Tourists be careful
This is basically a revised version of yesterday's post. Yesterday's post was taken down because a member here felt it was directed against him and his business.
Nonetheless, I feel it is important to let people know that not everything is perfect in "Paradise Nicaragua". Almost perfect but not quite:
What made me post this here was a cumulation of events over the past thirty to fourty days:
1.) Friends of mine were victims of a home invasion that could be part of a movie script. One person was shot in the process and spent over a week in a Hospital in Managua.
2.) We had some instances where groups of Nicaraguans led by dishonest lawyers (Now there is a surprise!), settled on land that was not theirs and tried to sell the land to greedy investors that were too lazy to perform their due diligence. In at least one case, police was called to remove the group and things turned violent. (Those of you owning property in developments have nothing to worry about and these are isolated incidents.)
3.) According to a police officer the Chocolata Road in the area of the Municipal Dump should be avoided by pedestrians. It appears masked, armed men are targeting especially tourists walking along the road and are robbing them of their money and other valuables. Many have lost cash and cameras. Suggestion: If you have all your photos on one memory chip, remove the chip when not using the camera. The point and shoot is replaceable, your photos are not.)
4.) A women, familiar with Nicaragua and a long time on and off resident here was victim of an attempted robbery near Playa Hermosa. She confronted by several armed men. When she sped past the roadblock she was shot at. Her truck was hit but she escaped injury.
Suggestions of areas to avoid:
The roads south of Las Delicias to Remanso. The road from the main road to Playa Hermosa. Chocolata road north of La Talangera. These are the areas that seem to have the most problems.
This does not mean that the entire SJDS area has turned into the wild west. It seems that prior to major holidays the crime rate goes up. Many of the Managua criminals move in to capitalize on the influx of visitors.
Enjoy SJDS, just be careful and use common sense. Even paradise has its dangers.