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An Expat Talks about Living in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

What is the name of the city or town that you are reporting on?

San Juan del Sur

How long have you lived there?

1 year

What activities, clubs and organizations would you recommend to newcomers to help them meet others?

There are currently no clubs available although this is a small town and it won't take you long to meet all the expats and locals too. There are several restaurants that are frequented by the expats and word spreads REAL fast.

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In terms of religious, racial, economic and cultural diversity, are the people of this city or town diverse? Are they accepting of differences? Describe.

The majority of the local citizens are Catholic, the remainder mostly Protestant. They are very accepting of all religions.

What are the main industries in this city? What types of career opportunities commonly exist? How do most people find new jobs?

There are no industries here except commercial fishing by the locals. There are numerous opportunities for the entrepenuer in small businesses in the tourist industry and service industry but jobs are not easy to find.

In general, what are peoples' priorities in this city? For example, do lives revolve around work, family, socializing, sports, etc.?

The expat community is largely made up of retirees. There are some who are in small businesses but for the most part everyone enjoys the sea, fishing, boating, walking, jogging, biking and trips to nearby cities to explore the volcanoes, lakes and great food.

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If a friend of yours was thinking of moving to this city or town from far away, what other advice would you give them.

Again, spend as much time prior to moving as possible. Patience, that is the key word for Nicaragua. Be prepared for late appointments or on the other side of the coin, the appointee will show up way ahead of the scheduled time. As soon as you learn to go with the flow, relax, no stress, you will adjust much easier. Remember, we will always be a guest in the host country, and smile.

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