Gigante is the closest beach town to Tola and Rivas, but it’s still off the beaten path.  Unlike other exposed beach towns toward Popoyo, Gigante is nestled among lush hills and mountains at the ocean end of a long winding dirt road through them.  The best way to get to Gigante is via taxi.   The chicken bus comes out to the principal road that connects all the beach towns, but won’t drive the three kilometers down the Gigante road  into the beach.   Many people walk it every day or hitch-hike if that’s your flavor.  There is a private Gigante school bus that leaves Gigante Monday – Saturday at 6am and returns from Tola at 1:00pm.  This bus, which is an old coffee plantation pickup truck, will go all the way into Gigante on it’s way home and happily give you a ride for twenty cordobas.  Rivas is about a 35 minute drive from Gigante and Tola is about a 25 minute drive, depending on how far along the road has been paved by the time you read this.

You can expect to pay the following for taxi rides, depending on how many people you have and how good you are at negotiating:


San Juan del Sur to Gigante:                        $40.00 – $60.00

Rivas to Gigante:                                             $20.00 – $30.00

Granada to Gigante:                                       $60.00 – $80.00

Managua to Gigante:                                     $80.00 – $150.00


The Chicken bus costs 25-40 Cordobas, depending on where you come from and where your going.  The times of pickup from the Gigante exit (salida) stop are the following:


CHICKEN BUS DEPARTURES to Rivas from Gigante Salida

8:30 am
9:30 am
10:30 am
11:30 am
1:15 pm
3:40 pm


In the town of Gigante, there is one taxi driver named Omar.  You can find him by asking at Blue Sol in the town plaza.  He is a very kind and happy man, but sort of a spaz behind the wheel.  You’ve been warned.

yellow chicken bus