A Fun & Affordable Way to Travel in Nicaragua

Traveling on two wheels is a great and economical way to get around in Nicaragua, especially when you live somewhere like San Juan del Sur.

A Fun & Affordable Way to Travel in Nicaragua

– Motorcycle Road Trip: Playa Ostional & Playa el Coco, San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua. Photo by Kathy Vandermey ofFrom Suits to Sandals“.

Shortly after moving to Marsella Valley we purchased this gently used 2011 YBR 125 CC Yamaha for just $1200 USD.

For those times when we need to stock up on groceries or want to go a bit further we still have our trusty Hyundai Galloper, but most days our little moto is the preferred mode of transportation. It’s great on gas and gets us pretty much anywhere we want or need to go.

The fact that our miniature Schnauzer Maggie loves riding on the bike as much as we do is an added bonus. 

If you’re like us and want flexibility and freedom to travel around and explore at your leisure (without investing in a car or truck) a little motorcycle is definitely a great way to go.

Only planning to be in country a few months? Not to worry — these bikes hold their value and are very easy to sell.

Posted on January 25, 2015, in Travel & Transportation and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 13 Comments.

  1. Looking forward to many more road trips on the bikes!

  2. It’s a coincidence that you posted riding a motorcycle in Nica as I had just contacted a company who rents motorcycles in your country. I may think about buying a bike instead. Do you need any special permits to purchase a vehicle? Could you find a place to store the bike in San Juan? Thanks, Mark near Kingston, Ontario

    • Hi Mark,

      Purchasing a used bike takes ten bucks and 30 minutes of your time at a lawyer’s office. Insurance is only $35 USD per year. Buying a new bike is far more complicated, but can be accomplished with a little help from a good “fixer”. There are a couple of storage warehouses in San Juan del Sur that could store a bike for you.

      We also have a new long term motorcycle rental company in town called El Gringo Rentals.


  3. I love your blog! Thanks for your great info and insights! Are scooters very prevalent around SJDS?

    • Hi Mark,

      No, scooters are not prevalent around San Juan del Sur. There are a few for rent and a few people own them, but a scooter is not really suitable for travel back and forth to the beaches. A motorcycle or quad is a much better option.


  4. mostlytruestory@hotmail.com

    You guys make it more and more tempting all the time!

  5. Hi Elisha,

    I am so excited I am going to be visiting for a few days end of May beginning of June. My husband and I are really determined to move to San Juan Del Sur as soon as God gives us the green light. I am a colon therapist and I am going to find out what I need to do to practice my profession in San Juan Del Sur.

    I was wondering if you can recommend a place for us to stay it will be for 4 days. I want something clean, comfortable but more on where the locals would stay. I will appreciate your suggestions and the phone number to call and make reservations. I cant wait to meet you and your husband. Your blogs really inspire me to follow my dreams.

    See you soon.

    • Hi Cece,

      It’s always nice to hear from you.

      I’d be happy to provide recommendations for accommodations. I’ve sent an email to innerhealthcare@gmail.com with some questions, which will make it easier for me to recommend something suitable.

      I look forward to hearing from you soon!


  6. Howdy,
    Where were you able to find the bike? Online classifieds? I looks like such a fun way to get around.

Leave a Reply


Get the latest posts delivered to your mailbox:

%d bloggers like this: