My boyfriend and I will be traveling to Nicaragua in a few weeks. During our 6-day trip, we plan to cover a lot of ground. Our rough itinerary is: Granada --> Ometepe --> San Juan del Sur --> Managua. Most of the hotels we've booked offer some form of car service to take us from point A to point B, but it comes with a hefty price tag -- I am wondering if there are better, lower-cost alternatives to using the hotel's driver.
Does anyone have experience with renting a car in Nicaragua (or with hiring a private driver)? Are either of these options more budget-friendly than hotel transport (which would cost us about USD $400 for the whole trip)? Any major safety concerns with having a rental car? I'm also curious about the general logistics (e.g., parking, quality of roads, etc.).
Your advice is greatly appreciated! Thank you!