Nicaragua Warnings and Dangers
Salsa Club Quick Pic
Salsa Club Quick Pic
The waterfront near the Salsa clubs.
Wonderful Disco Strip...
The waterfront near the Salsa clubs.
Granada, Nicaragua at Night
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Watch out for English Pirate Con-Artists
Thought I'd get your attention. Actually, except for Managua, you are unlikely to be duped into some con in Nicaragua. Despite the poverty, the nation is remarkably friendly and honest. There are though a couple of minor situations in which to be alert. Then, there are the cons posed by other travelers.First, skip the official money changing scam at the airport. The exchange rate at the Best Western Hotel just across the street is much better than the airport window.When swapping money with street changers, count bills openly and carefully. Don't get greedy and change too much! After that, the institutional-international bank automatic teller fees rip is the only thing to think about. In this case, it's usually better to change a larger sum at once than to go frequently to the automatic teller. Each transaction comes with a significant price tag. Finally, if you get money from the human...
Safety Considerations in Nicaragua
Surprise, Surprise! Nicaragua is remarkably safe even relative to other Central American nations, which themselves are terribly over-rated as being "dangerous". We wandered by local bus everywhere except Managua, but in Managua, taxi's are cheap and honest. In Granada, avoid going down to the crowded disco's along the waterfront at night, as you might get robbed of your jewelry and iPhone. Normally though, the bigger concern on a holiday night might be a firecracker tossed to close by. Since the nation is so poor, it's very wise to not wear gold jewelry, and to avoid flashing the iPhone too much. But, Nicaraguan's have cell phones, and will soon have smart phones, so it's not that big a deal really. Conductors on the buses will not steal your bags, but count the bags to make sure they don't get left behind. See my tips on baggage and other such advice.
I highly recommend going to see the Masaya Volcano just a short drive from Managua, but you may want to bring a scarf or bandana to protect your airways. The gases the volcano emits can start to bother your lungs after only a short while. I would take serious precautions if anyone in your group has breathing problems such as asthma.
tender in from cruise ship
Do not sit on the top part of the tender craft if you have little hair! A hat won't stay on and the sun is far too strong to do without!18 months later my scalp is still suffering ----another appt with a dematologist soon!
As is normal, one should always take necessary precautions to protect personal security. Follow all recommended travel guidelines to avoid troubles. I have a 31 year history with Nicaragua but only recently decided to move to Nicaragua from Eugene, Oregon (June 2008). The year prior, I investigated Nicaragua extensively and one of the key issues for me, naturally, is mine and my children's personal security. I am aware of all the US Consulate warnings and the statistics of violence commited against US citizens and others. At first I wondered if moving to Nicaragua to start a business would be an unnecessary risk. But as I began to compare the same statistics to the crime in my little home town of Eugene, Oregon, I realized I lived in a much more "dangerous" place then Managua, not to mention the small towns outside of Managua and the capital cities (based on per capita figures). I moved...
Thieves in Managua
Costa Rica is so crowded and people so unfriendly, it is said Nicaragua, regarding crime both places are safe, in Nicaragua you will be safe 99% of the time in Leon or Granada or any other city just avoid Managua, all thieves are concentraded there, still safe at daylight,.
Almost everywhere you go in Nicaragua you will see children begging for food or money. In many cases they will go away if you ignore them long enough or emphatically tell them no. But some children, expecially in Granada and the central market in Managua, become aggressive and abusive when you turn them down, kicking or hitting people and vehicles, and making extremely rude comments and gestures. If you give them money, they only become more persistent so, as far as I can tell, there's no way to get rid of them except to leave.
WATCH YOUR KIDS !!!
This happened at Christmas in the Dominican Republic, but can happen anywhere, that is why I am posting it in all my travel places.This is something that makes me sick. This is not a place specific concern. While at the pool I notice a little girl about 2 ? 3 yrs old. She had water wings on and was in water over 5 feet deep. There was absolutely nobody watching her. I stayed within a couple feet of her while with my son. After 30 minutes (I thought her parents would come back) I asked her if her mother was around. The girl said yes and quickly left to run to her mother. (I was a stranger so she ran away). I noticed who her parents were.My dilemma was this; do I make an attempt to tune her parents into reality??? Or do I turn a blind eye and pray nothing happens ??? I know that if something happened to her, I would feel guilty.I decided that I would keep an eye out for her. The next day,...
Driving Tickets for no reason !!
We were driving back to the hotal when Rick passed a bus on an open stretch of highway. We were pulled over. The police officer said that we passed a school bus in a no passing zone. There were absolutely no paint marks on the highway. I did not understand most of the conversation because Manuel and the officer spoke very quickly in Spanish. Here is the outcome:They were going to take Rick's driver's liscence to the police station where he can pick it up in a couple days when he pays the fine. They would not say which station it would be at, or we could pay the fine now...........Rick offered the police officer about $60 CDN. and he accepted it only after he told his partner to walk behide the vehicle (no witnesses). This took about 1 hour to solve...
The beach at Poneloya, a short bus ride from León, is a great place to take photographs, collect seashells, or just admire the surf. It’s not a particularly good place to go for a swim, however. Don’t believe me? Read the sign.
Top 3 Hotels in Nicaragua
Hotel Casa Naranja Managua
1 Review and 105 Opinions It felt like staying at Home in Nicaragua. The rooms are nice, very comfortable beds, a great...
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