Just got back from NICA. The Malaria Pills are the worst. Nightmares, headaches, blurred vision. If you skip anything that would be my choice, but then again Malaria might be worse.
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Thread: Immunizations and Nicaragua
Nov 19, 2012, 08:26 PM #11Member
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Nov 19, 2012, 10:00 PM #13
Doesn't seem worth it to me, why not just go to PR and skip all the dumb stuff? The choice seems simple.
Nov 19, 2012, 10:27 PM #14Junior Member
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I was down in Nica less than a year ago and didn't do any doctor prep work. no pills, no shots, no nothing. And I live to tell about... nothing. If you go during the dry season (winter) there won't be the water and moisture that breed disease so that should ease some fears. Just be a smart traveler and be prepared to bribe and/or play dumb with police if you're driving. White people = money. The way people are talking about all the possible problems you should probably also prepare for the end of the world, in case that happens when you're in Nicaragua. Good luck and enjoy the waves. You'll need a 1mm top in the south and boardshorts in the north. The South is overrated in the dry season or at least was pond like last January.
Nov 19, 2012, 11:26 PM #15Junior Member
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I would pass on malaria pills, I've never done them but use bug spray and a mosquito net and have been fine. The water is so jacked that I got really sick after drinking beers that had been resting in it so be weary. Be sure to shake out clothes and shoes, best to leave clothes turned inside out to be thorough. I got bit by scorpions twice down there and one of them turned out to be a bummer. Bring a first aid kit with stretchy coban bandages that help give good pressure on deep cuts, you may need it and you may be able to help other surfers! In some areas clinics and hospitals can be quite a hike.
I've been to Nica about 10 times over the last 6-7 years. Malaria is not an issue on the Pacific Coast (Tola & Rivas provinces) I got the Hep A and B vaccines to cover as a general precaution -not necessary but I felt it was a good idea. Definitely drink only bottled water , the guys are right on the cipro, knocks out the stomach bugs. Definitely bring bug spray. Be mindful of what you eat (cook it- boil it- peel it or forget it) Have fun an post some pics when you get back
Nov 20, 2012, 04:37 AM #17
What I don't understand is VB juveniles posing as surf travel experts. As is the case here.
Poseur, you are called.
Any of this 'information' that you posted is available from any travel site or from many previous posters on swellinfo forums.
Look....you're a young guy, full of piss & vinegar, Sandbridge is your world where your da-da taught you to surf. It's a small world & you demonstrate that with your vitriolic (look it up) defense of WRV's (lack of) client service.
You get off on posting your opinions that specifically attack on other posters. Because you are....see the above.
Now, some may rush to your defense, whatever.
Some may say that you're trying to provide helpful travel info, whatever.
But you & I both know that you just don't get outta town that often.
You're an authority on very little; perhaps the beer selection at the 7-11 on 40th Street?
You 'shred' Sandbridge, in your own opinion; yet others have seen you surf & have called you out on your arrogance.
And that's the thing that I have a problem with: your arrogance.
You're the guy that shiiiites on others for no reason other than self-gratification.
You're the guy that has the gear & flaunts it with the sense that gear makes you somebody.
You're the guy that snakes anyone & everyone & then bellows about being a local.
You're the guy who lives for this forum & can not handle it when you get criticized for your attitude.
You're a little boy who has yet to grow up and you're an engineer by training & expense.
Go build something; instead of tearing down.
Nov 20, 2012, 12:24 PM #18Junior Member
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Lee's right about the rivermouths. We were in the water after a rain last year and got out after about 5 minutes because you could just see/feel the water and how dirty it was. Had great experiences at Popoyo and Buena Onda. We rented our own SUV the first time and drove at night which they say is a pretty stupid idea. No problems, but looking back probably not smart. The only time we ran into a cop was on the drive back from San Juan Del Sur and I think we had to pay the man holding a machine gun 5 American dollars to let us pass. the locals we ran into were very friendly. Our truck got stuck once and an entire family with woman and children hopped out to push us out. Luckily I had a few dollars on me at all times for situations like that. I wouldnt touch the food in Managua, but that's just me. bottled water is a must.
Nov 20, 2012, 02:29 PM #19
Nov 20, 2012, 02:34 PM #20
I agree with a lot of what you write on here and the same with Lee. Why don't you guys agree to meet somewhere and settle your differences LIKE MEN instead of sniping on here?