Funny that you should ask if I had any worries about safety or see any problems when we were there? The first time we went I must admit I was a bit concerned. The first night we were sleeping there was a horrific sound that awakened us. My first thought was - we’re going to die, we’re being raided. I laugh now. It was the alarm on the television that went off.
That year we took a tour that included the city, volcano and flea market. No problem. In the city we were bothered by small children asking for money. As per instruction of our tour guide we ignored them.
The day we had to go back to the airport there was a transit strike. Saw lots of police that day. Our bus was stopped by the police, the driver taken off the bus. He was gone for quite awhile, but returned and got us to the airport on time. That was a bit un-nerving.
Second time we went, five of us females left the resort to tour the nearby village. We were ridden into the village by young local lads on three bicycles. The bicycles could seat two passengers - the rider sat behind. It was a very interesting tour too. Definitely a language barrier.
The only unsettling time was when we were going back to the resort. One of the girls decided to give a couple local children candy - well she was besieged by children coming out of the bushes. It was unreal. They were hanging all over the bicycle she was on. The only way to get rid of them from doing so, was throwing the stuff behind us so we could make a clean get away.
You could also take a horse drawn carriage from the resort into the village.
We met people who had rented a car to drive around Nicaragua and they had no problems. They found the people very accomodating.
Like anywhere in this world - you can encounter robberies and violent crime where and when you least expect it. As with any area you aren’t familiar with - don’t flaunt what you have by wearing jewellery or flashing your money.