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Daniel Bolanos of Hacienda & Ecolodge Morgan´s Rock – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
San Juan Del Sur used to have a bad reputation for crime, but lately, tourism has gone up and there has been more of a police presence, which makes San Juan Del Sur secure and safe.
 
The crime rate here in San Juan Del Sur is a lot different from the crime rate in Gainesville, Florida, where I come from. In the States, the crimes are more gang related, whereas here in Nicaragua, the crimes are more of petty crimes against property. Here, they will go after your cell phones or wallets. It is not the same as in the States where everybody has a gun. Here in Nicaragua, not everybody has a gun.
 
During the past four years or so, San Juan Del Sur has been growing because of tourism, so the former gang members now have restaurants or bars or they teach people how to surf. They now have jobs or businesses and they have integrated into the society in a positive way, so they are no longer inclined to commit crimes.  San Juan Del Sur is safer, for example, than Gainesville, Florida.
 
I do walk by myself at night here in San Juan Del Sur, although of course, I am not going to walk into every corner and essentially ask to be robbed.  I have gone out at night with friends and I have friends who go in their cars, but I just walk, since everything is just walking distance here in San Juan Del Sur. It is safe to walk even at night.  Just do not go to dark corners asking for trouble, which is the same anywhere.
 
You probably need to be a bit more careful during Christmas and New Year’s, since there are lots of people at that time of year who need money, who could go after your cell phone. If you show your cell phone in front of someone that you shouldn’t be showing it to, then you are asking for trouble.
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You only have to be concerned about crimes here in San Juan Del Sur if you are flashy. You have to respect the fact that you are a foreigner in a foreign country and it is a poor country. If you are flashy, disrespectful, and rude, then you will be single-out and targeted. By virtue of the fact that you are a foreigner, just as anywhere you would travel, you are automatically a potential target.
 
Wherever you go where you are obviously a foreigner, you are open to the possibility of being a target, but if you conduct yourself with the local people and the local customs, and you conduct yourself with awareness of the fact that you are in a foreign land, even as an expat where you decide to make your home, you are still a foreigner. I think if you try to maintain that consciousness and awareness, you shouldn’t be a target at all. If you come in expecting to own the place and to be brash, then you may become a much greater target.
Eugenio Cortez of Hacienda & Ecolodge Morgan´s Rock – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
I am not certain if there is a known or published crime rate against expats in San Juan Del Sur. Expats are definitely targeted more than usual because If you are blonde and have white skin, it is pretty easy to know that you are not from there.  However, crimes have a lot to do with where you are, the time of day, and your alcohol level.
 
Many Americans live in San Juan Del Sur and I do not think they would prefer living here if they felt that they were in danger.  But of course, if you come into town and start acting like you own the place, then somebody might see that and will not like it. If you behave and act in a civil manner, then you should absolutely not have any problem here in San Juan Del Sur.
 
The crime rate may be higher against those types of people who are maybe rowdy, drunk or acting out. The houses in San Juan Del Sur are pretty close to each other, so if you are loud in the streets, about five or six families are going to hear you. So you will not be dealing with thugs or kids who will try to rob you; you will be dealing with actual families and households who want peace and quiet. I have seen this happen. If you are loud in the streets at 2 AM, then you will see people come out of their houses and try to settle you down. Obviously, if you are in that state and you don't back off, that is where the problem begins.
 
If you are in San Juan Del Sur vacationing, having fun in a responsible way and having a great time interacting with the locals, you will have zero problems.
George Cooper of Casa de Cooper – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
The crime rate against Americans in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua is no greater than it is for a local Nicaraguan.  San Juan del Sur is just like any other community.  Just be aware of your surroundings.  Do the obvious, don't flaunt your high priced jewelry, keep you camera and iPhones protected and by all means, be aware of your surroundings.  One other thing, DO NOT walk on the beach at night by yourself. Always surround yourself with other people. There is not much light and you would only invite yourself to anyone seeking some reward.  Also, stay off of the non-lighted streets if you are walking by yourself.  It is no different than any other community in the United States.
Lucy Valenti of Liv Nicaragua – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Nicaragua has the least criminality of any country in the region, and this holds true for San Juan del Sur.  This does not mean that if you leave items on the beach, in full view of everyone, that items will not be stolen, just like they would be stolen in most places in the world.  The same holds if you leave a computer in a car that’s unlocked and in full view.  There is a good chance it would be stolen, not only in New York or Madrid, but also in San Juan del Sur.
 
Relative to the crime rate against Americans in San Juan del Sur, there is no difference; Americans and other expats are not especially targeted in any way; it makes no difference that you are a foreigner.

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