I have been traveling to SJDS for 5 years now(8 trips) and have bought a lot for my retirement home. I. too, wondered about flying into Liberia and taking local transport to SJDS.But, based on what i've learned from everyone I've met is that it is the classic example of "you can't get ther from here". I can't take exception to any of the other posts, but any money you save on air fare will be spent on transportation and time getting across the border. You will waste a day getting in and a day getting back down to Liberia. I have heard horror stories about it. If you are traveling across the border for a couple of days excursion, you won't mind a 3-4 hour wait at the border, but if you are headed to Liberia to catch a flight, leave a day early. Whereas, if you fly into Managua at noon, you can catch a shuttle and be in your hotel at SJDS by 3. Too many uncertainties croassing the border and I value my time more than a couple of dollars saved on airfare. Just my two cents.
Edited: 9:55 pm, September 06, 2011