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

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What do I need to know before moving to El Rama?

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

"El Rama is a small city located in the South Caribbean Coast Autonomous Region of Nicaragua, known for its lush greenery and tranquil lifestyle. Before moving to El Rama, expats should be aware that Spanish is the primary language spoken, so it would be beneficial to learn or have a basic understanding of Spanish. The cost of living in El Rama is relatively low compared to many Western countries, but the wages are also significantly lower. Expats should be prepared for a slower pace of life, as the city is not as bustling or fast-paced as larger cities. The healthcare system in El Rama, like much of Nicaragua, is not as advanced as in Western countries. While basic medical care is available, serious or complex medical issues may require travel to a larger city or even out of the country. El Rama has a tropical rainforest climate, with heavy rainfall throughout the year and high humidity. Expats should be prepared for this type of weather and pack accordingly. Public transportation in El Rama is limited, and many locals rely on bicycles or walking to get around. Expats may want to consider purchasing a car for more convenience. The city is generally safe, but like anywhere, crime does exist. Expats should take standard precautions to protect themselves and their property. Nicaraguan cuisine is a staple in El Rama, with local dishes featuring rice, beans, corn, and a variety of meats. Expats should be open to trying new foods and embracing the local culture. Finally, it's important to note that while El Rama offers a peaceful lifestyle, it may not offer the same level of amenities, entertainment, or shopping options as larger cities. Expats should be prepared for a simpler, quieter way of life," said one expat in El Rama.

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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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