Destination Information for Nicaragua
Nicaragua, with its dual coastlines with the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, is a Central American destination with a Spanish colonial history and a dramatic landscape of lakes, volcanoes and beaches galore. It is the largest country of Central America, and home to the largest freshwater body, Lake Nicaragua to the South of the country close to the border with Costa Rica. Around a quarter of Nicaragua’s population is based in the capital city, Managua, which is situated by the shores of Lake Managua, making for an impressive view.
Tourism in Nicaragua increases each year and the country is growing in its reputation as an ecotourism destination. With world-class beaches, excellent nightlife in the colonial towns and cities and good quality accommodation, many travellers are choosing to make Nicaragua their focus for Central American exploration. It is also the safest and one of the cheapest countries in this region of the world.
From reefs to rainforests, volcanoes to lakes, Nicaragua is a paradise for adrenaline-junkies, and you can try your hand at everything from biking and kayaking to ziplining. There’s plenty of opportunity for relaxation too, with swimming and sunbathing on the country’s beautiful beaches. High season is December – April, and you will experience higher prices, but it’s worth it for the promise of better weather.
Chikungunya in the Carribean/Americas
The outbreak of chikungunya virus infection in various Caribbean islands and the Americas is ongoing; WHO/PAHO has published further epidemiological data on countries reporting autochthonous transmission.
- Belize, 3 confirmed cases. Unchanged since Jan 9 report.
- Costa Rica, 250 confirmed.
- El Salvador, 145,403 suspected cases, 157 confirmed.
- Guatemala, 31,463 suspected cases, 415 confirmed.
- Honduras, 22,883 suspected cases, 14 confirmed.
- Nicaragua, 19,554 suspected cases, 4153 confirmed.
- Panama, 22 confirmed cases. Unchanged since Jan 9 report.
Malaria and regions within country:
There is a variable risk of P.Vivax malaria in the northern half of the country, including the areas of Bluefields, Puerto Cabezas, Leon and Ocotel. The remaining part of the country including Managua, Ometepe, Granada and San Carlos is in the low risk zone, where anti-malarial medication is generally not recommended.
Malaria chemoprophylaxis for variable risk zones:
Proguanil can be given if Chloroquine is not deemed suitable.
There is no British embassy in Nicaragua. Please contact the FCO for advice.