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

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What do I need to know before moving to San Carlos?

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

"San Carlos is a small town located at the southern end of Lake Nicaragua, known for its natural beauty and friendly locals. Spanish is the official language of Nicaragua, so learning some basic Spanish phrases would be beneficial before moving to San Carlos. However, English is also widely spoken in tourist areas. The cost of living in San Carlos is relatively low compared to many Western countries. This includes housing, food, and transportation. However, the average income is also lower, so it's important to have a reliable source of income or savings. The climate in San Carlos is tropical, with a wet and dry season. It can get very hot and humid, especially during the wet season from May to November. Nicaraguan cuisine is a blend of indigenous and Spanish influences, with staples including corn, beans, and rice. San Carlos has a variety of local restaurants and markets where you can try traditional dishes. Healthcare in San Carlos is not as advanced as in larger cities or Western countries. While there are local clinics and hospitals, serious medical conditions may require travel to a larger city or even out of the country. Public transportation in San Carlos is limited, and many locals rely on bicycles or motorcycles. Taxis are also available, but they can be more expensive. San Carlos is a safe town with a low crime rate. However, like anywhere, it's important to take basic safety precautions, especially at night. The town is surrounded by natural beauty, including the San Juan River and Solentiname Islands. There are plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities like fishing, boating, and hiking. Internet and cell phone service in San Carlos can be unreliable, especially in more remote areas. It's a good idea to have a backup plan for communication. Finally, it's important to respect local customs and traditions. Nicaraguans are generally warm and welcoming, but it's important to be respectful of their culture and way of life," said one expat who made the move to San Carlos.

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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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