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Skip Managua- Yes or No

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Skip Managua- Yes or No

I coming in July, landing in Managua. Should I stay one or two nights or go directly to Granada like the tour books say. I'll be in Nicaragua 9 nights. What would I do there and is it safe?

Nicaragua
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1. Re: Skip Managua- Yes or No

This all depends on you. Managua has a nice history being in Managua and visiting the different sites can be over a half day tour, it also depends on the time that you land if you do the tour the same day or if you do it the next day. Places to visit will be Loma de Tiscapa, Malecon, Revolution Plaza, Acahualinca footprints museum. I will also check out the Roberto Huembes Market

Managua, Nicaragua
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Greetings surferboyVA:

Are you from Virginia Beach? I have a friend who now lives in San Juan del Sur from there...that aside:

I think I am the only one who posts here regularly who actually lives in Managua, albeit in the hills to the south on the way to Masaya and Granada. Rodolfo gave you a good list of things to see here.

There are things to do here that you may not find in other cities (or at least in the quantity and variety), such as in nightlife: casinos, clubs, discos, nightclubs (aka strip joints) and other types of entertainment.

Also there is more American-style shopping & dining here in terms of commercial malls, fast food, chain restaurants and such things. For example, there is a Friday's restaurant on Carretera a Masaya that is exactly like any other Friday's anywhere else.

But most visitors don't come to Nicaragua for that!

Have fun on your trip and get some good waves! It has been booming lately...

Cheers,

Mike @ Farmstay El Porton Verde

VA
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Thanks Mike, but are these night spots safe or will they slip me a mickey (i.e. lights out)

Denver, Colorado
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With only 9 nights I'd not waste any in Managua. My 02

Atlanta, Georgia
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Having spent half of yesterday in Managua, I'd say skip it. We had a driver show us the highlights, and were underwhelmed. American chain restaurants don't really hold any appeal. We prefered our time in Granada and Masaya.

Portland, Oregon
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Going out at night alone might get you into trouble, or might not. If you don't know which neighborhoods/streets to stay off of, I would say just take a taxi straight from your hotel to the disco then straight back and you shouldn't have trouble. Ask somebody at the hotel approximate fair when they call for you but remember at closing time taxis charge more to everybody and especially to tourists.

I've heard stories of tourists going home with girls only to be mugged when they get to the girl's house so be careful about going places with people you meet at any night spots.

VA
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Thanks for the advise Colin. I appreciate it.

Managua, Nicaragua
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That's all good advice. Managua isn't for everybody that's for sure.

The slip a mickey thing does happen on occasion but that can happen anywhere really. Finish your drink when you go to the bathroom or before hitting the dance floor.

When my guests want to go and explore the nightlife I set them up with a trusted taxi that takes them wherever they go and charges by the hour. The driver also has my number should anything untoward happen (never needed though...).

But please don't get the idea that it is all scary and dangerous. If you went to the Zona Viva in Galerias on a Saturday night it would be very lively and fun and not at all scary.

With the late evening arrivals and early morning departures, sometimes visitors need to stay relatively nearer to the airport hence the need to stay in Managua. Also there are non-tourist visitors who are doing work at NGOs, getting some medical/dental care done that costs a fortune back home, business trips, etc. that must be done in Managua.

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9. Re: Skip Managua- Yes or No

Skip dodgy Managua. Travel onward immediately. 9 days isn't a lot. Other places are so much more beautiful.

Cecilia

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Edited: 8:26 am, June 23, 2013
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