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Shopping Nicaragua

I may be going to Nicaragua soon and naturally I am considering buying some cigars while I am there. However seeing that counterfeits are big business these days, I was wondering if you could tell me where to shop or look for legit cigars?
Posted: January 27, 2014

The Managua Airport is a surprisingly fine place to buy Nicaraguan cigars.

There are two shops in the Managua Airport that sell fine cigars. One is owned by Alejandro Martinez-Cuenca, owner of the Joya de Nicaragua brand, and it carries a wide selection of Joya cigars. It is prominently located just after the security checkpoint.

The other—which is more of a kiosk, rather than a full-blown shop—is owned by the Padrón family, and it stocks a wide variety of Padróns.

You are correct to be wary of counterfeit cigars, especially in cigar-producing countries. The airports in the Dominican Republic have long been stocked with wide varieties of counterfeits. But the airport in Managua is the rare oasis of fine cigar shopping in a cigar-producing country

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Comments   4 comment(s)

mark chirtoaca — montreal, quebec, canada,  —  October 24, 2010 2:06pm ET

I like to shop direcly in nicaragua because the price are lower and the cigars better


randallsteinhausen@yahoo.com December 18, 2012 4:54pm ET

shorts are the best 30 min smoke around


Faustas Tallat-Kelpša — Klaipėda, Lithuania,  —  January 28, 2014 4:28pm ET

What is aproximate price diference for a Padron cigar box in regular US airport duty free shop and Managua airport shop?


Kevin O'Connor — Colorado Springs, CO, USofA,  —  June 19, 2015 11:38am ET

If you arrive in Managua at 7pm (American, Delta) the upper level shops are closed - the Padrón kiosk and the big duty free Joya shop mentioned above. On the lower level, after you pay your $10 entry fee, there is one shop open late that has nice sampler boxes of JdeN. Also recommend picking up a bottle of Flor de Caña 18-year.
The early morning departure flights give you a lot more cigar options. In addition to the Padrón & JdeN there is now a Habanos, S.A. Kiosk at Gate 7.if you buy rum make sure you ask them to seal it in a duty free bag (TSA gets very grumpy otherwise). Definitely get a bag of Kilambé coffee and some Momotombo cashew chocolates (pairs well with all Estelí cigars!)


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