Do's and Don't for LGBTIQ travelers in Nicaragua
All of this must seem pretty obvious, but some visitors, even experienced travelers, find themselves dazzled by the gorgeous scenery, the exotic atmosphere and the awe-inspiring beauty (and virile charms) of the local inhabitants. Distracted by the wonder of it all, they drop their guard and find themselves being victimized. Of course, even if you follow all of this advice something could happen to you, but the probability is much lower. So please pay heed. You want to have a wonderful experience during your stay in Nicaragua. If you use common sense, good judgement, treat everyone you meet with dignity and respect, and stay alert to your surroundings, you're certain to have a memorable stay!
Do not even think about having sex with minors
Child Sex Exploitation in Tourism is becoming a big issue in Nicaragua, with posters warning about it everywhere, and foreigners are arrested with depressing regularity for having sex with underaged partners (some of whom don't look like children). You also risk being blackmailed by an underage partner, and in this case you CAN'T go to the police. Before going with anyone you have even the REMOTEST doubts about, ask to see their national ID cards (cédulas), which Nicaraguans are required to carry with them in public. Be sure the picture matches, and check the birthdate. And we are serious about the “even thinking” part of the warning. Canada, the U.S.A. and many other countries are now cooperating to end exploitative "child sex tourism," and men have been arrested at their departing airport because they had been in contact with travel agencies catering to pedophiles or carrying photos of minors, etc. The standard of proof seems to be VERY low to result in such an arrest, so be warned.
Adult prostitution is perfectly legal in Nicaragua, although profiting or benefiting from it as a third party (i.e., as a pimp or madam, or the owner of an establishment that promotes prostitution) is still against the law. But you can't be arrested for having commercial sex with someone 18 or older with whom you've directly negotiated the transaction and whom you've paid directly.