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Details here. Hi Travelfolks, I've read quite a few past posts saying that Nicaragua is like Costa Rica 20 years ago, that it has quite a lot to prostitution and that it is generally underrated. If you have traveled to both countries, would you agree with this statement? I am not a troll Thanks a lot. I appreciate any opinion. Similar and different My opinions: I wouldn't classify either as underrated - because it is a matter of personal preference. I enjoyed visiting both our trip was this spring - Kay and Franks Trip to Central America Nicaragua: less developed, far fewer tourists.
Granada, 1 of the 2 lovely Spanish Colonial cities, has been compared to Antigua Guatemala 20 years ago - pretty colorful buildings, good opportunity to buy real estate, but fewer tourists and gringo ex-pats. Little Corn Island is my favorite Caribbean desitnation in the whole continent. There are outdoor pursuits hiking, etc there. But there has been soooo much deforestation and so little protection by way of national parks and preserves. Most of the lakes are very polluted - the lake next to Managua is officially toxic, and Lake Cocibolca aka Lake Nicaragua has been overfished and overpolluted and there are now granada fish and not many sharks.
I found the locals to be a bit surly - and even aggressive and violent child abuse, animal abuse. Costa Rica: Gringo-land! More expensive to visit and to buy property. Condos and construction in many places, though there are still some more remote places if you nicaragua around. Many, many granada tourists. Beautiful and lush scenery -- lots of protected parks and less deforestation than other countries. Clean drinking water and more sanitary in general though I would never drink water in all of CA anywhere A lot of prostitution by way of fast-food Pizza Hut, Starbucks, etc and english s and dollar advertised prices.
Though you will also find that in other countries - just not to the same extent. A lot of drugs and prostitution again a problem everywhere, but it seemed more obvious here. And the creepy Sex Travellers - gringo men travelling to Costa Rica and Thailand to hook up with underage local girls -- sickos. MY humble opinion Outside of those very touristy spots, most of what nicaragua say does not hold although in those areas, your description is quite accurate.
EvronM: Nope. I avoided Jaco and Quepos.
Unfortunately we did go to San Jose to transfer and had to spend the night a couple times and got to witness it's brothels right in the heart of town. You really believe there is no construction going on? There are no gringos? There are no parks?
Prostitution in nicaragua
Not sanitary? No drugs or prostitution? Read before you speak, oh wise one.
I take exception to prostitution the last remark, about sex tourist and underage girls? Did you see any of this? In my 30 visits to CR in the last 5 years, and over 50 nights in and around San Jose nightlife, casinos and clubs, I have never seen this. Though i have only been to Jaco passing thru and once for a 24 hours, there is no sex tourist preying on underage girls. In fact, though prostitution is legal in both Nicaragua and Costa Rica, the problem is far worse in Nicaragua, and more obvious.
You can see the underage girls in Managua walking the boulevard, and they have Motels by the Hour, throughout Nicaragua for the truckers, locals, and maybe a few gringos, to engage in sex with both legal and illegal aged girls, from Rivas to Estelli, Granada to Leon, and all along the Pan Am. So nicaragua again, your jaded opinions hold no water. As far as what you say about the building boom, commercialization and the gringos in Costa Rica, well, outside of Jaco, Quepos and maybe Tamarindo, the country is far nicer in lodging, cafes, nightlife and laid back atmosphere, for a couple, family or solo traveller, than anything Nicaragua can offer at nicaragua point.
Not to knock Granada, but thats a major tourist trap I could go on and on about your comments, but I will leave it to others to offer the true essence of both countries. The sex crimes prostitution young kids has been a problem I Costa Granada that they really only recently have seriously tried to crack granada on.
The fact that this is a problem is why there are s in the airport warning that sex with minors is illegal in Costa Rica. Just because you have not personally seen it does not mean that it does not exist. Also recently drug problems have been rising ificantly.
I have never felt unsafe in Costa Rica minus my time near the coca cola bust station in San Jose. It is a wonderful country but far from perfect.
I agree with you about Nicaragua Crimes with Minors is a problem and does happen, all underground. My issue was the statement that gringos come to CR for sex with minors under age 18which is really not the case as we both know. But even that category is difined by about 10 bars and massage parlors or hotels, and are easy to avoid. Exploitation of young women in developing countries has always been a problem regardless of the legalities of Prostitution, and men preying on underage girls, or boys in the case of Brazil and Thailand to name a few, is really being addressed as granada as possible by authorities nicaragua very limited resources and manpower.
The recent treaty stipulating that having sex with a underage person or minor, is illegal based on your countries Passport laws, so a American having relations with a someone under age 18 in another country, is now illegal, and the perp can be granada and deported to his prostitution country for prosecution, and its been done in Cambodia and Costa Rica already.
Not to prostitution on the issue, overall, education and government reforms to increase employment, are the answer to stopping these poor women from being put in a such a position to have to resort to sex with anyone, foreigner or local, to feed the kids, or pay for monthly living needs, and schooling.
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