Safety on Nicaraguan Beaches

Visitors to Nicaragua often wonder about safety on the beaches.  Although Nicaragua’s beautiful beaches are very safe and visitors should not be alarmed, they should also do take reasonable precautions. 

Staying Safe on the Beach in Nicaragua

Petty theft is the biggest worry in both beach towns like San Juan del Sur and other beaches off the beaten path.  In order to keep your valuables (wallet, keys, sandals) from being stolen it is best is not leave them out of sight.  This will discourage would be thieves from trying to swipe them while you are in the water.  If you are in a large group it is easier for there to be someone near your belongings on the beach while others are in the water.  It is a little more difficult if you are alone or in small group where everyone might be in the water at the same time.  If you are on a deserted beach and worried about leaving your vehicle keys in plain sight you can hide them under the car.  Another option is ask someone nearby to watch over the car and give them a tip when you are leaving the beach.  The tip can vary depending on how long you were at the beach.  It may vary anywhere from $1 to $5 or more if its all day. 

Another safety concern for visitors can be the conditions in water.  Some of the conditions are easily visible like the size of the waves.  Visitors should beware rocky beaches where there are sharp rocks under the water.  Some beaches also tend to have a strong riptide.  Pochomil is infamous for pulling people further out in the water than they are comfortable. 

This isn’t to scare anybody off from the beaches in Nicaragua but just to inform you ahead of time.  Take normal precautions to be careful and you should not have any problems staying safe on the beaches.

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  1. Mike @ Farmstay El Porton Verde says:

    Hey Michael another good article…

    To me there are two sorts of beaches in Nicaragua, the much-visited tourist ones and the non-tourist beaches. If you are by yourself or a couple, it is best to not bring more than lunch/beer money to the beach as both of you will probably want to enjoy the ocean at the same time.

    If you have your own vehicle and go to a place like Pochomil, you will be directed to one of the many ranchos and you can park your car underneath the thatched roof of the restaurant of your choice. Once you are there, I would say the chances of any theft or robbery are very slight as the restaurant staff will certainly make sure no one messes with your vehicle.

    If the beach is one of the more deserted ones, and you have your own vehicle but there is no one nearby offering to watch it, try to park it within sight of the beach; better yet, make sure it is visible from where you will be swimming or surfing. This way you can make sure no one is near your vehicle.

    Also, the best thing for guys at least is to have surf trunks with the string to attach your keys and a velcroed or zippered pocket to stash your cash. Believe me, any vendor will gladly accept your wet cordobas!

    Since I am a surfer and have traveled up and down the coast, I have my spots all setup and know the people there so they take care of me. Never had any problems. As is the usual good advice, be friendly and most importantly, respectful of the local people and in turn they will treat you kindly as well.

    • Michael says:

      Thanks for adding more good info for people to know. Pochomil is quite the experience with everyone trying to lure you into their establishment.

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