Before You Go: Frequently Asked Questions

Getting to Hotel el Casino in Casares

casares_carazo_mapDirect flights to Managua from Atlanta, Houston, Miami, Los Angeles makes travel to Nicaragua quick, safe, and easy and our staff will be happy to arrange ground transportation from the Managua airport to Hotel el Casino in Casares.

Passport and visa

Make sure you bring your passport and any medications that you require during your stay. Citizens of the USA, the European Union, Switzerland, and Norway do not need visas.

Nicaraguan tourist cards are issued on arrival for $10 U.S. dollars. We recommend that you bring exact change in crisp dollar bills in your hand luggage for this purpose.

Stay in touch—WiFi and cell phone reception

Cell phone reception is good at Hotel el Casino, just make sure to check with your carrier about supported features, foreign charges, and so on.

The hotel offers complimentary wireless connection (WiFi) to the Internet.

What about the money, honey?

The Church is nearby Diriamba, CarazoThe Nicaraguan currency is the Cordoba. As of February 2017, 100 Nicaraguan Cordobas was equal to $3.39 and €3.18.

Generally, most stores and vendors in Nicaragua will gladly accept either Cordobas or U.S. dollars, but if you plan on paying with the latter you must know that only pristine bills will be accepted and that your change will likely be in Cordobas.

Hotel el Casino accepts major credit cards (Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express), U.S. dollars, Cordobas, or a combination of all three. The closest ATM is at Pali in Diriamba, while banks with tellers for cashing travelers checks, additional ATMs and so on are found in Jinotepe, 30 kilometers from Casares.

Time Zone

Nicaragua is on the same time zone as Central Standard Time (like Chicago). Since the country does not adjust for daylight savings time, the country is effectively on Mountain Standard Time (like Denver) during that part of the year.

Electrical outlets and voltage

Nicaragua uses the same plugs and current as the United States: 110 volts.

Water quality

It is generally not recommended for foreigners to drink the water in most of Nicaragua. Hotel el Casino has bottled water for sale and use safe water for cooking and cleaning food and dishes.


Nicaragua’s official language is Spanish. Some Nicas speak a little English, but fluent speakers are rare to encounter. Hotel el Casino owner and manager Patrice Glo speaks fluent French, Spanish, and English and he will be happy to assist with anything if needed.

hotel_casino_looking_outClimate and weather

Nicaragua is generally hot—average temperature is 82 degrees Fahrenheit, while humidity averages around 75 percent. The two seasons are rainy and dry. The dry season lasts from mid-November through May, while the rainy season extends from the Summer till the late Fall.


Nicaragua is the second poorest country in Western hemisphere after Haiti, yet the safest in Central America. Yes, that means less crime than Mexico and Costa Rica. Travel is safe day and night. As a precaution, Hotel el Casino keeps a night guard on duty, but we’ve yet to have a single incident.

Last, but not least…

Relax, this is Nicaragua!