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peggyjune replied to the thread rental properties on the Nicaragua forum on April 23, 2014:
jude200 initially posted:
Planning a visit this year, and hopefully a move in 2015, We want to travel around the country and see where we may want to live and rent a home. We are not sure if we want to buy a home down the road or not, however we cannot seem to find a rental in nica that are not vacation rentals. They seem to be extremely expensive. I have also read that alot of expats are moving from costa rica to nica because of the rising costs. Any predications of Nica heading in that direction.
peggyjune replied on April 23, 2014 with:
I found this, in my research. I am coming to Granada in December and decided to stay at a hotel. This one sounds very good - I will only be there for 3 weeks, and I know they are looking for a long term renter. gvpowell@hotmail.com Emma's Cottages in Granada EMMA'S GUEST COTTAGE (1 BR) NOW AVAILABLE FOR LONG TERM RENT! USA phone # 513-2233-7210 Nica. Cell - 8-895-0017
jude2000 replied on April 23, 2014 with:
Thanks so much for the info. I will check into the facebook sites. We are not city folks, we love nature and nice open places, so we know where we don't want to live. However in saying that we don't want to be too far from amenities. We are taking Spanish lessons and having a ball with it, not so sure we will be totally fluent in the language lol When we arrive in Nica we would like to travel as much through and around the country as we can and feel things out as we go. Is that possible with nica buses to travel all around the country? I have read that there is a car rental in Managua..........any thoughts on that would be appreciated.
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danejudy posted Seeking house for 6 mos Managua on the Nicaragua forum on April 23, 2014:
We are looking to rent a house in the Robles area of Managua July-December 2014. Need at least 2 bedrooms and air conditioning. Offers and suggestions welcome. danejudy
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waldek replied to the thread Car Rentals in Granada on the Nicaragua forum on April 23, 2014:
ShoeDave initially posted:
Are there any car rental companies in Granada? Have someone coming to stay for a month and they may want to rent a car part of the time.
waldek replied on April 23, 2014 with:
http://managua.craigslist.org/cto/4432980555.html car rent in Granada$30 a day
iguanalover replied on April 23, 2014 with:
Yes, there is at least one, maybe two.
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jpatrick posted Any business owners? on the Nicaragua forum on April 23, 2014:
Hey im a freelance journalist based out of california. I will be spending 5 weeks in july and august in Nica and am looking for some story ideas to pitch my editor. I'd like to do a feature on expats in Nica who have opened businesses or are involved in the community in some way? Anybody out there fit that description or know of someone who does?
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iguanalover replied to the thread Vaccination in Nicaragua? on the Nicaragua forum on April 23, 2014:
Salsera initially posted:
Which vaccinations are obligatory when entering Nicaragua? Is it possible without any big problems to get vaccinated in the country for: - Tetanus (refresh vaccination) - Yellow fever (10 years already over) - Twinrix (combined Hepatite + something else)? Here in Madagascar I have to travel to the capital and back (2 days of journey) to get yellow fever vaccination. As I intend to travel to Central America by end 2014, it would be great to do it over there. Thanks in advance for your advice!
iguanalover replied on April 23, 2014 with:
I haven't been asked for a vaccination certificate for years anywhere in Latin America. No one checks. I think most are available thru a private doctor. It is not a worry here. The big health worry right now is dengue and there is cholera in certain places.
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redhead4u posted storage in Matagalpa area on the Nicaragua forum on April 23, 2014:
We are driving down and looking for a safe storage in the ESTELI, Matagalpa,Jinotega area. Our van is basic GMC, but it has our belongings stuffed inside as we are moving down here. So a safe storage is needed.for 3/4 months as we have a job on the island. Thanx we appreciate any suggestions.
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LivingLifeInCostaRica replied to the thread Rental in San Juan del Sur on the Nicaragua forum on April 23, 2014:
Englishteacher78 initially posted:
Hi, I'm relocating to SJDS at the end of August. Can anyone help in terms of finding a long term rental please. I'm travelling on my own so don't need anything big or extravagant. Thanks
LivingLifeInCostaRica replied on April 23, 2014 with:
What's your budget (& give it including electricity & internet if you need that)? Especially towards the end of August/Sept. is the BEST time to look for a rental as owners are more desperate which equals workable - it's a Renters Market then. Join: Expats in San Juan del Sur - http://facebook.com/groups/206311666199794 & Expats in Nicaragua - http://facebook.com/groups/373143946088926 & ask around. Someone on one of the boards shared these: Craigs List – Nicaragua http://managua.craigslist.org Air BnB – AirBnB.com/s/san-juan-del-sur Nicaragua Community Classified Ads A few local home rentals http://Nicaragua-Community.com/services/awpcp
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LivingLifeInCostaRica replied to the thread any cool higher elevation expat friendly locations in Nicaragua?? on the Nicaragua forum on April 23, 2014:
fringeguy initially posted:
I'm an expat living in Thailand and after 13 years of suffering too high temps, I'm seeking a cooler and high elevation country to relocate to.. My basic requirements are: 1] A cooler [higher elevation?] location. 2] reliable infrastructure. Internet, electricity, clean water, minimal environmental pollution. 3] Expat friendly immigration and officials and locals. 4] Low cost of living. 5] some expat shopping ops 6] quiet, mellow locals or a fringe location away from the main stream. 7] decent affordable medical services Is this doable in Nic?? and a few location recommendations would be appreciated. Thanks in advance............ Fringe guy
LivingLifeInCostaRica replied on April 23, 2014 with:
I JUST got back from spending 5 weeks in Matagalpa - in the NorthWestern mountains of Ni - 2 hours from Managua. 1] A cooler [higher elevation?] location. Matagalpa, Estili are GREAT for cooler weather! 2] reliable infrastructure. Internet, electricity, clean water, minimal environmental pollution. Internet was ok (it's a 3rd world country so it's probably better if you pay for more). The BIG problem I found in my traveling around was not good water pressure/if at all some days. 3] Expat friendly immigration and officials and locals. You don't say where you're from but I find the PEOPLE in Nicaragua REALLY NICE. Now, the "president" isn't real keen on Americans so . . . 4] Low cost of living. Rents are CHEAP, Medical is CHEAP - heck - most things are MUCH cheaper than Costa Rica (where I live mainly) - BUT - as in most of the rest of the non-U.S. world - gas is HIGH but worse - ELECTRICITY & CELL PHONES shockingly (though there are great plans if you're a legal resident for cells)! 5] some expat shopping ops That's more in Managua but you just get a few people together & go once a month. La Colonia grocery store has the most more "gringo" products but it's NOT as great as teh AutoMercado we have in Costa Rica that even carries Ben & Jerry's ice cream (at $8-$9 a PINT!!!). 6] quiet, mellow locals or a fringe location away from the main stream. Matagalpa & Estili are GREAT for that. I didn't make it to Estili - but I do know that Matagalpa is the BEST area for Nature Lovers & Outdoorsy people (& Coffee Lovers as it's on the Ruta de Cafe!!) 7] decent affordable medical services INCREDIBLY CHEAPER than Costa Rica!! Metropolitano Hospital in Managua is quite good & AMAZING prices!!! I had a friend get the standard blood test/panel - cholesterol, diabetes, etc. & it was UNDER $50!! Ability to speak a fair amount of Spanish seems pretty crucial in this area as I found that many people weren't used to dealing much with foreigners so they're not savvy in how to do it (using simple/basic words/hand signals, etc.).
wagsa replied on April 21, 2014 with:
That´s what happens when people don´t know where to go or are led in the wrong way. In Nindiri, where I live the temperature in the evenings is in the low 50´s and there are berautiful $250K-$300K dollar homes, with swimming pools, etc. close to everything. Mombacho is a jungle, I don´t like living in the jungle, I like to go to restaurants, go to a movie, have the best of both worlds, country living with all of the modern comforts. Come to Nindiri, it is 5 minutes from Masaya, 15 minutes from Managua and 15 minutes from Granada. It is the best spot in the country. Come and see for yourself. Call me and we will have lunch at El Bucanero, my old house and see the most spectacular view. Call me when you get here 8817 3319
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peggyjune replied to the thread Looking for a house to rent in Granada on the Nicaragua forum on April 20, 2014:
linsthompson2 initially posted:
Hello all! I currently live in Granada and am looking to move. My husband and I are looking for a house to rent within 20 minutes walking distance of the town center. We are looking to spend around $350 /month. Please let me know if you know of anything- thanks so much!
peggyjune replied on April 20, 2014 with:
gvpowell@hotmail.com email for a person - Gregory - has a house to rent in Granada. I was going to rent it but decided to stay at a hotel (my first time in Nicaragua) Sounded very promising.
bushamy13 replied on April 20, 2014 with:
Rentals – Property Management Granada, Nicaragua Rentals-Prop Mgmt The most common request I get is for home, apartment and room rentals. I suggest you come to Granada and stay at a hotel then you can go see the rental options. While there are rental agencies and property management companies, many of the rentals you can only find out by networking. Here is a list to get you going: GPS (Granada Property Service) - Janice Gallagher Phone 505-2552-7954 / 505-8877-0350 www.gpsnicaragua.com www.nicaraguahomerentals.com/ Colonial Villas Associated with ReMax of Granada Phone 505-2552-3199 /505-2552-8629 http://www.colonial-villas.com/ Granada Home/ Apartment Rentals Vista Mombacho Apartments and Home Rentals Glenn and Jeannie Koons Phone USA 512-782-2326 Local 8862-7008 7853-8525 http://granadahomerental.net/ Casa Granada Properties and Rentals casagranada1@yahoo.com Phone USA 415-259-4838 Local 505-2552-0313 505-8380-4703 https://www.facebook.com/CasaGranadaProperties https://www.facebook.com/pages/Casa-Granada-Rentals/702267189795016 FlipKey by Trip Advisor http://www.flipkey.com/granada-vacation-rentals/g580113/ Trip Advisor http://www.tripadvisor.com/VacationRentals-g580113-Reviews-Granada_Granada_Department-Vacation_Rentals.html HomeAway Rentals http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rentals/nicaragua/granada/r8046 Vacation Rental By Owner (VRBO) http://www.vrbo.com/vacation-rentals/central-america/nicaragua/granada Craigs List – Granada, Nicaragua http://managua.craigslist.org/search/apa?zoomToPosting=&catAbb=apa&query=+granada&minAsk=&maxAsk=&bedrooms=&housing_&excats= Air BnB – Granada, Nicaragua https://www.airbnb.com/s/Granada–Nicaragua?source=bb Nicaragua Community Classified Ads A few local home rentals http://www.nicaragua-community.com/services/awpcp/
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wagsa replied to the thread Any Californians in Nica? on the Nicaragua forum on April 20, 2014:
jpatrick initially posted:
I am wondering if any of you have moved from california to nica. I'm looking for some advice on how the two compare in terms of culture, safety and weather. I'm aware of the obvious differences but am more interested in the more subtle things that might not be so apparent.
wagsa replied on April 20, 2014 with:
Where in California? Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sacramento, Mill Valley, etc. California is a huge state. For myself, I am from Los Angeles, Palos Verdes Estates to be specific. I need more Californians to move to Nicaragua and do things the California way. All others are welcome also. LOL
glockdiver69 replied on April 19, 2014 with:
jpatrick, Just to qualify myself as I am not a full time expat by any means. I am from CA (lived and went to college in SoCal) and also live in Northern CA (Sac region). While I won't be retired, officially for another 12 years [I'm in my early 40's], we do travel to Nica quite a bit (4-5 times a year) and we built a house there [100 %completed in July 2013]. With that said, Nica is 1000% different that CA, but IMHO it is a lot better in a lot of ways. I will start with safety. It depends on the area and the attitude you have. Most of Nica is really safe. There are some areas that you should stay out of (just like in CA...COMPTON or OAKLAND for example. You have to take it upon your self to be street smart but also polite. Nica's are some of the most gentle, loving people you will meet IF you have the right attitude and treat them with respect. Remember, it is their country. Basically, I feel safer in Nicaragua than I do in CA and I carry a concealed firearm at all times! Another test is that my 5 year old has been going their since he was 1 1/2 years old and I would NEVER put him in harms way. The people, as I mentioned are nice, polite and warm / welcoming of strangers as long as you are kind in return. If you act like an ass, you will get treated like one. I find people in CA to be fake and back stabbing with no sense of loyalty (mainly in SoCA). That is not the case in Nica, that I have found. I know more of my neighbors (all expats) and more locals in Nica than I do in my neighborhood in Sacramento. People seem to care more about you in Nica. The weather is tropical. It depends on where you live in Nica. If you are by the ocean, it is hot and humid and if you are in the highlands, you might need a sweater at night. You will have to figure that out. The culture, like the people, is wonderful. I am bless that we can raise our son in CA and Nica. Nica shows him the importance of enjoying life and for taking people for whom they are, not by the series of BMW they drive. Family plays a huge part of Nica life and it is wonderful. The USA should take note on this end. The things I miss when I am there are few. The internet is slow to US standards, but you can still Skype and get your e-mails. If you want to be on Netflix all day, stay in the US. The tap water at our house is potable but rather mineral heavy (not used to that, but oh well). When you go shopping for food, there may be 2-3 choices of items, rather than a whole aisle of choices as in the US. Things can be harder to find, but I see that as a good thing. It MAKES you be social and get out and meet the shopkeepers. It helps me with my Spanish and helps me slow my pace of life. Oh, if you surf, you will be in heaven. An average day in my area beats the best day in Huntington Beach or San Clemente. If you want more details or more information on where we are in Nica, ping me off line. Hope this helps. Joseph
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