5 Simple Tips on How Not to be a Victim of Crime in Nicaragua

How Not to Be a Victim of Crime in Nicaragua
Despite the fact that Nicaragua has the lowest crime rate in Central America — lower in fact than the United States — as a “wealthy” foreigner you may be considered a potential target by thieves.

Below are a few simple tips that will help you stay safe while vacationing, traveling and living in Nicaragua.



It only takes a few seconds for an unsuspecting thief to make his move. 

Never leave your bag on the beach unattended while you’re swimming or searching for seashells.

Never leave valuables unattended in your vehicle — even if it’s just a few minutes.

Hanging your backpack or purse on the back of your chair is never a good idea.

When carrying your camera keep the strap wrapped securely around your neck or tightly around your wrist, especially if you’re in an area where it’s busy and there are crowds of people.

As a precautionary measure we strongly suggest installing anti-theft software on all your electronic devices. Prey Anti-Theft is one we use. This FREE app allows you to remotely locate, lock, wipe and recover your tablet, laptop or cell phone if they go missing. Prey is great app to have on your devices — even at home.


Only carry as much cash as you need.  And always make sure it’s in a front pocket (not a back one) that zippers or buttons.

Don’t plan a trip to the ATM right before you’re heading to the beach, going on a sight seeing tour of the town or just before you’re venturing out for an evening of fun.

Food, drinks and activities are very inexpensive in Nicaragua — it is just not necessary (or smart) to be carrying a few hundred dollars around with you at any given point in time.


Always make sure the doors of your hotel room, vacation rental or home are locked — not just when you leave — but when you’re taking a nap, having a shower and especially when you go to bed for the night.
 Don’t forget to shut and lock your windows also.

When one is provided always store your valuables and any extra cash you may have in the safe.


If you’re planning on being out late at night it’s a good idea to leave your iPhone at home.

Don’t walk home alone  — especially if it’s late — and you’ve had a few too many cervezas.

Avoid the beach in the late evening hours and stay away from drugs and “chicas”. If you’re trying to buy either the outcome is probably not going to be what you were hoping for.


Pay attention — not only to those around you — but also to the possible situations that could leave you vulnerable, especially if you find yourself in an area after dark where there aren’t many other people around.

Although these tips may seem like common sense we hear time and time again about people becoming victims to petty theft in situations that could have easily been prevented.

By acting responsible and following these tips your trip to Nicaragua will most likely be a very safe one.

If you do find yourself in the unfortunate circumstance of being a victim to crime you should report it to the local police department by visiting the nearest station or dialing 118.

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Update: Saving Dogs in San Juan del Sur

I am happy to announce that as of today — thanks to the support of many generous donors — we have now collected just under $1400 USD in donations!

100% of funds received is being used to pay for vaccines, parasite medication and flea and tick treatments for these dogs that so desperately need it.

We now have vaccination clinics scheduled for June 6, 13, 20, 27 and July 11 in areas both North and South of town where our volunteer veterinarians have determined the need is greatest.

Our goal is to treat 100 dogs at each clinic.

Huge thanks to each and every one of you that has contributed to this cause and helped to improve animal welfare in San Juan del Sur!

We are stoked to be able to help so many dogs, but with additional support we can do even more.

If you haven’t already donated and wish to do so just CLICK HERE TO DONATE now!

It’s been awhile since I’ve participated in any volunteer projects, so when I heard about an opportunity to join forces with some individuals who were interested in working together to improve animal welfare in our community, I was all over it.

With only two meetings under our belt our group definitely didn’t feel ready to move forward with our first project, but when we heard about a serious outbreak of canine distemper in a community just 15 minutes south of San Juan del Sur we knew we had to do something.

With the help of a couple generous donors in our community we were able to purchase enough vaccines to get the dogs of El Carizal started on the treatment course they needed to fight this potentially fatal disease.


Our local vet Faran Dometz worked with El Carizal resident Carlos to spread the word that help was coming.

On Saturday, May 23rd we set up shop on the side of the road across from the huge mango tree that marks the entrance of El Carizal. 

Our “clinic” consisted of three plastic tables and a few chairs.

Dog owners young and old lined up to register, then waited patiently for their number be called and their dogs to be seen.

Our volunteer veterinarians treated a total 52 dogs on Saturday. They administered distemper vaccines and medicine to treat parasites. They also also applied flea and tick treatment to each and every dog.

El Carizal Vaccination Clinic

– El Carizal Vaccination Clinic: San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua


Unfortunately one vaccine is not enough to provide immunity to this disease. 

In three weeks we will head back to community of El Carizal for round two of treatment.

It is our hope that we can contain this outbreak and stop the spread of this serious disease — but we definitely can’t do it on our own.

The wholesale cost of 1 distemper vaccine is just $3 USD. 

Save a Dog in San Juan del Sur

With $156 USD we can purchase the vaccines needed for treatment on June 13th.

If you have a few dollars to spare and want to help save a dog in San Juan del Sur we’d be grateful  — for any donation — no matter how big or small. 

Just click on the image above to DONATE now!

What I Ate Today: Chilli Chicken Khada Masala

Cooking at Home in Nicaragua

– Chilli Chicken Khada Masala with white rice, mango salad & garlic naan bread: Elisha & Gordon’s Kitchen, San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

One of things we miss about Canada is the variety of options we had for dining out – Thai, Japanese, Vietnamese, Indian, Moroccan, Ethiopian — you name, we could get it.

We’ve recently adopted a culinary tradition that we call “Curry Sunday” — instead of going out for Indian food, we now make it at home, in the company of good friends.

This particular Sunday we prepared a classic chill chicken dish, which we served with white rice, mango salad and  garlic naan bread. All made from scratch in our very own kitchen. This combo left nothing to be desired!

Note:  If you’re moving to Nicaragua and want to create culinary tradition of your own plan to bring the necessary “speciality” spices with you when you come as they can be next to impossible to find here.


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