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iguanalover replied to the thread Sea temperatures all year round in San Juan del Sur as compared to the Caribbean side on the Nicaragua forum on August 30, 2014:
mariache initially posted:
Sea temperatures are important to me; do not like to swim in freezing waters. Was recently in Turkey and the water was at 26 Celsius then to Malaga and down to 21 (not very comfortable). So for those who reside all year round on either side, how cold does the sea water can get? Tx ahead
iguanalover replied 22 minutes ago with:
Turkey is very far north of Nicaragua and not very close to the tropics. Nicaragua is in the true tropics. The waters can get cold in the mountains, but at sea level that isn't a problem. The Caribbean is a shallow sea and usually very nice. I have never heard anyone complain about the water temperature.
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KeyWestPirate replied to the thread Route to visit Nicaragua on the Nicaragua forum on August 30, 2014:
mariache initially posted:
I'm planning three weeks visiting Nicaragua next Jan. Could anyone recommend an order to visit the different parts of the country? Do I start in Managua a few days and the towards the North to visit highlight towns and points of interest or to the South? or take a plane to Bluefields+Corn Islands first? Can you go to San Juan del Norte from Bluefields? buses? plane? piragua? How about from San Juan del Sur to SJ del Norte? We really want to see lots of the country as a possible retirement place. Is renting a car a good idea, is it safe enough? Thanks again.
KeyWestPirate replied 7 hours ago with:
I could have not said it better. I love the north, the slower pace, the people. Wages are much lower. It's cooler at altitude, and there are some fantastic views. But, there is minimal infrastructure, and few expats. If you get up my way, email me I enjoy visitors, and have a pretty good sized place.
iguanalover replied on August 29, 2014 with:
You can check bus routes and schedules at: If a bus doesn't go somewhere, there is a good reason. It is not a good idea to try to drive a route where buses don't go unless you have four wheel drive. Some things that look like roads on a map are in poor condition and not all rivers have bridges. You can hire a taxi driver to take you anywhere. They can be very helpful. has information about the Atlantic side and getting around the lake. The Atlantic side is much less developed, getting around can be slow but very nice. Flying is a good option for a short time frame. The river trips are wonderful. Seating is competitive. Managua is not a tourist city. Some people like it, some don't. Traffic is gridlock or worse all the time. Avoid rush hour. It doesn't have an organized downtown and is hard to get to know. Each area in the country has different scenery and things to do. The Facebook pages will give you some idea of what goes on in different areas and some places have local newsletters. It all depends on what you want to do with your retirement, that is the real thing to think about.
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majicjack replied to the thread Getting mail in Granada on the Nicaragua forum on August 29, 2014:
AlexCatLady initially posted:
Hello! I'm coming for a week on 9/11, and then later moving for good. I heard that until you get your residency papers, you can't open a post this right? The place I'm staying in (Vista Mombacho) doesn't seem to have an actual address! I guess I'll learn a lot in my 9/11-9/18 stay...just curious how the mail thing works...Thanks for any answers!
majicjack replied on August 29, 2014 with:
We have our mail delivered to our home. It usually takes 7 to 10 days from the states. The advantage of a PO Box is if you have a package coming, without the PO Box it may sit there for a week before you get notification. You will be checking your box more often and wont have this problem. If we are expecting a package we usually check the post office after about ten days because it has to go through postal customs. Postal custom are a little more lax than normal customs. There are a lot of packages that can be sent from the USA through the postal service much cheaper than Fedx, UPS or the other shipping companies. Also, most packages coming from the USA through the shipping companies ends up at the airport and customs and can be a real pain. Your welcome and the best of luck to you.
AlexCatLady replied on August 28, 2014 with:
Thank you Majicjack! You have a way of alleviating my concerns...that helps a lot...I'll get one when I come down in September :) Thanks so much
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majicjack replied to the thread Dogs in Nica on the Nicaragua forum:
keywestgirl initially posted:
I read on another site recently that walking a dog on a leash in Nicaragua required carrying a large stick to to keep stray dogs at bay. How true is this? If you're like me and your dog is a member of the family, how is living there with a dog? I 've been considering Nicaragua for a retirement home, but if living there with my lab is a hassle, well, I guess I need to consider other places. Nothing about living in a 3rd world country has made me think twice about making the move until I read this.
majicjack replied on August 28, 2014 with:
Hell, they let pigs, goats, chickens and ducks. I don't see why the wouldn't let the dog on if you controlled it
elduendegrande replied on August 27, 2014 with:
on a bus you might want to put a muzzle on it, in a taxi just rent the whole taxi. Never seen ``camry`` taxi here. Try a Yari. we`ve had several dogs. one very old one in bad shape wattled out on the road and was hit. don`t know if it was intentional or not. We let him suffer overnight per my wife`s wishes, then I took him to town to be put down by a gross vet that i wouldn`t take my dog to. More humane to have just shot him that night, Another dog we raised from a pup. I had him fixed, counter cultural as that may be and he is doing fine but is not allowed out of the yard without me. another dog got stressed out and excaped from a yard that no other dog had ever excaped from. A few days later we got the word from a guard a couple blocks away who saw her get hit by a truck and through her body in a ditch to get it off the highway. I later went into the ditch to id the body and verify the story. We have one wonderful smart dog we got from our stepdaughter when she got tired of taking care of it. Small but aggressive, she is part of our security package in the yard. We got another attack poodle, I think they are called Yorkshire terriors, from a neighbor who moved to the States. He`s nuts, but we are trying to train himand he now has a bif yard to be nuts in. He`s a good companion for the other dog. We just lost a necia but beutiful 9 month old shepard mix to snake bite, but her brother is still with us. Nothing like a dog bigger than a huelepega jumping on the front gate to let the world where their turf ends and yours begins. If you are bringing a dog, keep it under control. Half the people walking the streets in the countryside are carrying a machete and don`t take kindly to aggressive dogs. In the city they will just pick up a rock and hit it on the heaIf your dog is pure bred or pretty, watch out for theft. Muts that look purebred to somebody who doesn`t know anything fetch $100. There is a thriving industry of backbreeding muts into purebreds. The good news is that vets are cheap if you can find a good one. Ask a foreigner or an upperclass Nica for a referral. If you are a dog person, you need a dog, just keep a good eye on it. A dog, amachete, and a sharp stick will go a long ways towards living in peace.
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majicjack replied to the thread How is the drought effecting day to day life? on the Nicaragua forum on August 28, 2014:
scooter59 initially posted:
Move is set, on our way in 3 weeks....We are beginning to hear about the drought down there. Is it as bad as the press is making it out to be? If so, how are you guys feeling it?
majicjack replied on August 28, 2014 with:
Finally we are getting some very good rains. It has rained the last 4 nights and appears tonight also
iguanalover replied on August 26, 2014 with:
We have had two nice, long rains here today. Water blew in from all sides this morning and it was nice. Mopping the floor up was a joy. Accion 10 news is reporting rain all over the country with flooding in Managua. The street in front of our house is a river.
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elTiroFijo replied to the thread Looking for work in Nicaragua on the Nicaragua forum on August 28, 2014:
elTiroFijo initially posted:
I'm going to be moving back to Nicaragua sometime in Febuary, or March 2015. I'm ex military, did 4yrs at ft bragg, 1 in Iraq. The reason I'm moving back is that as a permanent resident my jobs are very limited in the U.S I really just want a better future for my kids, and with the way things are going in the U.S I figured I would take my chances back in my home country I have experience in framing, masonry, autobody, and retail. Speak Spanish, Portuguese, and English.
elTiroFijo replied on August 28, 2014 with:
Thank you elduendegrande. My aunt actually works for an import/export business. She is one of my connections down there. As far as the construction goes if figured I would do that in case I really needed it.
elduendegrande replied on August 27, 2014 with:
Don`t burn any bridges. After you see the job market here you may be on the next plane north. As others have pointed out, starting a business is often a much better deal than working a job. Construuction workers are a dime a dozen here. If you want to go that route look for something different-- right now ceilings, drop and drywall, are the new thing. electricians who know anything and can do stuff like phone/tv/etc wiring in addition to stringing electric wires are in demand for the 15 or so percent who have the money and want a modern house. I see the big projects like malls and bridges and suspect they have the elite of construction workers. Residential construction is still in the dark ages. i know one returnee who opened a tire shop, but he brought back with him a lot of experience and 40k for equipment. the folks I know on the way up get a government job or start a business, or both. And they get a visa just incase... With your language skills you might try the airport or some of the big import firms in Managua.
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JohnSS replied to the thread Buying Property on the Nicaragua forum on August 27, 2014:
jboats initially posted:
I'm considering ditching the rat race in the States and buying a small BnB type property near San Juan del Sur. It has room for several guests but it isn't on the beach just very close. I'm interested in what people think a fair price for something like this would be. Also any advice on negotiating or warnings on what not to do would be great. You can PM me for details. Cheers!
JohnSS replied on August 27, 2014 with:
If you think you are gonna ditch the rat race & live well on what you can earn in Nicaragua you better be good. Seldom happens. Couple of businesses for sale - Maybe $15K - You will need to have a Facebook account for some links.: Google: Rancho Lora Restaurant - Granada Facebook: 2nd - Google: MiniSuper Alba SJDS Probably nets about $2K/month owner is manager/worker.
calsrf replied on August 26, 2014 with:
Come take a look at the Casa Surfistasnica in Playa Remanso, San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua. I can tell you about building and other costs. Calvin James
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Two Nice furnished houses with cable, high speed internet. The one bedroom also has air conditioning and rents for $400 a month. The two bedroom house is a Nicaraguan style house and rents for $320 a month. Both require a $100 deposit. They are located in a safe area. For more information contact Jerry_Lee_Hoover or call 2552-6840
KeyWestPirate replied to the thread Distilled water on the Nicaragua forum on August 24, 2014:
GlennSchweitzer initially posted:
Hi this is a new post looking here in Nicaragua to see if anyone knows where to buy this water.
KeyWestPirate replied on August 24, 2014 with:
Boiling some of the water in a pan until it's gone will give you a good idea of the disolved mineral content in the water. The water in Condega is hard as a a rock, the water from my spring. The water from my spring on the farm is very soft.
JohnSS replied on August 24, 2014 with:
OT a little: Are you sure you need distilled water? My buddy used 2 different cpap machines and one even had a heated humidifier chamber. He use tap water that was fairly low mineral but a vinegar treatment as part of the normal cleaning took care of that. He claimed some water had amoebas in it that would completely eat your brain out so he boiled up a supply in a big stew pan first. If that is true how does anybody still have a brain? Whatever.
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charlottelady posted SHIPPING STUFF BACK TO USA on the Nicaragua forum on August 20, 2014:
Please, what is the best way to send approx 100lbs of personal used effects back home?? Freight maybe. Prefer not to carry on plane. Thanks.
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