OK so take this as you will, friends returned from Nica a few days ago. It was a normal surf trip to my friends condo out in San Juan Del Sur area. 1st night in Managua they heard 1 explosion but that was about it. They saw burnt out cars, houses, downed trees, old roadblocks, etc. Spent good 10 days on the coast where is was semi-normal crowds,, lots or Brazailian's (as usual), no issues with food, gas, etc. The day of return they had to skip the morning surf session and get on the road early, only 1 issue back to the airport. Forgot the town name but they were stopped by Paramilitaries, took them out of the car , questions, aggressive search BUT TOOK NOTHING, NO CASH ETC, and allowed "gringo tourist" to go...Driver was doing 100% of the talking , friends just said Soy Americano surfer/tourist heading home..."Tranquilllo" was constantly mutter to them from the driver. They made it back safely and would go again...some would have freaked out a bit with young masked men , heavily armed and on edge searching EVERYTHING...then again for some it is part of the travel you Choose to do or not. Now this is very different than motoring on your own through the country as they had a driver. Just reporting what I heard. Would plan surf trip (they need the tourist $) not sure about traversing by moto yet. MAYBE a local guide can set up group escort rides from N-S or S-N , the driver made it possible to get through roadblocks and re-routes back, not sure if that "service" is available.