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Nicaraguan Etiquette and Dress

Except in the central highlands, the climate in Nicaragua is hot and humid, even during the May to December rainy season. If you're traveling to the country during the wet season, make sure to take a light, breathable rain jacket and water proof shoes. During the dry season, lightweight, tropical clothing will be your best bet.The Nicaraguans clothing style is rather conservative; rarely do either men or women wear shorts unless they are at the beach. However, most Nicaraguans are used to seeing tourists in shorts and liberally cut clothing. You usually need to worry about offending local sensibilities, but make sure not to bring clothes that are too see-through or skimpy.As a tourist, keep in mind that you're already the center of attention. Wearing too little is not advisable, as is going to the other extreme. Overdressing, or wearing expensive items such as jewelry and watches, can make you a target for theives and other undesirables.Khakis, jeans, T-shirts and polo shirts are the norm for Niaraguan men. The same is true for women -- with the addition of modestly cut dresses and skirts. Nicaraguan women usually have their hair pulled back in a ponytail or bun. Even when they are dressing casually, Nicaraguans prefer to maintain a well-kept appearance and are very conscious that their clothes are clean and wrinkle free. Nicaraguans are generally friendly, open people who will engage travelers in pleasant conversation while still keeping a polite distance. Greetings between friends and acquaintances are very important in Nicaraguan society; each exchange including some kind of physical touch like a handshake or kiss on the cheek.

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