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Aug. Trip Questions« on: July 07 2006 18:07:00 »
I'm going on a surf trip to SJDS area with a few friends Aug 4-14. OK, so I live in San Diego and I've never been as further than local Mex surfing. I have a few questions?
I think I'll be good with boards a 6'6 and 6'8
Should I bring cash or travelers checks?
Best way to rent a 4x4? for the trip?......cost is less important than a reliable truck
Any safety concerns around SJDS I should know about?
I'm a firefighter/paramedic in Ca......so that makes me the go to guy for the trip first aid kit......... What can I bring into Nicaragua and what cant I?..... .suture kits and such
I was thinking of bringing a few IV's and maybe some IV Benadryl and Some lidocane if case anyone needs stiches. ...Bad idea?
Any suggestions you have would be great
RE: Aug. Trip Questions« Reply #1 on: July 09 2006 03:07:00 »
Have fun, been surfing there since 1993. Great people, poor country, cheap living, great surf. Just got back 4th of July, customs they don't really check the traveling surfer, I have brought down all kinds of stuff, SAT TV, clothes, dvd players, surfboards (4 this last trip all in a double board bag for $50 on TACA).
RE: Aug. Trip Questions« Reply #2 on: July 10 2006 14:07:00 »
Rent the 4X4. 4X4 will give you freedom to surf with your friends on your own schedule. My Bro-in-law just surfed Popoyo alone because he got lucky in between sessions.
Bring cash and exchange the for cordobas as soon as you come...exchange is 17 cords to 1 dollar.
Check with Continental if you're going out of San Diego. They
don't allow surfboards as of last week....Embargo.
SJDS...many hold up/muggings occur on the beach at night. Don't walk the beach alone at night and stay on main streets. 99% of people are friendly.
First aid... I'd bring a minimal kit. You can buy anything in the Pharmacies here, and they are all over.
RE: Aug. Trip Questions« Reply #3 on: July 11 2006 16:07:00 »
I too am planning on going to Nicaragua.
I was wondering if anyone knows what the board availablity (sales,rentals,prices) are like in san juan del sur and vacinity. I'm trying to decide if I'd be better off (convience and $$) if I just bought one down there or possible have to pay the air line to bring my 6'6" down. Another question... Has anyone flown into Managua and taken the bus to SJDS or have any comments regarding the idea?
RE: Aug. Trip Questions« Reply #4 on: July 27 2006 20:07:00 »
Leaving in just over a week now
I cant wait, even looks like we might hit a little swell
How is the drive from the airport to SJDS?
We might end up having to do some of it in the dark
RE: Aug. Trip Questions« Reply #5 on: July 30 2006 21:07:00 »
Driving in the dark is sketchy here. Just drove from Chinandega to Managua last night and there are horse drawn carts you can't see, cars driving without lights, and the paint lines in the road are literally gone, so it's precarious. I've done the Cabo drive at night from SD, and this is sketchier, but not because there are banditos, just driving hazards.
Stay in a hotel near the airport...El Camino is 5 minutes.
Best to you.