Managua City Guide
OVERVIEW: The capital and largest city in Nicaragua. Not an particularly attractive or appealing city in the traditional sense, but still worth a couple days. The main trading and industrial centre of the country.
WEATHER: Tropical (28-32 °C). Very little rainfall.
SAFETY: Managua is not very safe. Chances are that nothing will happen to you, but the problem with Managua is that there is literally nothing distinguishing a safe neighbourhood from a dangerous one - for the most part, it all looks a tad seedy. Most tourists GTFO of Managua as quickly as they can. Don't be one of them. Be different :).
MUST DO: Daygame the fucking shit out of Universidad Centroamericana (UCA).
RENT AN APARTMENT IN MANAGUA: $300.00+ to rent something in Managua in a good area with all the comforts.
HOSTEL DORM BED/NIGHT $5.00-$10.00
NIGHTLIFE IN MANAGUA: 7/10
Options abound in Zona Viva. Stick to classier joints with cover. It is usually around $5.00. Sometimes $10.00 w/ drink deals.
BOTTLE OF BEER: $1.00
CHANCE OF HOOKING-UP IN MANAGUA: 7/10
No tourists stay in Managua. This means your exotic factor will be through the roof. Mix that in with some Spanish language skills and you're golden. But you need to know your logistics. Because Managua is a big and dodgy metropolis, you need to make it more digestible. Here's what you do: Get a rental on Airbnb that is walking distance to Universidad Centroamericana (UCA). Most of the clubs are located close to here, so it won't be too much skin off any gals teeth to head back to yours for a night. That, and many students will be living around there anyway, so you might even be able to walk her home in the morning!
***ONLINE DATING: Latin American Cupid allows you to talk with girls and set up dates before you arrive in the country. For this reason, I recommend it.
ARE GIRLS HOT IN MANAGUA?: 6.25/10.
If you want to meet women in Nicaragua, you will need to speak some Spanish. The Pickup Spanish Program is the only course of its kind, designed specifically to teach you Spanish for meeting Latinas in Latin America.
GROCERIES: Milk (1L)= $1.30 Loaf of Bread= $1.25 Eggs= $2.40 Water (1.5L)= $1.00 Cigarettes= $1.25
JOB OPPORTUNITIES: No mucho.
TAXI: $1.00-$2.00. Make sure they are licensed by looking for plates with a red border on the top and bottom. Take only these.
NOTES: A charmless place, but good for a couple nights out. Honestly, I'd only stick around Managua for the cheap food and nightlife. The city is nothing like the lyrics of this video suggest.
OVERALL RATING: 6.25/10
*More city guides from Nicaragua here!