You don’t need to own a car in Granada, Nicaragua, which is one of the things I like about this city; it’s a boutique city. Granada is only about 10 blocks around and you can see the entire city right away. If you need a ride, you can easily get a taxi and it’s only going to cost you US $1. It’s no big deal.
You need a car if you want to go to Managua but you can just rent one for $45. You can use the rental car for a couple of days. Overall, you don’t need a car here in Granada if you’re only staying here for short term. If you’re planning to stay here on a long-term basis, you can easily transport yourself via car from your home to your work or to your business, or to visit other places like San Juan Del Sur or just explore the country of Nicaragua. It is more practical and easier to have a car here if you’re living here because unfortunately, the public transportation here would not help you when you have plans because there will be delays. If you have a plan, you’re working, or you’re representing a company, you need to move faster and depending on public transportation is not the best way to do that. You cannot count on the public transportation if you want to stick to your schedule. It’s not like New York where you know that the subway train will arrive at exactly 5:10 and you can count on it. Here in Granada, if you want things to move faster and if you want things to move continuously, you definitely need a car. You don’t need one if you’re only on vacation and you’re just taking things easy.
(Horse drawn cart, Granada, Nicaragua, pictured.)