Submitted by Billy Bob on Sun, 2006/11/19 - 18:37.
For those new to travel in Central America, here are some hints for MONEY:
1) Cash, some is good. Come into country with some US dollars. Small bills are handy. You need a fiver to get through immigration, 8 if you are coming by bus from Costa Rica. Twenties are nice, hundreds can be hard to cash at times because people are afraid of counterfeits and are more willing to risk a 20 than a hundred. Bring in clean, untorn, unmarked bills because sometimes even banks will go hinky on you and refuse imperfect bills. Last trip I was in a hurry and wattled off the plane with $600-700 in greenbacks. This was rediculous and I was relieved when I had finally spent it down, which is hard to do in Nicaragua if you are as cheap as I am. You don't need to carry that much cash for casual travel and if you get robbed you are just rewarding the thieves. If you need more greenbacks while in country you can get them at a bank. This trip I will come and go with under $200, US and Nica combined.