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Ometepe Island, Nicaragua

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Jul 10, 2023

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

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What do I need to know before moving to Ometepe Island?

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

"Ometepe Island, located in Lake Nicaragua, is a unique and beautiful destination that has attracted many expats over the years. Before moving to Ometepe Island, there are several things you should know. Firstly, the island is quite remote and rural, so be prepared for a slower pace of life. The island is home to two volcanoes, and much of the land is undeveloped. This means that amenities and services you may be used to, such as high-speed internet or a wide variety of shopping options, may not be readily available. The official language of Nicaragua is Spanish, so it would be beneficial to learn the language or at least some basic phrases before moving. The local people are generally friendly and welcoming, but communication may be difficult if you do not speak Spanish. The cost of living on Ometepe Island is relatively low compared to many Western countries. However, it's important to note that wages are also significantly lower, so if you plan on finding work on the island, be prepared for a lower income. Healthcare facilities on the island are basic, so for serious medical conditions, you may need to travel to the mainland. It's recommended to have comprehensive health insurance that covers medical evacuation. The island is generally safe, but like anywhere, it's important to take precautions. Be aware of your surroundings, especially at night, and keep your belongings secure. The climate on Ometepe Island is tropical, with a wet and dry season. It can get very hot and humid, especially during the wet season, so be prepared for this type of weather. Finally, it's important to respect the local culture and customs. Nicaraguans are generally conservative and religious, so it's important to dress modestly and behave respectfully," commented one expat who made the move to Ometepe Island.

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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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