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

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What do I need to know before moving to Rivas?

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

"Rivas is a small city located near the Pacific coast and is known for its warm, tropical climate. Before moving to Rivas, expats should be aware that Spanish is the primary language spoken, so it would be beneficial to learn some basic Spanish phrases. The cost of living in Rivas is relatively low compared to many Western countries, but the average income is also lower. Expats should ensure they have a reliable source of income or savings to support their lifestyle. Healthcare facilities in Rivas are basic, and while there are hospitals and clinics, they may not offer the same standard of care as in more developed countries. Expats should consider getting comprehensive health insurance that covers medical evacuation. Rivas is generally safe, but like any city, it has areas that are best avoided, especially at night. Expats should research and choose their housing carefully, considering factors like safety, proximity to amenities, and community. Public transportation in Rivas is available but may not be as reliable or comfortable as expats might be used to. Many expats choose to buy or rent a car for more convenience. The local cuisine in Rivas is a mix of traditional Nicaraguan food, which includes a lot of rice, beans, and meat. Those with dietary restrictions or preferences might need to cook at home more often. Rivas has a slower pace of life compared to many Western cities. This can be a welcome change for some, but it might take some getting used to for others. The city is located near some of Nicaragua's most beautiful natural attractions, including Lake Nicaragua and Ometepe Island. Outdoor enthusiasts will find plenty of activities to enjoy. Finally, it's important to understand the local customs and etiquette in Rivas. Nicaraguans are generally warm and friendly, but they also value respect and politeness. Learning about the local culture can help expats integrate more smoothly into their new community," remarked one expat living in Rivas, 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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