The country of Nicaragua has been one of the most enticing destinations for tourists when it comes to R & R, exploring and sight seeing, and for adventure and thrill seekers. After all, Nicaragua has manifold attractions such as volcanoes, beaches, lakes and glorious centuries’ old cities that make it an ideal place to visit or relocate.
But many travelers put the brakes on traveling to Nicaragua last year in April 2018 due to the political unrest - rallies and demonstrations against the government’s proposed reforms, the Nicaragua Canal, and other important factors.
Locals and Tourists Conversing at 'El Sesteo' Restaurant in Leon, in early September 2019
Is Nicaragua Safe to Visit Now?
Many of you are now asking if it is safe to travel to Nicaragua again? You can still visit Nicaragua. Even though progress has been slow and the current situation isn’t ideal, there has been some progress made lately in Nicaragua’s safety and political situation. So while some things may still be unsafe and your trip may be inconvenienced or hindered somewhat, you can still enjoy this beautiful country, just be sure to use careful and wise judgment.
The Ferry to Ometepe Island in Lake Nicaragua - Photo Courtesy of traveler.com
For travelers who still have Nicaragua on their “Must Visit” list, or have been eagerly awaiting another return, here are some top things to be aware of in regards to safety.
- Don’t get involved in politics or any political causes.
- Avoid demonstrations and restrict unnecessary travel.
- Always be aware of your surroundings in any country you visit.
- Don’t bring or wear expensive jewelry or display expensive belongings.
- Don’t venture too far off the well-traveled paths.
- Keep your wits about you, no matter where you go.
- Always travel with insurance, even if you are only taking a short trip.
- Do your homework. Research the latest information on travel to Nicaragua and stay informed.
The Sight of Apoyo Lagoon in Nicaragua - Photo Courtesy of nationsonline.org
The Bottom Line
The Nicaraguan Unrest of 2018-2019 should not to be taken lightly. It’s been one of the largest protests in the current government's history, and deadliest civil conflicts since the end of the Nicaraguan Revolution. Many governments still advise to “exercise a high degree of caution” when visiting Nicaragua. However, it hasn't been an impediment for some people who enjoy traveling to this tropical paradise. You may be one of them.
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