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Dangers & Annoyances

Despite the fact that Nicaragua has one of the lowest crime rates in Central America, as a ‘wealthy’ foreigner you will at least be considered a potential target by scam artists and thieves.

  • Pay extra attention to personal safety in Managua, the Caribbean region, around remote southern beaches and in undeveloped nature reserves.
  • In larger cities, ask your hotel to call a trusted taxi.
  • Backcountry hikers should note there may be unexploded ordnance in very remote areas, especially around the Honduran border. If in doubt, take a local guide.

Political Unrest

At the time of writing, the situation on the ground in Nicaragua remains volatile. The use of deadly force by riot police and government-funded Sandinista mobs against largely unarmed protesters led to locals barricading themselves in their neighborhoods and erecting roadblocks. There has been looting of small businesses and the torching of some government buildings. The fighting has been fiercest at night and concentrated in the areas of Masaya and the capital city of Managua. Granada and León have also been impacted. Many locals are under a self-imposed curfew. The violence has seemingly subsided from the summer of 2018 in which, at last count, 300 people had been killed – mostly unarmed protesters by the police and government-funded supporters. Members of the clergy have also been targets of violence. President Daniel Ortega steadfastly refuses to call new elections before 2021, in spite of calls to do so by a large proportion of the population.

Foreigners are not deliberately targeted by the violence, but if you're unlucky, you can get caught up in it, so make sure to get the latest information before traveling to or around Nicaragua.