Published On: Thu, Jan 18th, 2018

Staying Safe in Central America

Staying Safe in Central America

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Central America is a region that many people would like to explore in more depth, but you may be concerned about your safety when you get out there. While crime levels do tend to be higher than in some other parts of the world, there are plenty of areas which are perfectly safe for visitors, and others which are fine as long as you take some precautions. Here are a few tips to help you travel safely through this region.


Get Up to Date Information

Like much of the rest of the world, Central America is advancing at a rapid rate. So, when you are looking online at safety information, make sure that it is current and relevant. As an example, Nicaragua used to be one of the most dangerous countries in the region, but now it has turned into one of the safest. When you are reading information online or you have a guidebook, check the date to see how old it is, and seek something more recent if it is more than a couple of years old. The foreign office of your country should also provide current information about precautions that you can follow.


Exercise Caution in Capital Cities

A recurring theme throughout Central America is that the capital cities are generally more dangerous than the rest of the country. When you are visiting them, take extra care by only taking official taxis at night and staying in good hotels or hostels. Petty crime levels are particularly high, so take extra care with your possessions, particularly on public transportation and around tourist attractions.


Use Your Street Smarts

Though street smarts may come under the heading ‘common sense’ for some people, they are still worth repeating. Don’t walk the streets alone at night, especially when drunk. Know which areas of town are best avoiding. Avoid bringing all your valuables out with you at once – keep some back in a safe at your hotel. Following these tips alone can make a big difference to your safety.


Get Local Information

If you do find yourself in any difficulties when you are in Central America, it is worth knowing how you can get help in advance. Find out about contacting the emergency services, as well as where the local medical facilities are located. Even looking up information about air evac bases may help to put your mind at ease. Speak to local guides, hotel staff etc if you feel like you need to get more information first-hand.


Learn Some of the Language

Even a little bit of Spanish can help you out massively when you are assessing difficult situations or when you are trying to get information from locals. Not only this, it will really help to enhance your overall enjoyment of your trip around this diverse and fascinating region.


Though Central America may seem less safe than certain other areas of the world, following this advice can help you out massively during your time here.