdoba exchange rates when you buy NIO online with Manor FX. Enjoy swift and secure delivery to your doorstep or workplace with Royal Mail Special Delivery Guaranteed®.

Alternatively, you can collect your NIO from our travel money bureau near Heathrow. 

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Looking to exchange your leftover Nicaragua currency to GBP? We offer competitive rates for your remaining NIO.

Volcano crater eruption with flowing lava and smoke. The Masaya Volcano near Managua, Nicaragua main crater after sunset.


No, you don’t need a visa to visit Nicaragua if you’re a UK citizen. UK passport holders can visit Nicaragua for tourism purposes without a visa for up to 90 days. It’s a great destination to explore without the hassle of obtaining a visa beforehand. 

When travelling to Nicaragua, consider recommended vaccines like Hepatitis A, Typhoid, Hepatitis B, Rabies, and stay updated on routine vaccinations. Consult a healthcare professional for personalised advice.

The best time to visit Nicaragua is during the dry season, from November to April. Here are some activities to consider during your visit:

  • Explore Granada: This colonial city is a must-visit. Stroll through its colourful streets, visit historic churches, and take a boat tour on Lake Nicaragua to see the Islets of Granada.
  • Surfing in San Juan del Sur: This beach town on the Pacific coast is perfect for catching waves.
  • Hiking in Mombacho volcano: Hike through lush cloud forests and enjoy panoramic views of Granada and Lake Nicaragua.
  • Visit Leon: This city is known for its beautiful colonial architecture. Visit Cerro Negro, where you can try volcano boarding.
  • Go wildlife watching: It’s a great destination for birdwatching, turtle nesting tours, and wildlife encounters.
  • Relax on the beach: Nicaragua has stunning beaches on both the Pacific and Caribbean coasts. Whether you prefer a tranquil escape or water sports, you’ll find a beach to suit your taste.
  • Learn about coffee: Take a coffee farm tour and sample some of Nicaragua’s finest brews.
  • Explore the Isla de Ometepe: This volcanic island in Lake Nicaragua offers the chance to explore unique landscapes and villages.

Remember to check local conditions and safety recommendations when planning your activities, and enjoy your unforgettable journey through Nicaragua!

Nicaraguan cuisine offers a delightful array of flavours and dishes. Here are some typical Nicaraguan foods to try:

  • Gallo Pinto: This iconic dish consists of rice and beans, often served with fried cheese, plantains, and a tortilla. It’s a staple of Nicaraguan breakfasts.
  • Nacatamal: A traditional dish made of masa (corn dough) filled with pork, rice, vegetables, and spices. It’s wrapped in a banana leaf and steamed to perfection.
  • Vigorón: A tasty dish featuring yuca (cassava) served with chicharrones (fried pork rinds) and a cabbage salad. 
  • Indio Viejo: A hearty stew made with shredded beef, maize dough, tomatoes, and various spices. It has a unique, savoury flavour.
  • Rondón: A coconut-based soup with seafood, plantains, and yams. It’s a speciality on the Caribbean coast.
  • Quesillo: A popular street food, quesillo is a rolled-up tortilla filled with cheese, pickled onions, and sour cream.
  • Tajadas: Thinly sliced and deep-fried plantains served as a side dish or snack. They’re crispy and slightly sweet.
  • Sopa de Albóndigas: A flavourful meatball soup made with ground beef or pork, rice, and vegetables.
  • Tres Leches cake: A sweet and moist sponge cake soaked in three types of milk 
  • Tiste: A traditional drink made from ground maize, cacao, and spices. 

Enjoy exploring the diverse and delicious flavours of Nicaraguan cuisine during your visit!

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Nicaraguan Córdobas Fast!

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  • Better rates than the banks
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