Although deadly disease are not overly common in Nicaragua, you still need to take precautions to secure your health during your trip. Remember to always err on the side of caution and prepare your health before your travels to guarantee a safe and healthy trip overseas. Following these five basic tips can keep you on your feet exploring and feeling great in Nicaragua.
1. Drink bottled water
It is recommended that you do not drink the water in Nicaragua as it contains more chlorine than you might be used to. Bottled water is available throughout Nicaragua, even in the smallest towns. The price is low, so stick with water bottles!
2. Get vaccinated
Before your departure, make sure you are up-to-date with all your routine vaccines and that you receive the recommended and required vaccinations for Nicaragua. Make an appointment with your local Passport Health Travel Specialist 4-6 weeks prior to your vacation.
3. Prepare for the lack of modern conveniences
Since Nicaragua is still a developing country, many services including medical care, are limited in many parts of the country. Don’t rely on conveniences like health services or advanced medical treatment outside of the capital, and prepare for situations before engaging in risky activities.
4. Traveler’s diarrhea
Be highly selective when choosing where to eat and what you drink in order to avoid an unpleasant condition. Nothing will put a damper on your trip faster than traveler’s diarrhea. Act quickly if you develop symptoms, and make use of a diarrhea kit or anti-diarrhea medications to get you feeling better.
The beaches of Nicaragua are full of white sand, surf, and magnificent views. If you choose to visit the beaches, understand that currents can be very strong, and follow the safety warnings and signs. Familiarize yourself with how to react should you find yourself caught in a riptide. Stay calm and don’t struggle in the water, as this will only make your situation worse.