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In Nicaragua, legal marriages can be performed by either a Nicaraguan notary or judge. The Canadian Embassy consular officer may authenticate foreign marriage documents, but this is not required for the marriage to be considered valid outside of Nicaragua. The fee for the authentication of a document is $30.00. The civil marriage is considered the legal marriage though the family may also require the church wedding.

To legally marry in Nicaragua, a foreigner must present a valid passport (or other acceptable identification document) and sometimes a birth certificate.  In addition, persons previously married must present evidence of the dissolution of the previous marriage (e.g. a divorce decree or death certificate of the previous spouse) and/or proof that they are single.

With the documentation listed above and two witnesses with Nicaraguan cedulas, a Nicaraguan notary or judge can marry you.


The groom must be over the age of 21 or legally emancipated through court order.  The bride must be over the age of 18 or legally emancipated through court order.

If the bride and/or the groom are under the ages listed above and have not been emancipated, the parents and/or custodians of the underage partner must consent to the marriage.

Impediments to marriage are mental disability, pending dissolution of prior marriages, among others. It is illegal to marry your sibling in Nicaragua.



To enter Nicaragua, a passport valid for at least six months from the date of arrival is required by all nationals referred to in the chart above. US travelers only require a passport valid for the duration of their stay.

Nicaragua is party to the Central America Border Control Agreement (CA-4). Under the terms of this agreement, tourists may travel within any of the CA-4 countries (El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua) for a period of up to 90 days, without completing entry and exit formalities at border immigration checkpoints. This period begins at the first point of entry into any of the CA-4 countries. Fines are applied for travelers who exceed this 90-day limit, although a 30-day extension can be made before the 90 days limit expires.

All nationals referred to in the chart above can obtain a tourist card on arrival for US$10 for touristic stays of up to 90 days (although they can be issued for as little as 30 days), providing they hold valid travel documents and, in the case of business travelers, a letter from their employer and/or company in Nicaragua. Visas for Nicaragua are not required by nationals referred to in the chart above.


The official currency is the Cordoba.



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Rivas has a tropical climate. The summers are much rainier than the winters in Rivas. According to Köppen and Geiger, this climate is classified as Aw. The average temperature in Rivas is 26.3 °C

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The city of Rivas has a nice colonial center, hotels, restaurants and an interesting historical and anthropological museum. In the municipality of Buenos Aires, visitors will find the tip of El Menco, and the Ñocarime Lagoon, which it shares with his neighboring municipality of Potosí. Cardenas is situated in a thin strip of land that divides the southern border with the lake shore, and has many little-known natural sites.

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The beaches of Rivas are among the most known in Nicaragua, either for their beauty or powerful waves. Its long coastline on the Pacific features a sequence of them. Some are elongated, others have bay shapes surrounded by low scale mountains, a few have white sand and others are inhabited by nothing but nature.

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Emerald Coast Airport (IATA: ECI, ICAO: MNCE) is an airport serving Tola, Rivas Department, Nicaragua.

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Rivas is an agricultural town and is filled with hardware stores and feed shops. Here you will find the biggest and best grocery store in town called Maxi Pali. Maxi Pali is the closest thing that we’ve got to a real grocery store and is actually air-conditioned. You will find most of what you are looking for here, unless you are on the search for specialty foods, then you will need to find Mini Super San Carlos in downtown Rivas near the police station. San Carlos offers things like brown rice, specialty wines, dark chocolate, coconut milk, exotic spices, American cereals, kalamata olives, cheddar cheese, and flax seed. If looking for clothes that are semi in fashion, you might want to head over to Jeseylin’s which is a block from San Carlos, located on the corner heading into the market, behind the police station.

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Rivas has several fine restaurants that make for a great evening out. If you want to enjoy some music, there is a local disco. For something calmer, you might try seeing a movie at the cinema, but check first to see what language the films are being shown in. If you’re really looking for entertainment, it might be a good idea to visit Nicaragua during one of the major festivals when the towns come alive.

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The Beach House One of our favorites. Come and watch the sunset here. Great vibes and delicious food. Seafood, vegetarian and vegan options available. Bar Republika Always a good time at this bar & restaurant. Great food and friendly service. An Expat hangout any day of the week. Barrio Cafe Quiet and relaxing place to have a coffee. International food restaurant that is rated as one of the top restaurants in San juan del Sur. Whether you are looking for breakfast, lunch, or dinner the chefs will keep you happy and well fed. Cerveceria An American style brewery serving food and drinks. Nothing like a craft beer in paradise! All day brunch on Sundays. Dale Pues Incredibly creative sandwiches and salads. The food is made quite quickly. Some sandwiches are hot and messy while others are cold and clean. Definitely a fan fave.

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There are many beautiful, deserted beaches on the island, providing great spots for swimming and sunbathing. Among the most famous are Playa Santo Domingo at the center of the island, facing the north, and Charco Verde on the opposite side facing the main land to the South. The upper part of the island is facing the open water of Lake Nicaragua and the waves at this side are consequently fairly high. Using body boards is also an option. Swimming is possible just as well as on the bottom part, where there are generally no real waves. Another sport you can practice in the waters around Ometepe is kayaking. You can explore the coast while paddling over the water. If you have a fishing rod, you can even do some fishing from your kayak. Other options include hiring a boat to go a little further out on the lake. You can also do fishing from those bigger boats.


Rivas is an interesting little city situated between Lake Nicaragua and the Pacific Ocean. It is region that is home to majestic mountains and diverse wildlife, as well as to the little city of Rivas. The economy is based mainly on tourism and cattle ranching, as well as on agriculture. Though relatively small, it is an intriguing part of Nicaragua to visit.

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