Hey All! I'm looking for some information on Nicaragua. I'm travelling Central America in April/May/June. I'm a 24 year old female who will be travelling alone. I have been reading some things on the internet about Nicaragua being unsafe. Avoiding this country is tough, as I have to go through it to get to Honduras, from Costa Rica. Just curious if anyone on this site has been there? And what your experiences were? Good, or bad. Thanks!
I think travel through Nicaragua is no problem. It has dangers, as does the other countries you plan to visit, but I don't think it is any worse. That being said, if anywhere in the country is dangerous it is the east coast, so if you are worried you can easily stay out of the corn islands, etc. (I went there and was fine but there have been some troubles so just avoid if you're worried) OH, and managua can also be a little dangerous but unless you have business there skip it!!! not worth the trip. You should definitely check out San Juan Del Sur, Granada, Omotepe, and you can head north through Leon to Honduras.
I haven't been since the recent elections but I do follow what is going on down there quite closely as I own property on the west coast. From what I hear in the media and from friends, everything seems to be business as usual and the political situation is stable.
Also - I am 26 year old female, and have traveled there alone (for the first time when i was 24!).
Feel free to message me if you have any other questions.
Awesome, thanks for the info! If I have any furthur questions, I'll email you!
Did you say "Avoid Nicaragua"???? That, in my humble opinion, would be a huge mistake. I have been there 4 times... it is fantastic and, again in my humble opinion, very safe... just use good travelling common sense and you should be fine. FYI, i did a similar trip (in reverse Guatemala to CR); my overall impression was that Nica was the friendliest and safest of all 4 countries.
I have recently returned from my 4th visit; yes, there is some concern over the direction of new government but that had no impact for us nor do i believe it will impact you. As the previous post mentioned, Ometepe, Granada, and Leon are all great places to visit. If you get the chance, a visit to the Flor de Cana rum factory is a great tour. As for San Juan del Sur, i'm not a big fan of the town; but, the beaches to the north and south (playa coco and el ostinal) are fantastic. long stretches...very few people. As for managua... you can skip it. can't comment on the corn islands.
If you want some specifics, feel free to drop me a note.
Nica is the best! Statistically, it is the safest country in all of North America. It gets a bad rap because of the wars that happened so recently, but it is undeserved. I am returning for my second visit in 6 months, this time by car...hopefully for an extended period of time. Enjoy and don't forget to get off the beaten track. SJDS is good, but there are plenty of "real" people in Nicaragua waiting to meet us!
Thanks for the info everyone! Glad to hear some positive things about Nicaragua, as I've really only heard negative things!
I'll be crossing the borders from Costa Rica and into Honduras. Has anyone experienced any problems at the borders? Or are they generally hassle free?
I have crossed from Liberia into San Juan, the border was yes generally hassle free. The best thing to do is get a bus just going to the border from the CR side (or vice versa). Get off at the border and walk between CR and Nica (there will probably be some people hassling/begging you but you can survive...also you can change money with sketchy people and get a good rate.) I don't speak much spanish and i found the whole thing a little confusing. luckily i met a canadian girl on the bus who DID so she helped me out!
Once you walk the few kilometers between the borders, hope a bus on the Nica side to wherever you're going....
Outside the capital city of Managua and the remote Atlantic Coast, Nicaragua is the safest country to travel in Central America and by far the friendliest people. The best travel guide for Nicaragua is 'Moon's' and Moon's also provides an on line travel planner and guide for Nicaragua. Search the site on Google.
Advice-San Juan del Sur on the south Pacific Coast and surrounding beach areas are now under intense development Costa Rica style..Condos, Lots and Gated Communities, nearby Mahuajal Beach is now closed to visitors, private property, Granada crowded on weekends and holidays with residents of Managua. City of Leon in the Northeast worth a visit, Colonial and relaxed and near yet undeveloped beaches. Most long distance intercity buses go in and out of Managua, be aware at the bus terminals, always take a taxi in Managua, a city that is very spread out, they are very inexpensive.