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Is it safe to travel in Nicaragua ?

by Los Clavos 20 févr. 2023
Nicaragua is a country with a lot to offer, from its beautiful landscapes to its rich cultural heritage. However, 2018 political turmoil has left many travelers wondering if it's safe to visit. At Los Clavos Surf Camp, we understand the concerns of our guests and in this article we give you some facts and tips to help you travel safely in Nicaragua.
We hope you’ll enjoy your trip and have fun catching the best waves of your life in Aposentillo, visiting Ometepe island or climbing on top of San Cristobal’s volcano! 

The Current Safety Situation in Nicaragua

Nicaragua has faced political unrest in recent years, with protests and clashes between the government and opposition groups, especially in Managua and Leon. Since these tragic events, the situation has calmed down and the political and social life is "quiet". 
Most parts of Nicaragua are considered safe for travelers, surfers and tourism in general. That being said, it is important to stay informed, but with some common sense and preparation, you'll have a safe and enjoyable trip to Nicaragua. 
As a general piece of advice, I would avoid walking in Managua (the capital) after dark, there is a risk of petty crime such as theft and pickpocketing… but anyway there is nothing to do or see in Managua, it is a dirty and noisy city, so why would you go there :-)

Is Nicaragua safer than Costa Rica? 

If we stick to the latest data given by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime robbery rate is 108 per 100,000 in Costa Rica and only 88 per 100,000 in Nicaragua. One explanation is that there is mass tourism in Costa Rica, this means more temptation for thieves.
Also, these statistics provide only a partial picture of the safety situation in each country, as crime rates can vary widely depending on the region, city, and neighborhood. 
For example, we are located in a very remote fishing village away from everything, with nothing bad happening. If you leave your new digital camera on the beach while surfing, there’s a 50% chances that is will be stolen. In south of France, if you do the same it is a 90% chance! 

What about El Salvador, is it safe? 

El Salvador, on the other hand, has a higher crime rate than Costa Rica, with a relatively high homicide rate and a significant problem with gang violence. Tourists are generally not targeted, but there have been incidents of violence and theft in tourist areas.

Checklist: what are the safety considerations while traveling and surfing to Nicaragua? 

While Nicaragua is generally considered a safe travel destination, solo travelers should take some additional precautions to ensure their safety.
It's important to stay aware of your surroundings, particularly at night or in isolated areas, and to avoid walking alone after dark. 
  • Solo travelers should also avoid wearing flashy or expensive jewelry or carrying large amounts of cash, which can make them a target for theft or robbery. 
  • It's a good idea to stay in well-lit and busy areas, and to research the safety of neighborhoods and accommodations before booking. 
  • Additionally, it may be wise to join a tour group or hire a reputable guide for certain activities or excursions, particularly in remote or rural areas. 
With some common sense and caution, solo travelers can have a safe and rewarding experience in Nicaragua.

Navigating Transportation and Infrastructure in Nicaragua Safely

Getting around Nicaragua can be an adventure, but it's important to take some precautions to ensure a safe and smooth journey. While the country has made significant improvements to its road and transportation infrastructure in recent years, travelers should still exercise caution when using public transportation or driving on their own. 
  • Buses and taxis are generally safe and reliable, but it's a good idea to only use licensed providers and to avoid unmarked or unregistered vehicles.
  • If you rent a car, be aware of poor road conditions especially during the rainy season, particularly in rural areas, and always wear seat belts and observe traffic laws so as not to be pulled off for some silly reason.
  • It's also a good idea to carry a mobile phone and to share travel plans with others, particularly when traveling to remote or rural areas. 

Four Health and Medical Tips When Traveling to Nicaragua 

Nicaragua has made significant improvements in its health care system in recent years, but travelers should still take some precautions to ensure their well-being while visiting the country.
  • It's important to stay up to date on routine vaccinations and to consider additional immunizations for diseases like hepatitis A and B, typhoid, and yellow fever, depending on your itinerary and length of stay.  
  • Travelers should also take measures to avoid insect bites, including wearing long sleeves and pants, using insect repellent, 
  • It's a good idea to pack a basic first aid kit with any necessary medications or supplies, as well as to carry a copy of important medical information and prescriptions. 
  • In the event of a medical emergency, travelers should seek care at a reputable clinic or hospital and should have travel insurance to cover any potential medical expenses. 

Security at Los Clavos Surf Camp? 

Los Clavos Surf Camp offers  a secluded retreat surrounded by nature and located just a short distance from a serene and uncrowded beach.
Each guest room is equipped with individual keys and a secure storage area for valuables. The entire property is enclosed by a fully gated perimeter and monitored around the clock by 24-hour security  as well as two amiable dogs. Choco and Limon provide nighttime security ;-)
Our eco-friendly, contemporary, and hospitable setting provides the ideal environment for an unforgettable surfing adventure in Nicaragua.
You see, no big deal. With some preparation and attention to health and medical considerations, travelers can have a safe and healthy trip to Nicaragua.
Do not hesitate to contact us if you have more questions about traveling and surfing to Nicaragua. We can take care of your airport transfer from Managua to the surf camp with our private taxi company (all cars have A/C) so you don’t worry about anything.
Hope to see you soon in Nicaragua to surf and relax with us

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