Guests at Mansion de Chocolate frequently ask if there are any special safety precautions they need to take in Granada.  We tell them that they need to be aware of their surroundings, just as in any large city, but they are fortunate to be in the safest country in Central America, and one of the safest in all of Latin America.

While the rest of Central America, as well as its neighbor Mexico, have been steeped in the worst violence, much of it drug-related, since the wars of the 1980s, Nicaragua has largely fended off such violence. Recently, The Economist magazine, in a story entitled, “Crime in Nicaragua, a Safe Haven,”  explains:

“Amid this inferno [of violence in Central America] Nicaragua, the poorest country in mainland Latin America, is remarkably safe. Whereas Honduras’s murder rate in 2010 was 82 per 100,000 people, the world’s highest in over a decade, Nicaragua’s was just 13, unchanged in five years. That means it is now less violent than booming Panama, and may soon be safer than Costa Rica, a tourist haven.”