The easiest answer? No and yes. Most of Central America is safer than ever before. However, some countries are safer than others. And certain parts of each country are more (and less) safe than the rest.
While various Central America travel guides, the U.S. Consulate, and “the word on the street” tend to differ, all agree that a level of street smarts is the key to staying safe in Central America. Much of it boils down to common sense. If you avoid situations that could put you in obvious danger—like walking alone in a dodgy neighborhood at night—the odds are definitely in your favor for a secure and unforgettable Central America vacation.
Safety in Central America by Country:
El Salvador Safety