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

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What do I need to know before moving to Tola?

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

"Tola is a small town located on the Pacific coast, known for its beautiful beaches and relaxed lifestyle. Before moving to Tola, expats should be aware that Spanish is the official language, so learning some basic Spanish phrases would be beneficial. The cost of living in Tola is relatively low compared to many Western countries, but it's important to budget for unexpected expenses. Healthcare facilities in Tola may not be as advanced as those in larger cities, so expats should consider getting comprehensive health insurance that covers medical evacuation. The climate in Tola is tropical, with a wet and dry season. It's important to prepare for high temperatures and humidity, as well as heavy rainfall during the wet season. Public transportation in Tola is limited, so expats may want to consider buying a car for convenience. However, driving in Nicaragua can be challenging due to poor road conditions and different driving customs. The local cuisine in Tola is based on rice, beans, and corn, with plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. Seafood is also very popular due to the town's coastal location. Expats should also be aware that while Tola is generally safe, petty crime such as pickpocketing and bag snatching can occur. It's advisable to take basic precautions such as not displaying valuable items in public. Internet and mobile phone coverage in Tola can be unreliable, especially in more remote areas. Expats should be prepared for occasional disruptions to these services. Finally, it's important to respect local customs and traditions. Nicaraguans are generally warm and friendly, but they also value their privacy and personal space. It's advisable to take the time to understand and adapt to the local culture," explained one expat living in Tola, 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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