Areas to Avoid:
Avoid walking alone at night in Managua and other urban areas. If you must get somewhere, use an official cab (with a red license plate). Extra caution should also be exercised when traveling to remote parts of the country, as well as on the Atlantic/Caribbean coast.
Safety and the Police:
Outside of major cities and heavily populated areas, police coverage is extremely limited, especially on the Atlantic coast.
According to NicAmigo, police checkpoints are becoming more and more common on Nicaragua’s roads. While these are a hassle if you’re driving through Nicaragua, they’re beneficial in maintaining the country’s safety. If you're pulled over, know that it's illegal for the police to accept bribes in Nicaragua (though it still happens).
Tips on Staying Safe:
For police emergencies, dial 118
For traffic accidents, dial 119
To contact the U.S. Embassy in Managua, dial (505) 266-6010 or 268-0123