About Nicaragua

Safety Level in Nicaragua

Nicaragua is a very safe country. According to studies by the Inter-American Institute for Human Rights (IIHR), CLADS / INCAE study and supported by a survey of police institutions in Latin America, Managua is the safest capital in the region, and Nicaragua is the safest country in Central America, and is rated the 2nd safest country on the American Continent after Canada.

The reason for this is that Nicaragua was isolated from the rest of the world due to the civil war of the 80's. Additionally, the Nicaraguan National police and the army have become non-political institutions that serve the constitution and enjoy very low rates of corruption.

MSN Money

In 2007 an MSN Money article declared Nicaragua to be “the world’s best-kept retirement secret,” calling it an inexpensive paradise. “Nicaragua is a nation at peace. Its government is democratically elected, committed to a free-market economy and eager to attract foreign investors . A recent study by the Inter-American Institute on Human Rights and a survey of police forces in the Americas show that Nicaragua is the safest country in Central America and one of the safest countries in the world. Recent studies also point to Nicaragua's low reported crime rate -- lower than in Germany, France or the U.S..”


Largest but most sparsely populated of the Central American nations, Nicaragua borders on Honduras to the north and Costa Rica to the south. It is slightly larger than New York State. Nicaragua is mountainous in the west, with fertile valleys. Two big lakes, Nicaragua and Managua, are connected by the Tipitapa River. The Pacific coast is volcanic and very fertile.


Nicaragua is a Republic.


National Infrastructure


The majority of the nation's paved roads are in the Pacific region of Nicaragua. The total kilometer of paved roads is 18,899.95 KM. The Panamerican highway runs north-south along the western coast and serves as the main route for most of the national land transportation. This highway has 370 KM and connects Nicaragua with Honduras and Costa Rica. A secondary highway extends from Managua in the Pacific to the city of Rama, which is an inland river port town that offers waterway transportation to the City of Bluefields located in the Caribbean Coast.


The International Airport is located in Managua, on the east side of the capital's urban center. This airport was recently renovated and it is considered to be one of the most modern and safest in Central America. Also this airport is the central hub for national flights to the Caribbean and San Carlos region near the Costa Rican border.