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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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waltermboyles
6/22/2020 12:41 EST

Good morning, I do not do private messaging well; e-mail me at & I will send you my WELCOME WAGON. H2O 212F

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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.

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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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newbie79
6/23/2020 09:11 EST

Thanks so much for the awesome summary, KeyWestPirate!!

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shermanwc
6/23/2020 12:17 EST

If you set up a VPN internet connection and have a streaming device (such as Roku or Firestick), you can subscribe to US based services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime - so you get English language movies and programs.

We have a mailing address at our daughter's house in the USA and visit there once or twice a year (except during Covid). We buy lots of items from Amazon before we go, and bring a large suitcase so we can bring items home after our visit.

I believe that some theaters have different showings for Spanish and English versions - or show movies in English and use Spanish subtitles. But movie selection is more limited.

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newbie79
6/29/2020 11:21 EST

Thanks for the advice, everyone!!

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dollyd
7/9/2020 09:51 EST

I get net flux just fine on my smart tv. Mostly in English

I have a shipper in Miami that I send all my on line buys to and they ship it directly to Managua by plane or boat. Better then the mail. There are many shippers like this. When you settle in ask the expats there. I’m sure they’ll know of one appropriate to your area.

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dollyd
7/9/2020 09:51 EST

I get net flux just fine on my smart tv. Mostly in English

I have a shipper in Miami that I send all my on line buys to and they ship it directly to Managua by plane or boat. Better then the mail. There are many shippers like this. When you settle in ask the expats there. I’m sure they’ll know of one appropriate to your area.

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waltermboyles
7/9/2020 11:22 EST

And a few answers.....Weeks ago someone asked about postal service in NI now......Today we received an envelope postmarked June 13 in USA zip 07006, dated in CORREOS DE NI on June 26, NO DATE RECEIVED IN JINOTEPE, delivered in Jinotepe July 09, Postage $1.20......So the NI post offices are functioning......If anybody still wants my WELCOME WAGON, e-mail me at H2O 212F

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