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

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What do I need to know before moving to Popoyo?

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

"Popoyo is a small coastal town known for its surfing, so it's important to be prepared for a laid-back, beach lifestyle. The official language is Spanish, so learning the language or at least basic phrases will be beneficial. The cost of living is relatively low compared to many Western countries, but it's important to budget for unexpected expenses. Healthcare facilities are limited in Popoyo, so expats may need to travel to larger cities for certain medical needs. It's recommended to have comprehensive health insurance that covers medical evacuation. The local cuisine is a mix of traditional Nicaraguan food and international dishes, with a focus on fresh seafood. Tap water is not safe to drink in Nicaragua, so expats should always drink bottled or purified water. The climate is tropical, with a wet and dry season. It can get very hot, so it's important to stay hydrated and protect yourself from the sun. Safety can be a concern in certain parts of Nicaragua, but Popoyo is generally considered safe. However, it's always important to take standard precautions, such as not displaying wealth and avoiding isolated areas at night. The infrastructure in Popoyo is not as developed as in larger cities, so be prepared for occasional power outages and limited internet connectivity. Public transportation is limited, so having a car can be beneficial, but be aware that driving conditions can be challenging due to poorly maintained roads. Nicaragua has a different culture and way of life, so it's important to be respectful and try to integrate into the local community. Nicaraguans are generally friendly and welcoming to foreigners. Finally, it's important to understand the visa and residency requirements before moving to Nicaragua. It's recommended to consult with a legal expert or the Nicaraguan embassy in your home country to ensure you have the correct documentation," remarked one expat who made the move to Popoyo.

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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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