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2017 Family Wealth Forum – Information

Below you will find the answers to some questions that you may have prior to your trip to the Family Wealth Forum in Rancho Santana, Nicaragua.

If your question is not answered below, please just contact your event manager Tami Holland at tholland@bonnerandpartners.com

Travel to/from Nicaragua

  • A tourist visa is NOT required for U.S. citizens for stays of up to 90 days. However, we recommend that you check any visa requirements based on your own circumstances.
  • If you have connecting flights overseas as part of your journey to Nicaragua, we recommend that you check with your airline if you need a separate transit visa.
  • Please ensure that your passport is valid for at least six months from the date of your departure from Nicaragua.
  • It is recommended that each passport have at least two free pages in the visas section for any necessary stamps on arrival and departure.
  • Nicaragua’s main international airport is Augusto C. Sandino International Airport (MGA) in Managua. This is an approximately three-hour drive from Rancho Santana. Flights currently operate from Atlanta (Delta), Dallas (American Airlines), Fort Lauderdale (Spirit), Houston (United), Los Angeles (Delta), Miami (American Airlines, Avianca), Newark (Delta/American Airlines), and New York (American Airlines).
  • The new Costa Esmeralda Airport (ECI) is just a 15-minute drive from Rancho Santana. Flights currently operate from Managua with La Costena (currently Saturdays and Sundays only) and from Liberia Airport (LIR) with Sansa (currently Thursday through Monday only). Please note that the aircraft on these routes may be smaller than what you are used to, so seats may be very limited and luggage restrictions may apply.
  • On arrival on any international flight to Augusto C. Sandino International Airport (MGA) in Managua or Costa Esmeralda Airport (ECI) you will be required to pay a US$10 tourist tax at the customs booth. We advise that you have this amount in US$ available. You will be issued with a tourist visa/stamp. We recommend you keep this with you during your stay. Immigration & customs forms are typically provided on the plane prior to landing.

Transfers (Managua – Rancho Santana – Managua)

  • The group transfer will depart from the Camino Real Hotel, Managua at 10 am on Wednesday, March 1. Please meet at the reception/entrance from 9.30 a.m. The Rancho Santana drivers will be there from 9.30 am.
  • Adhesive labels with your name and Rancho Santana accommodation will be available. Please attach to your luggage prior to boarding the bus. This is so that your luggage can be distributed to your accommodation on arrival at Rancho Santana while you have lunch.
  • Your luggage may be stowed on the luggage rack on top of the bus. We recommend you keep any delicate items in your handluggage for safe keeping.
  • The busses used for the transfer are called Coasters. They are a little more “rustic” than those typically used in the U.S. This is because parts of the journey, particularly the very final part as you approach Rancho Santana, would not be navigable by larger coaches.
  • All coasters used have airconditioning. Complimentary light refreshments (water, colas etc) are available onboard. Please just ask your driver.
  • The journey to Rancho Santana takes approximately three hours. There will be a short comfort stop en route.
  • On Sunday, March 5, the group transfer will depart Rancho Santana at 8 am for Augusto C. Sandino International Airport (MGA) in Managua. The journey will take approximately three hours.
  • If you require a private transfer to/from Rancho Santana, an additional charge will apply. Please contact event manager Tami Holland to arrange (tholland@bonnerandpartners.com).

Transfers (ECI – Rancho Santana – ECI)

  • If you are flying into Costa Esmeralda Airport (ECI) on Wednesday, March 1, you will be collected on arrival and brought the short journey to Rancho Santana on.
  • If there are others on the flight attending the event, you will be transferred together.
  • The journey takes approximately 15 minutes.
  • Likewise, if you are departing from Costa Esmeralda (ECI) airport on Sunday, March 5, a transfer will be arranged for you and any others on the same flight.
  • If you require a private transfer to/from Rancho Santana, an additional charge will apply. Please contact event manager Tami Holland to arrange (tholland@bonnerandpartners.com).


  • You do not need any specific vaccinations in advance of your trip to Rancho Santana, but we recommend you check with your own doctor.
  • The ranch underwrites a health clinic just outside its gates which is fully equipped to handle any vacation-related injury or illness. If an issue requires additional attention, Rancho Santana staff can assist with transportation to the regional hospital in Managua.
  • Mosquitos are typically not a problem. Sunset (around 5.30pm) is the most popular time of the day for mosquitos. You may wish to bring some insect repellent with you (it can also be purchased in the on-site store).
  • The tap water on the property is very clean and safe to drink. Rancho Santana has a state of the art water system that sources water from our own fresh wells. For those that prefer bottled water, it is provided at all accommodations.
  • If your mobility is restricted in any way, please let us know in advance so that we can be sure to allocate you the most suitable accommodation.
  • Please note that most public areas at Rancho Santana are wheelchair accessible, but due to the naturally hilly topography of the ranch, some areas may not be accessible to those with restricted mobility.


  • Cell phone coverage in Rancho Santana is excellent, but please check with your provider/operator before you travel.
  • Wi-fi is available throughout Rancho Santana.
  • Nicaragua uses the same electrical current and outlets as the United States (110 Volt, 60mz). Electrical sockets are 2-pin, similar to the U.S. But please don’t forget to pack an adaptor if necessary.
  • The electrical grid does experience unplanned outages from time to time; however, all accommodations are equipped with back-up power to run lights and basic appliances.


  • The local currency in Nicaragua is the Cordoba (NIO). However, the U.S. dollar is accepted almost everywhere in Nicaragua and there is an ATM available at Rancho Santana.
  • Rancho Santana also uses a “wallet-less” system. Similar to checking in at any hotel, upon arrival you will open an account at the ranch. You will be asked to provide your credit card details. Any personal charges incurred by you during your stay (e.g. spa, restaurant, bar, activities, private transfer, purchases at the on-site store) will be charged to your account.
  • A 10% gratuity and 15% IVA (Nicaraguan Sales Tax) is included on everything at the ranch except for housekeeping and spa services. For all other services, tipping is similar to the United States.

Climate in Nicaragua

  • Typical daytime temperature for the time of year is in the high 80’s. There will most likely be a slight breeze and a few clouds in the air, but there is only a small chance of rain. Night time temperatures should be in the high 60’s/low 70’s.

Time in Nicaragua

  • Nicaragua is on Central Standard Time (CST).

Bringing the kids

  • Kids Club Rancho Santana offers programs all over and around the 2,700 acre “playground” perfectly suited to kids ages 4-12. Kids can enjoy activities like Fun on the Farm, Kids Spa, and Kids Excursions as well as a variety of other recreational camps.
  • The Inn at Rancho Santana is also home to the Kids Club Studio – fully equipped with materials and resources for art projects, story time, games, movies & more!
  • English and Spanish speaking babysitting service available.
  • Email concierge@ranchosantana.com for details.

What to pack

  • Although there is a small store onsite in Rancho Santana, we advise that you bring adequate supplies of toiletries, suncream, medications etc.
  • We recommend you bring your swimsuit. There are five beaches at Rancho Santana, plus a small pool at the Santana Clubhouse, which is ideal for cooling off after your meetings (it also has a pool bar!).
  • If you are planning on surfing while at Rancho Santana, wetsuits and boards can be hired from The Beach & Surf Club at Playa Los Perros. Surf lessons and SUP tours can also be arranged. Click here for more information.
  • Rancho Santana is quite hilly. The topography is very similar to that of Malibu or Santa Barbara County in Southern California. So we recommend that you pack suitable footwear for walking.
  • Bonner & Partners Family Office events are relatively informal; casual to smart casual attire is recommended. We recommend a light jacket or similar for the evenings.

Wildlife & Pets

  • The ranch is spread across 2,700 acres of tropical dry forest, so be sure to keep an eye out for a variety of wildlife – like howler monkeys, sloths, and numerous species of birds.
  • Some of the animal friends can beextra curious, so we suggest making sure that all doors to your accommodations remain closed.
  • No pets are allowed on property at any time. Exceptions are made for service animals with proper documentation.

Planning on staying in Rancho/Santana Nicaragua for a few days after the event?

  • If you are planning on spending a little more time at Rancho Santana or elsewhere in Nicaragua outside of the event, the team at Rancho Santana are happy to assist with your arrangements. Please just contact concierge@ranchosantana.com.

 Contacting Rancho Santana

  • For pre-arrival queries, please contact Rancho Santana Reservations on +1-310-299-7550, or by email at concierge@ranchosantana.com.
  • While at the ranch, you can contact the Concierge office on +505-8672-0303 with any queries.

Contacting Bonner & Partners Family Office

  • If you have any questions about the event, please contact event manager Tami Holland at tholland@bonnerandpartners.com