We want to get married in Nicaragua. Who will perform the marriage ceremony and where?
Has anyone been to the corn islands of late?
Where can we go on the pacific coast for chill, swimming and good food?
I am heading down in about a week. We plan to try to get married while we travel in Nicaragua. We understand the local law about documentation, but not quite clear on who can preform the ceremony? We would also love a recommendation on a place or a low key person (no Church)?
My second question (and i know a shot in the dark) is has anyone been to the corn islands of late, i am freaking out cause i read this one blog about all the rain. Should the rains be less in the next few weeks, any word...weatherunderground is vege..at best for 15 days out.
Third where would you go on the pacific coast for chill, swimming, but good food?
Oh any favorites on anything from favorite lodging for less than 25 a night (ideal 10-20). Would be great!
Hello Sabrina 😊
I havent been to Nicaragua, but about getting married, wherever you do it make sure you can get an international marriage certificate there. Otherwise you may find yourself unmarried when you get home and subject to paying the higher income tax rate that single people pay.
Hi Sabrina. Congratulations on the future wedding plans! Since you say you understand the local laws about documentation, I think you have the biggest part of the future problems you may encounter beat. The only thing is that you are going to get a different story in different areas, and from different people you may ask...including attorneys. Any notary public can marry you, but the problem will be finding one that WILL marry you according to what paperwork you have in hand. I've heard you need a document that proves you are single. I don't know where you're from, but the U.S. Embassy doesn't keep a clearing house record on who's married or who's not, so there is no way of checking that, although they may give you a document that says YOU have stated you are single (for a fee). Explaining to Nicaraguan notaries that you don't really need this form doesn't usually help, so just keep looking for a notary or a minister who will do it anyway, if you can't get the verification. Also, many of them ask for a birth certificate. Even though a passport is a higher form of identification, they want a birth certificate. So if you have them, bring them along. As I said, it is easier to find someone who will marry you with the paperwork you have than trying to find all of the documentation one person may be asking you for, since you'll find it varies from person to person. It used to be a judge was the only person who could marry you, but that's no longer true.
I think San Juan del Sur is the nicest beach area on the Pacific coast. For a beautiful place to eat and hang out, you may want to check out the Piedras y Olas Resort ( also known as Pelican Eyes Resort) in San Juan del Sur. You can hang out at the pool at sunset and have a lovely dinner there...very romantic. It would also be a beautiful place to get married. (See Chris Berry, the owner, if you decide you might want to do that). Unfortunately it is also very expensive to stay there $100+, but you can find a nice reasonable place to stay just down the hill in town at all different prices (from $4.00 per night and up).
For info. on life in Nicaragua and getting around in and about San Juan del Sur, please read my travelblog at A. Zudro (airolg zudro)Travelblog.org. Good luck and have fun in Nicaragua.
Oh. One more thing. I wouldn't worry so much about the rain. It's usually not that rainy at this time of the year, but even if you do get rain, there will be parts of every day that will still be nice. It rains for a while and then the sun comes out. If it is raining a lot, don't go up the volcano on Ometepe...too muddy!! Also, another trip that can be miserable in the rain is a boat trip up the Rio San Juan...very wet!!
The Piedras y Olas Resort in San Juan del Sur offers a beautiful full day out on a big sailboat with food and drinks included. You can see turtles and they stop at a turtle sanctuary for lunch. It's a very nice trip and worth checking out.