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Corn Islands, 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 Corn Islands, Nicaragua: Cost of living, Finding a home, Meeting People and more.

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What do I need to know before moving to Corn Islands?

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

"Expats moving to Corn Islands should be aware that the official language is Spanish, but English Creole is also widely spoken due to the islands' British colonial history. The cost of living is relatively low compared to many Western countries, but it's important to budget for unexpected expenses. The islands have a tropical climate, with a rainy season from May to November and a dry season from December to April. Healthcare facilities on the islands are basic, so it's recommended to have comprehensive health insurance that includes medical evacuation. The islands are generally safe, but petty crime can occur, so it's important to take standard precautions to protect your belongings. The Corn Islands are not as developed as other parts of Nicaragua, so expats should be prepared for a slower pace of life and fewer amenities. Internet service can be unreliable, and power outages are not uncommon. The islands are known for their beautiful beaches and clear waters, offering plenty of opportunities for snorkeling, diving, and fishing. The local cuisine is heavily influenced by Caribbean flavors, with seafood being a staple. Public transportation on the islands is limited, so many residents choose to walk or bike. For longer distances, taxis and horse-drawn carts are commonly used. Expats should also be aware that the Nicaraguan government requires foreigners to have a valid passport and a tourist card, which can be obtained upon arrival in the country. It's also important to note that the Nicaraguan Cordoba is the official currency, but US dollars are widely accepted. Lastly, it's recommended to learn about the local customs and traditions to integrate into the community and avoid any cultural misunderstandings," explained one expat living in Corn Islands, Nicaragua.

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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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