Driving Directions from Managua Airport
Coming out of the airport, turn RIGHT onto (Carretera Norte).
At the first rotunda continue straight. This rotunda will have a busy bus depot and large market – don’t get confused – continue straight thru.
At the second rotunda go RIGHT – onto a tree lined road. You will pass large white tanks along the right side of the road.
After about 7K there will be a funky intersection – stay RIGHT – turning onto a very smooth main road going toward Masaya. You will soon pass a large manufacturing plant called ASTRO. Buses should say to Masaya and Tipitapa.
You will come to a T-junction with a white arched building directly in front. There will be a sign that says Masaya and Granada and Penas Blancas to the left and Managua to the right – GO LEFT.
NOTE: Make sure to stop properly at the stop sign here. There are always cops here. Don’t stop and ask the policia for directions – they’ll find something to give you a ticket for!!
Soon after turning left toward Granada you will pass a Papa Johns Pizza. REMEMBER this – this will be your landmark when returning to the airport!
At the next rotunda – continue STRAIGHT thru – do not take first right or you will be on the scenic/hectic tour through the center of Masaya!
At the next rotunda – continue STRAIGHT thru – do not take first right or
you will be on the scenic/hectic tour through the center of Masaya!
Now you should be on a nice 4-lane divided highway… Look for a MAXI PALI to stop at if you wish to buy snacks or provisions (they take credit cards!)
At the next rotunda – take a hard right – otherwise you will drive all the way in to the city of Granada. This rotunda is a bit different than the others as it has a bike path with yellow markers. There should be a big factory on the right shortly after.
You are now heading toward CATARINA on a smoothly paved 2-lane road.
Look for a sign that says CATARINA 6K. You will pass Pueblo Blanco Artist Villa.
Somewhere through here is a new rotunda – continue in a way that would be considered straight thru (meaning don’t take your first right turn off the rotunda!).
After you pass through Catarina (a village noted for its beautiful plants), you will
pass through the small towns San Juan de Oriente (a village noted for its
beautiful pottery), and then the small towns of Diria and Diriomo.
Stay on the main road toward NANDAIME. As you approach Volcan Mombocho you will come to a rotunda of sorts – more like a traffic triangle – stay right and then take a hard RIGHT again in front of a factory at the base of Mombacho (if you go left you will end up in Granada)
As you approach Nandaime, you are approaching the Pan American Highway.
As you approach the Pan American highway you will come to a Y junction with a
grassy median (and most likely a large pink billboard of Ortega.) Stay left here and turn LEFT (south) toward NANDAIME.
Follow the Pan-American Highway south to toward RIVAS…
Look for a sign that now says Nandaime 1K and Rivas 46K.
About 19 kilometers past NANDAIME, you will cross over the PUENTA OCHOMOGO BRIDGE and about 40 kilometers further you will reach RIVAS.
Upon arriving in RIVAS you will turn off the PAN AMERICAN Highway.
(Look for a small brightly painted corner stall – MANGOs – for tire repairs.)
Turn RIGHT, onto a small straight cobblestone street. At the end of this street, turn RIGHT again, and you will be heading for the next small town, TOLA.
Should you arrive at a roundabout on the PAN-AM highway in Rivas, you’ve gone too far HOWEVER, it is a great place (last place) to top off your gas and buy supplies. Go straight through the roundabout and find the Pan-American Grocery Store just behind the Gas Station on the right hand side. Gas Station also sells very good fried chicken and wine… after fueling and feeding – go back the cobblestone street and turn left.
You may see signs for Tola, Rancho Santa, Punta Teonaste. After about 1/2K on the cobblestone street turn right on the main road to Tola.
From RIVAS to TOLA to PLAYA GUASACATE
Pass the Hospital in Rivas as you head toward TOLA and watch the speed bumps the entire way to Tola! After crossing a one-lane bridge, you will be in TOLA.
In TOLA you will pass a large church (on your right). Beyond the church is a public square (a good place to buy fruits and veggies if it is early in the day). At the far end of the square is a stop sign and to the left a police station.
Turn LEFT at the police station – (make sure your seatbelts are on!)
Travel maybe two blocks. Turn RIGHT at the sign that says “Rancho Santana.”
You will now be on a dirt road and will have about 30-45 minutes left to travel. Stay straight on this road through a hilly section of road before reaching PLAYA GUASACATE
You will pass the gated communities of: Guacalito de la Isla, Iguanas, Los Perros, & Rancho Santana. Just beyond Rancho Santana and after the villages of Limon1 and Limon2, the road will fork – STAY LEFT.
Continue to follow the blue & white signs to PLAYA GUASACATE (Another common sign you will see in the region that will take you in the right direction are the yellow signs to Punta Teonaste.)
You may see signs for Playa Popoyo and Magnificant Rock – do not turn there!
When you arrive in SALINAS (Salinas de Nahualapa) look for a blue & white school with a small library (la biblioteca los Tres Ernestos) and the old wooden salt barns. You will pass thru most of the town before you come to a small hill. There is a bus stop along the river here. At the top of the small hill turn LEFT and cross over the steel bridge.
As you are driving, look to the right and you will soon see the white villas of Two Brothers perched on the highest hill. Drive past the The Holy(Holly)Ground Bakery, round the bend, and take your first RIGHT onto Bean Hill Road. Take your first LEFT to continue on Bean Hill Road. Curve right at the well house. Switch now to 4-wheel drive if you haven’t already – it will be steep in places. Continue up the hill. Pass through the gates – mind the BUMP at the cattle guard – and continue up the steep concrete drive to the very top beyond the pool!
Life is a journey… as is the road to Two Brothers!
The entire journey is roughly 160 Kilometers and should take approximately three hours. Enjoy the journey! Stop and buy vegetables or cold coconut milk. Try out your Spanish and ask directions to the nearest town – “Donde esta Rivas?” Listen for howler monkeys as you cross the riverbeds. Make the journey and enjoy the adventure!
The sequence of towns you are heading for or passing through…
Starting in MANAGUA
Head toward TIPITAPA
Pass through MASAYA
Head toward GRANADA (slightly)
Pass through CATARINA
Head toward Volcano MOMBACHO
Pass through NANDAIME
Pass over PUENTA OCHOMOGO BRIDGE
Pass through RIVAS
Pass through TOLA
Pass by IGUANAS RESORT
Pass by LOS PERROS DEVELOPMENT
Pass by RANCHO SANTANA RESORT
Pass near PLAYA SANTANA
Pass through LAS SALINAS (S de Nahualapa)
Head toward the entrance of PLAYA GUASACATE
Final Destination: TWO BROTHERS SURF RESORT
Final Destination: TWO BROTHERS SURF RESORT