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jim42
8/30/2019 15:05 EST

Is Managua a somewhat safe place for a vacation? I have been to Leon and Granada and they were both nice vacations for an older single guy.

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waltermboyles
8/30/2019 15:11 EST

Vacation in NI?...We see NO problem now....H2O 212F

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jim42
8/30/2019 15:40 EST

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elduendegrande
8/31/2019 08:28 EST

Your most immediate hazard will be the traffic. Statistically MGA is no more dangerous than chicago and safer than CR. Have your radar on and don't wander around loose in strange neighborhoods.

In the unlikely event that the country implodes during your short stay, head for a border or hole up in Las Mercedes and wait for the next flight out.

We went on a day trip yesterday to Pricemart, Masaya Volcano, and Masaya parque central and it was quite nice.
The Tipitapa road widening is open and up to modern standards. The rotunda ticket traps have been replaced with proper signs and lane markings showing you what lane you are supposed to be in. It is amazing what MTI can do when it finally gets around to it.

As a tourist destination MGA has stuff, but it is spread out and subject to nicariquismos like being closed for 6 months for remodeling.

May I suggest puerto allende for lunch or dinner and a stroll, terraza peruana and Taiwan park, the National zoo on the way to Masaya, and the national museum in the old downtown.

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dollyd
9/11/2019 08:11 EST

I just did some touristy things in Managua for the first time. There is the old presidential house site which is now a notorious underground prison, the Malicon with th its restaurants and miniatures of old Managua and the cathedrals of Nicaragua (it’s empty during the day but would be a good spot to go for dinner and a walk) the old Cathedral with a nice museum next to it and a nice park with monuments across the plaza. Hire a car and go. I used Mr Ow Transportation. Speaks English. Good vehicles reasonable and safe. He is on Facebook.

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PombinhaCoco7
10/31/2019 16:58 EST

I live in Costa Rica and 2 years ago we spent 3 nights in Granada and 3 nights in San Juan del Sur.
We went to Massaya, Laguna de Apoyo and a market somewhere (I forgot the name of the town)
We loved La Calzada in Granada and we visit the Isletas.
Our children are visiting us and one of our plans was to visit Leon.
Can anyone please let me know if this is a good idea?
Thanks.

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waltermboyles
10/31/2019 17:16 EST

In the state of Carazo, south of MGA, we know of no problems. Com'on!
H2O 212F

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PombinhaCoco7
11/1/2019 10:43 EST

Waltermboyles
Thank you so much for your reply.
One day we want to go to Ometepe while my son wants to visit Big Corn Island.
Thanks again.

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elduendegrande
11/1/2019 11:17 EST

Police have been diverted to other duties so crime is up, most of which you cannot document because it is not reported. The police used to "lubricate" society by intervening in civil disputes and responding to minor violations. Now people are afraid to call them.

No reason to not make the trip, Leon has several museums, a botanical garden, and some restaurants.
Use extra caution, net net it is no worse than the rest of c.a. for a visiting furriner.

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dturoff
11/1/2019 11:53 EST

If you do go to Leon, check out the beach at Las Penitas.

If you don't mind spending a bit of money, El Cardhu del Mar is an excellent place to stay there.

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PombinhaCoco7
11/1/2019 13:49 EST

dturoff
Yes, we were planning to go to Las Penitas.
I heard that Leon is very similar to Granada but we still would like to check that area..
By the way: if we take the Tica Bus
from Liberia,Costa Rica (we did the last time) should we go to Managua and then take another bus to Leon?
Thank you so much.

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dturoff
11/1/2019 14:00 EST

I'm not certain of this, but I think you have no choice; I think all North-South buses run through Managua

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elduendegrande
11/2/2019 09:47 EST

Check tica bus ' schelude, there are buses that go to Hond via leon but they probably charge an arm and a leg for these like they do on the esteli-san jose run.

Otherwise, get to mga and take a cab to la uca mini bus station by metrocentro. Probably other buses from huembes or someplace. Whole family with luggage you might consider negotiating with a cabbie.

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elduendegrande
11/3/2019 09:58 EST

Leon is worth seeing but don't expect another Granada. It has the old architecture and cathedral and various tourist destinations but with a big dollop of traffic and urban grunge.
Poneloya is suppose to have a new beach walk thingy and is on the way to Las Penitas.

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PombinhaCoco7
11/3/2019 11:50 EST

Thank you so much everyone.
I really enjoyed Niicaragua.

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dalepues
11/25/2019 09:02 EST

This is a little late, but still good information.

In September I spent two weeks in Diriamba, Hotel Eco-Posada, or Tortuga Verde as it's sometimes called. Nice spot. Also, Diriamba has nearly perfect weather (80/70) and it's less than thirty minutes to the Pacific.

The real purpose of my trip was to go fishing from Cazares. The ocean was beautiful, the water clear down to twenty or thirty feet, not too windy, perfect for trolling Rapala magnums from the panga.

Fishing was slow, however. We were compensated with bird shows, flying fish, and several enormous pods of dolphins. Lots of turtles. One giant ray. Maybe a whale off in the distance. Spectacular views of the coast line and a volcano too.

Highly recommended.

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