|Combo meal at McDonalds||$5.80|
|Utilities (Electricity, Heating, ...) for medium apartment||$75.87|
|Loaf of white bread||$1.26|
|Imported beer at restaurant||$1.55|
|1 Pair of Nike shoes||$73.86|
|Monthly Pass (local transport)||$8.00|
|Internet (6 Mbps, unlimited data)||$42.00|
Nicaragua is an interesting place to be in Central America. The city of San Carlos at the Rio San Juan department, for instance, deserves to be on your list of places to visit. The capital is composed of several comarcas or communities. San Carlos provides a strategic spot to enjoy the San Juan River and Lake Nicaragua.
Tourists can get cheap flights to San Carlos from Managua. To save on money, you should monitor airline promos because it is during the off-peak season that they offer cheap flights to San Carlos. As for accommodations, hotels in San Carlos come in the form of hospedajes or inns. The best part of being in San Carlos is that you get to enjoy really affordable, if not cheap, accommodation choices. So far, there aren't any really high-end luxury hotels in the area.
As for things to do and sites to see, you can also put in your list the Solentiname Islands which is very near San Carlos. Located at the southern part of Lake Nicaragua, the Solentiname Islands are considered as a National Monument which houses many tropical finds such as swordfish, deer, saw fish and freshwater sharks. Boats going to the islands leave around 11 PM on Tuesdays and Fridays.
What you should take advantage of during your stay in San Carlos are the availability of fishes. There are many restaurants serving fish dishes in the area. Those looking for high-end meals should not expect much though as the city really offers local dishes that would satisfy every palate.
The newly-built malecon in San Carlos enables you to enjoy a good view of the lake. It's actually the best place to await the sunset. The scenic view is really enough to add a romantic twist to your souvenir photos. You can also enjoy the lake tours usually offered during the day.
Near the malecon are several shops and food carts that serve breakfast at around 7 AM. Restaurants, on the other hand, start serving meals at around 11 AM. You might want to have lunch on the restaurants on stilts for a more memorable experience.