If you are considering past civil difficulties in Nicaragua and how it might impact your vacation, we would like to inform you that things have really changed in the last months for the better. All along though, many parts of the situation were exaggerated by the media and the US government.
To provide some perspective, please see the chart below. Homicide statistics for U.S. cities and other countries with a population of 250,000 or greater are provided and rates are based on cases per 100,000 people for all of calendar year 2014.
We have included our current travel “bulletin” which relates actual peoples experiences (including families with children) since June 2018 and it provide you with more complete details.
We hope to see you here. If you like remote tropical islands and quiet third world travel experiences we believe you can find that now in Nicaragua.
We are aware that some of our guests are expressing concern about their travels to Nicaragua. We are committed to being as certain as possible that our guests are accurately informed about what, if anything, is happening that may impact their travels.
Below is our current “travel status bulletin”.
We recently have had among our other guests here two families one from England and one from the US among our other guests that have two kids each (from 5 to 10 years old). They are having a great time in Nicaragua and here on LCI.
Here are four recent reviews from single female travelers and a family from Belgium (8 and 5 year old daughters) who drove a rental car around mainland Nicaragua for 1 1/2 months in July and August and “never felt unsafe”.
In the “bulletin” is our personal experiences in Managua for 8 days (over the last 3 months) and that of our family who visited, and hotel guests that have spent time in Managua and around Nicaragua. Our family was in Managua on a “National Strike Day” in July and experienced no inconveniences at all.
Review #1 (Booking.com, family of 4 with two young children traveled by rental car around all of Nicaragua):
“Nicaragua is a save place to visit nowadays. We travelled around for more than a month (in July and August) and we never felt unsafe.”
Review #2 (Trip Advisor, two single females):
“Our families had both warned us of the travel advisory for Nicaragua, but after reading forums written by the locals and welcoming emails from the LCBB owners, we stepped on the plane and didn’t look back.
***we did not witness any protests or activities associated with the political issues occurring on the mainland. PLEASE, take the time to educate yourself and as always, travel safely, but I can assure you that we were 100% safe from the airport in Managua to the beaches of Little Corn. Keep in mind that many of the locals make their living from tourism and it’s important to follow through with your travel plans.***”
Review #3 (booking.com, family of 4):
My husband, our children (age 10 &8) and myself have thoroughly enjoyed our stay at LCBB. We had originally booked 6 nights but extended for a further 3 nights as we didn’t want to leave this little paradise. We had booked our trip to Nicaragua back in December 2017 and had some concerns after the civil unrest in April but after reassuring emails from LCBB, we decided to continue with our travel plans to Little Corn . Our journey from Managua were easy and we felt safe. Flights are still flying twice a day to Little Corn via Bluefield . We had encountered no problems.
Check out this recent trip report from a traveler on a Trip Adviser Forum.
We reviewed the US State Dept “travel advisory” and are dismayed at how inaccurate it seemed. We have included above our “current travel status” that reflects real people and their experiences. Including our family (including 10 and 8 year old kids) staying the night twice in Managua and other families and guests who have transited through Managua in some way. We would like to share this with you so your information could be tempered a bit.
We look forward to seeing you here.
“We wanted you to be aware that the events in Managua have had zero impact on the Corn Islands, including Little Corn to this point. The Corn Islands are probably the most isolated part of Nicaragua and generally of a different culture than “pacific” Nicaragua. It is mostly a Creole culture here on the islands.
It has always been easy and safe to get from Managua to the Corn Islands via airplane and it still is. Other than a few schedule changes international airlines are still flying in and out of Managua airport. As it has for the last 10 years, La Costena, the domestic airline flies two on time flights a day to and from Big Corn Island.
Please remember too that Nicaragua is the largest country in Central America and Managua itself is a sprawling city. In general any protests have been very localized and mostly by students at universities (similar to University California Berkeley riots in 2017 and 2018).
LCBB has had multiple families with children, single women, couples and individual travelers checking in with us for the last months. All have transited through Managua either to get to the airport from around Nicaragua or come through the airport flight to flight. None have reported any problems.
A family (8 and 5 year old daughters) here recently had been traveling in Nicaragua from July 4 to mid Aug.. They have driven themselves in a rental car all around Nicaragua and have “never felt unsafe”.
We personally traveled to Managua via domestic flight from Corn Island in early June, late June and September and spent up to 4 days in Managua running errands in our vehicle. We flew in and out on an international flight on each end of these visits and experienced no issues.
We had family members (two adults, one boy,10 and a girl, 8) come for their annual visit and we had no qualms about them traveling to Nicaragua. They arrived in Managua on the 12th of July (day of a “national strike”) spent the night in Managua and reported that they felt no different than any of the last 7 annual visits. They flew back to Managua on the 26th July, stayed the night in Managua and flew home to the states the next afternoon and reported having absolutely no problems.
There is more good news. For the last few months or so have assemblies have been peaceful and transportation around the mainland has returned to normal. We believe that not only Little Corn Island but Nicaragua too are safe to visit. Of course as always when visiting a third world country, we recommend using safe travel practices.
If you like quiet tropical island paradises, you will love Little Corn at this time. We are glad you are coming to visit and look forward to seeing you soon.
We hope this information helps put our mind at ease as to your future visit with us here at LCIBB.