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Moving to Nicaragua

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Jan 05, 2024

Summary: Expats and digital nomads move to Nicaragua for its low cost of living, warm climate, and friendly people. Nicaragua is also known for its beautiful beaches, lush jungles, and volcanoes. People can find a place to live in Nicaragua by searching online for rental properties, or by asking around in the local expat community. The most popular cities for expats and digital nomads in Nicaragua are Granada, San Juan del Sur, and Managua.

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What do I need to know before moving to Nicaragua?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Nicaragua, they said:

"Before moving to Nicaragua, it is important to get up-to-date travel vaccinations and risk information from a doctor or travel provider. Additionally, expats should be familiar with the language and cultural challenges they may confront. It is advisable to research the local area to get a sense of the general cost of living and rental costs for accommodations. Expats should also consider their personal safety and security, ensuring they are aware of the local crime and natural disaster risks. Bank accounts from abroad may not be transferable to Nicaragua, so expats should look into local banking options, as well as international money transfer services. Finally, expats should greatly consider the political climate, as Nicaragua is a politically unstable country," replied a member in Nicaragua.

"Spend as much time prior to moving as possible in different months of the year to experience the seasonal changes. Also, try to stay as near as your choice property if not in/on it to experience everything that will be around you. Roosters crowing, dogs barking, pigs grunting, early street cleaners or whatever can make a real difference, good and bad," commented one expat who made the move to San Juan del Sur.

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About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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