Visiting Nicaragua in 2019?

Posted by Jamie Cain on Oct 14, 2019 10:40:57 AM

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.

Sesteo_Restaurant_LeonLocals 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. 

Nicaragua Photo Courtesy of traveler.comThe Ferry to Ometepe Island in Lake Nicaragua - Photo Courtesy of

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.

Nicaragua Photo Courtesy of nationsonline.orgThe Sight of Apoyo Lagoon in Nicaragua - Photo Courtesy of

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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Jamie Cain

Written by Jamie Cain

Jamie Cain is a native Texan. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance, and after graduating college, she began a career in modeling. “This was an incredible experience, as I had the opportunity to work and live in many amazing countries and experience all the different cultures.” After, she started a career in real estate in Dallas. Fast forward to 2017, she had the wonderful opportunity to join ECI Development as a Property Advisor for Nicaragua and Belize. Presently, Jamie lives on the East Coast with her husband and two white cats. She enjoys yoga, blogging, photography, and cooking.

Topics: Nicaragua, Tourism in Nicaragua, Vacationing in Nicaragua, Natural Attractions in Nicaragua, Living In Nicaragua