Puerto Cabezas

Travel Guide Central America Nicaragua Puerto Cabezas

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Introduction

Puerto Cabezas is a municipality in Nicaragua. It is the capital of the North Caribbean Coast Autonomous Region (RACCN). The municipality and the entire region are indigenous lands. The city of Bilwi is part of The Community of Karata, including land north of Bilwi, which borders The Community of Ten Communities. The owners are the various community groups who have demarcated their particular land areas under national law providing for recognition of aboriginal title to the land. Hurricane Felix hit Puerto Cabezas on September 4, 2007, killing about 100 people.

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Weather

Puerto Cabezas has tropical monsoon climate with significant precipitation year round, and a short dry season in March and April. Even so, these months see an average precipitation of 48 millimetres and 54 millimetres. The average temperature ranges from a low of 24.5 °C in February to 27.8 °C in May. The average annual precipitation is 2,799 millimetres with 198 days with measureable rainfall.

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Getting There

By Plane

Avianca Nicaragua serves Bluefields and Managua.

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Learn

The University of the Autonomous Regions of the Nicaraguan Caribbean Coast (URACCAN) has a campus in Puerto Cabezas, as well as in several other locations in the RACCN and the RACCS.

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Keep Connected

Internet

Internet cafes can be found in most larger cities and popular areas, but even in smaller towns you will usually be able to connect somewhere.
Wifi is generally free at most hotels, with the notable exception of larger chain hotels, which generally charge between US$3 and US$8 per day.

Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

The international phone code of Nicaragua is 505. The general emergency number is 911, though you can contact police (118), fire (115) and ambulance (128) separately if you want.

Nicaragua's cell phone system utilizes GSM 1900 technology. So, if you have a GSM phone that supports the 1900 band you can either use your phone as is at international rates or if your cell phone is unlocked , you can purchase a SIM card for your phone and you will have a local cell number and be charged local cell rates. Both Claro and Movistar provide cell phone service in the country. Claro is run by the old national phone company (ENITEL) that has now been privatized.

Another option is to buy a cell phone locally. Disposable cell phones are quite inexpensive, usually costing about US$20.

You can also purchase local prepaid phone cards that can be used at pay phone across the country. The different pay phone systems each have their own phone cards, so pay attention to which type you purchase.

Post

Correos de Nicaragua provides postal services. It's fairly cheap but not extremely reliable or fast. Post offices are generally open Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 6:00 pm and Saturday from 8:00am to 1:00pm. Airmail postage for a standaard letter or postcard from Nicaragua to North America is US0.60 and US$1 to Europe. Mail takes on average between 7 and 10 days to get to the U.S. and Europe. Though it's fine for sending a postcard, you'd better use companies like TNT, DHL, UPS or FedEx to send parcels internationally.

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