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The Independence Day weekend was a busy one in San Juan del Sur. It was reassuring to see cars circling, looking for parking spots and many nationals enjoying some of the classic seafood meals at the beachfront restaurants. One of the best weekends since the sociopolitical problems took a large bite out of the tourism sector’s revenue.

We now move into what has recently become known as “The Green Season” where the rainy season peaks (the last two weeks of September and the first two weeks of October) but is still a great time to visit.

The next statutory holiday is the Concepción de María on Saturday the 8th of December. This is part of the month of religious celebrations in Nicaragua at year end which include family events, processions and the ever present “bombas” and fireworks.

Next Cruise Ship to San Juan del Sur

The Princess Cruises “Island Princess” is the next cruise ship scheduled to visit SJdS. She should be in port on Wednesday 3rd of Oct 2018 from 7am until 6pm. Some passengers will have boarded at the start of the cruise in Vancouver, Canada while others will have boarded in San Diego, California, USA. After San Juan del Sur, they will continue through the Panama Canal to Cartagena, Colombia before arriving at the final destination of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA.

Island Princess cost US $ 330 million to build and was launched in 2003. She can carry a maximum of 1,970 passengers as well as 900 crew members. Island Princess and her sister ship; Coral Princess, run fall, winter, and spring cruises through the Panama Canal, stopping at  a variety of ports along the way.

Copa Flights

Copa has cancelled four flights (not routes) in and out of Managua from Panamá and San José, Cost Rica for the remainder of this month, September 2018. The route that remains unaffected is Managua-Guatemala with flights on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

Copa had suspended all of its night flights to Managua last June due to the political unrest that started on April 18th 2018.  Copa joins American Airlines, United, Delta, and Spirit in reducing flight frequencies in and out of Augusto C. Sandino International Airport in Managua (IATA airport code; MGA).

In addition, the airline Volaris canceled all flights to the country indefinitely. The Spanish airline Iberia has postponed, until further notice, the scheduled October inauguration of a direct connection between Managua and Madrid, Spain. You can check the flight arrivals and departures at the web site of EAAI, the International Airports Administrator Company.

Costa Rica General Strike

Meanwhile, in the usually tranquil country of Costa Rica, Captain Guillermo Hoppe Pacheco, the General Director of Civil Aviation for that country has declared a “yellow alert” as a preventative security measure for all Costa Rica’s international airports. The alert is in place as a result of the General Strike going on in that country and heightens security at airport perimeters, terminal access points and general areas. It guarantees the security of travelers and airport staff at Juan Santamaria Airport in Alajuela, the Daniel Oduber Airport in Liberia, the Tobias Bolaños Airport in Pavas, and the Limon Airport.

Although the general labor strike has not been widely supported, last week, a group of travelers on the way to the Juan Santamaria airport were affected by roadblocks and had to walk for about 1 kilometer to get to the departure terminal.

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