Useful tips about Rancho Santana

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I get to Rancho?

Rancho Santana is located within driving distance of two international airports that service most major airlines. Managua Airport (MGA) – 2-2.5-hour drive and Liberia Airport (LIR), located in Costa Rica – 4-hour drive.

Can I rent a car at The Ranch?

We do recommend vehicles for all guests as it offers the most freedom and flexibility to get around the property. Dollar Car Rental offers rental cars at competitive rates on-site at Rancho Santana, and can arrange for pick-up at a Dollar Car Rental at any of their Nicaragua locations. All guest vehicles are required to be 4×4.

Can you pick me up from the airport?

Rancho Santana can arrange group or private ground transportation for guests arriving or departing from any of the above airports. Rancho Santana also offers a complimentary beach shuttle that leaves from The Inn and stops at the beaches across the property on a dedicated schedule.

To enter Nicaragua, a valid passport is required. Visitors traveling from the US, Canada, and EU countries are not required to obtain a visa in advance. If you are traveling from another country not listed above, check with the embassy about visa requirements.

A visitor visa (or “Tourist Card”) is required to be purchased for $10 USD per person when going through immigration at any border crossing or international airport.

The local currency is Cordobas (NIO) The US Dollar and US credit cards are accepted almost everywhere in Nicaragua. Currency conversion rates can be found at XE Currency Converter. Rancho Santana uses a cashless system for goods and services purchased on property or arranged by our staff unless otherwise noted. Upon your arrival, you will open an account and everything, including off property excursions, can be charged back to your room. Rancho Santana accepts Visa, Mastercard, and American Express. If you find yourself needing cash, Concierge can provide up to $100 for a $5 fee.

A 15% IVA (Nicaraguan Sales Tax) will be added to all charges at The Ranch, and a 10% gratuity is automatically included at our dining venues. For all other services, tipping is similar to the United States.

Spanish is the national language of Nicaragua; however, most staff members on property at Rancho Santana are fluent in English.

Nicaragua observes Central Standard Time all year round, and does not observe Daylight Savings Time.

There is no restriction for any foreigner (U. S. citizen or other) to own property within Rancho Santana. Foreigners have the same rights as Nicaraguans, including property rights so there’s no additional step to take. All titles are held fee simple.

If you have any precise questions in mind, we will be happy to put you in contact with the trusted law firm we work with every day, Garcia & Bodan.

We have an on-site school, Escuela Santa Ana, accredited by the Pennsylvania Board of Education. The school offers a high level internationally accredited education to students grades Pre-K 3/4, Kindergarten through 12th grades.

If you’re interested in selling your property at Rancho Santana, our accredited team is ready to help.

One of the many highlights of owning property at The Ranch aside from the beautiful location is being part of the wonderful community we’ve cultivated over the years.

As part of the Rancho Santana community, owners have access to a variety of services and amenities not available to anyone outside The Ranch, including a generous 40% discount on rentals through Rancho Santana Vacation Rental, a 15% discount offered at our restaurants and 25% select services at The Stables, The Spa in El Bosque, and The Beach & Surf Club.

We also offer to our owners special rates on Airport Transfers or any Concierge arranged transportation within the country.

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