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newbie79
6/22/2020 09:48 EST

Total newbie here! Planning on moving to Nicaragua in the next couple of months with my family.

I have a few questions that I'm sure seem silly, but I just can't find any information about them online.

The language doesn't worry us because we are fluent in Spanish, and the move/culture shock etc. doesn't really either because we've traveled a lot. We have questions about other, little things!

How hard/expensive is it to order from Amazon? Can you maintain your Amazon Kindle account (my son would really like to continue reading books in English)? Does Netflix work in Nicaragua? Are movies in theatres dubbed? Are there any things that are impossible to find, that expats really, really miss?

Thanks so much in advance!

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6/22/2020 12:41 EST

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KeyWestPirate
6/22/2020 15:40 EST

Amazon Kindle works fine.

Ordering directly from Amazon,, forget it. PriceSmart offers a purchase and shipping service that meets some needs, but it's not Amazon.

First Class / Priority mail is/was running 10 days before the pandemic. I haven't shipped anything since.

You cannot use the Nicaraguan mail service for anything that is easily stolen, like a credit card replacement.

I have a PO Box in Estelí,,, costs $10ish every six months . I use it for paperwork. Correos delivers in Estelí,, to your house,,, or so I'm told.

Netflix is available in NIcaragua,, I have Nicaraguan friends who get it as part of their cable and TV service. I don't know how complete it is, or how it compares to Netflix in the US.

I've never seen a movie in anything but Spanish,, but I don't go often to the movies.

You can find anything you want with a little looking. La Colonia, Union, PriceSmart, cater to rich Nicas and Expats. PriceSmart has many Costco/Kirkland branded products.

Sinsa has some tie to ACE hardware, so they import a lot of stuff from the US. From time to time, an item will be cheaper in Sinsa than in the US (but not usually).

Nicaragua's biggest claim to cheap is rent, house purchase, land purchase. I rent a good sized house in Estelí close to the center on a shady street for $150 plus another $50 for water and power.

You will live in NicaLand for half or less than you will live in Costa Rica. If you want a car,, the initial purchase will be more,, but insurance, registration, repair work, is a fraction of what you pay in the US.

elduendegrande
6/23/2020 08:21 EST

No mail service from US for past several months due to lack of airline service.
When mail service existed it was flakey but I had no problem with credit cards--they cannot be used until you validate them so are not worth stealing.

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