Granada, Nicaragua
Granada, Nicaragua
Granada, Nicaragua

Living in Nicaragua

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Feb 10, 2022

Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees discuss what it is like to live in Nicaragua: Cost of living, Finding a home, Meeting People and more.

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What do I need to know about living in Nicaragua?

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

"I would suggest to come with an idea of how to help the community further itself. Creating a business is an obvious start, but a business that is centered on giving back to the community would be the best way to progress the area. A community farm, a non-profit school, a manufacturing plant, any of these would bring growth and positive investment to this quietly suffering community," remarked another expat who made the move to Playa Miramar.

"This is an incredible area for those wishing to escape the trappings of larger, more touristy cities and towns. For all of it's natural beauty, truly secluded beach and quiet atmosphere, there are always challenges. For example, energy is spotty, telephone service isn't available yet without an antennae, fuel and propane must be purchased 1 hour away in Chinandega...But it is a special and definately "off the beaten path" way of living," explained one expat living in Mechapa, Nicaragua.

"Thinking of moving to Leon ? Know it is a hot city (between 9h30 and 4h00 the sun is burnin ) so air-condition ed room is a must or take refuge in the shades of trees in parks. Small hotel rooms are cheap (8 to 15 dollars a day) but standard is very basic : no hot water, no bathroom tub, ceiling fan but no air conditioning. Service is slow and be prepared to be patient. English is rarely heard except from tourists and North American residents," said another expat in Leon .

"Always live in your chosen location for 6 months to a year before settling down or buying any property. Nicaragua has everything from hot, humid weather to beachfront to cool mountain living. What do you want? Learn the culture and language is part of the culture. English is not widely spoken here outside the expat community. Expect frustrations. This is their country and we are the guests. The rules are different and you are the minority," added another expat who made the move to Granada.

"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," explained one expat living in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua.

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About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000. Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Some of Joshua's more popular articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 8 Best Places to Live in Croatia and the Living in Mexico Guide. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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