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Old 01-10-2019, 01:06 PM
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Has anyone traveled to the southwest corner of Nicaragua (on the border with Costa Rica)?

My soon to be Ex and her sister want to take my two kids on a vacation there. When I look on the State Department website, Nicaragua is ranked as a 3 out of 4 (reconsider travel). I don't understand why they can't pick a country that is ranked lower, like Costa Rica (1).

s it similar to Mexico, which is also a 3, where the resort areas are generally safe and the bigger cities are a no go? I don't care where the sisters want to go, but taking my kids to an unsafe place will not happen.

I already voiced my concern and am willing to put my foot down. Looking for first hand info in addition to what I can find on the web.

Am I over-reacting? What would you do?
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Old 01-10-2019, 01:07 PM
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I had a co-worker retire to San Juan Del Sur and he is currently living back in the states if that tells you anything.
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Old 01-10-2019, 01:11 PM
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https://travel.state.gov/content/tra...-advisory.html

Register in STEP before you go.

Is it safe? do you speak fluent Spanish, travel internationally often (4x/year), and can handle yourself in a tough situation?

If yes then you are good to go.

If you are a novice with no Spanish, better stick very close to a resort and/or pick somewhere else.

Keep in Mind that most of the Costa Rican border is crawling with armed forces fighting the Nicaraguans back, probably a lesson there.
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Old 01-10-2019, 01:18 PM
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Originally Posted by cparkerc View Post
Has anyone traveled to the southwest corner of Nicaragua (on the border with Costa Rica)?

My soon to be Ex and her sister want to take my two kids on a vacation there. When I look on the State Department website, Nicaragua is ranked as a 3 out of 4 (reconsider travel). I don't understand why they can't pick a country that is ranked lower, like Costa Rica (1).

s it similar to Mexico, which is also a 3, where the resort areas are generally safe and the bigger cities are a no go? I don't care where the sisters want to go, but taking my kids to an unsafe place will not happen.

I already voiced my concern and am willing to put my foot down. Looking for first hand info in addition to what I can find on the web.

Am I over-reacting? What would you do?
I wouldn't be asking on THT

Plenty of official resources online and travel-specific websites/forums

If you work for a large company and are an exec, you can probably ask your company's security department to provide a professional opinion and resources.
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A friend of mine bought property and build a house there 5 years ago or so. In the last couple years he says it’s been a little dicey there for Americans. He hasn’t gone back in over a year. There has been unrest between the new president and the people. Lots of violence. My friend doesn’t feel safe there with his wife and daughter right now he says. Hopes his house is there th next time he goes back
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Hell No!!!! Put your foot down!
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We had a great family vacation in Costa Rica, even ventured up to a national park close to the Nicaraguan border. No interest in venturing over the border, especially with young kids. There are too many other places to go that are much safer.
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My Partner at my firm is Nicaraguan and he goes down regularly to visit elderly family members. He said the civil unrest is really bad. He won't even let his grown children go down there right now. Stay away.
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How old are the kids, how savvy are the women going with them? I'm inclined to put my foot down, but allot depends on the answers you supply, would you be willing to make the trip?
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Originally Posted by ChannelTwo View Post
My Partner at my firm is Nicaraguan and he goes down regularly to visit elderly family members. He said the civil unrest is really bad. He won't even let his grown children go down there right now. Stay away.
This......I wouldn’t even think about it with kids.
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I haven't been there in a couple years but I never went without a guide that I knew and trusted.
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Old 01-10-2019, 03:37 PM
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Originally Posted by cparkerc View Post
Has anyone traveled to the southwest corner of Nicaragua (on the border with Costa Rica)?

My soon to be Ex and her sister want to take my two kids on a vacation there. When I look on the State Department website, Nicaragua is ranked as a 3 out of 4 (reconsider travel). I don't understand why they can't pick a country that is ranked lower, like Costa Rica (1).

s it similar to Mexico, which is also a 3, where the resort areas are generally safe and the bigger cities are a no go? I don't care where the sisters want to go, but taking my kids to an unsafe place will not happen.

I already voiced my concern and am willing to put my foot down. Looking for first hand info in addition to what I can find on the web.

Am I over-reacting? What would you do?
does you soon to be ex even know where the nearest American embassy is. An American is one hell of a bargaining tool so they think. I feel amri zn should have to take a Intel class before traveling abroad but many would be disqualified. I went to go do a 2 fishing trip in Cabo while active in San Diego that shit had to go to dept of state and by signed off by an Admiral. At that time I worked directly under a 06 thought it was gona be a breeze.
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Originally Posted by mystery View Post
I wouldn't be asking on THT

Plenty of official resources online and travel-specific websites/forums

If you work for a large company and are an exec, you can probably ask your company's security department to provide a professional opinion and resources.
Why post something like this? I would think THT would be an outstanding resource combined with the other avenues that you list. It's like getting "second" opinions from doctors and patients IMO.
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Old 01-10-2019, 03:50 PM
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Thanks for the responses. I am definitely not going to allow it. How they thought this was a good idea, I have no clue. My Ex didn't research anything, just went by her idiot sister's "research" which consisted of talking to the owner of the hotel where they planned to stay
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Cuba, Nicaragua, Venezuela all communist countries, why would people visit, live or do business with them is beyond me. Most money getting these countries is used to torture, kill, persecute and torture their own people. Go to a free Country.
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Old 01-10-2019, 04:10 PM
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I own land in Nicaragua. I have for a decade or so. In San Juan del sur. May be selli it actually.

Right now is very different than even three years ago. It's gotten squirrelly. I haven't been in a bit.

If you're a cruise and resort vacationer it's not for you. If you like real culture, less built up areas, and low key undeveloped areas on your vacations you might like it. Like someone said above, fluent in Spanish a big plus. Experience traveling outside the states also a plus.

regardless I wouldn't let my wife take my kids, and I love her and trust her judgment. I wouldn't take my kids myself right now either for that matter.
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We were going on a mission trip there and was strongly advised not to go. So we didn’t.
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Former co worker and his wife went in mid 2018.
Dream vacation. He got his face kicked in and wife was raped by 4 guys.
Call your lawyer. Injunct the trip.
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I have a friend who was going through a divorce and the spouse wanted to take the kid on vacation, 11 years later they are still on vacation and the state department is helpless.
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Ive been going there for about 15 years for surf trips. We stay pretty far up north at a resort owned by a friend from Miami. The violence has settled down, and now is mostly at night near Managua and Leon. Im leaving Monday for a 2 week trip. Most of the roadblocks have been removed, and that was really the biggest hassle the last time we went in July 2018. There are people traveling to the resort we stay at with families, but again, its up north away from the protests. I wouldn't hesitate to bring my family to where we stay, but like anywhere, you have to know what and where to avoid and be a smart traveler.
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