Managua

With over 600 barrios, a definitive breakdown of Managua safety is a book in itself.  As a general rule, don't ever walk more than a few blocks anywhere in Managua.  There are almost no police during the night time and with no centre there are few places where the streets will be busy.  The Metrocentro area is safe, but it's still best not to walk alone.  The only place that lends itself to walking is the malecón and central park area of old Managua, but do not walk here at night under any circumstances.  Even during the daytime take precautions, don't carry any more than you need and avoid walking alone.  Be careful when visiting the Catedral Nueva, which is next to a barrio with many thieves.  Having said all of this, in comparison with other Central American capitals Managua is safe for the visitor, although theft is common at bus stations and outside the more affluent neighborhoods

That's from my guidebook.  It seemed fine to me.

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Aren't lawyers wonderful?

"The only place that lends itself to walking is the malecón and central park area of old Managua, but do not walk here at night under any circumstances". Things sound dire. Central America must have deteriorated. But really difficult to know with guide books. Would they over-dramatize for legal reasons? If not, go south (like south of the Equator).

Wow...what a thread....

Are they saying Managua is more dangerous than San Jose? Hard to believe.

Mark, I agree that at night San Jose is pretty scary but during the day it's as safe as they get.

I gree with it!

Are they saying Managua is more dangerous than San Jose? Hard to believe.

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