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El Transito, 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 Transito, 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 Transito?

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

"El Transito is a small, rural fishing village in Nicaragua, known for its beautiful beaches and relaxed lifestyle. Before moving there, expats should be aware that the local language is Spanish, so it would be beneficial to learn the language or at least basic phrases. The cost of living in El Transito is relatively low compared to many Western countries, but the availability of certain goods and services may be limited. The local economy is primarily based on fishing and agriculture, so fresh seafood and produce are readily available, but imported goods can be more expensive and harder to find. Healthcare facilities in El Transito are basic, so for serious medical conditions, you may need to travel to the capital, Managua. It's recommended to have comprehensive health insurance that covers medical evacuation. The pace of life in El Transito is slower than in a city, and the community is tight-knit. Expats moving there should be prepared to adapt to a different rhythm of life and to make an effort to integrate into the local community. Public transportation is limited in El Transito, so having a personal vehicle can be beneficial. However, the road conditions can be poor, especially in the rainy season. The climate in El Transito is tropical, with a dry season from November to April and a rainy season from May to October. It's important to be prepared for high temperatures and humidity, as well as potential tropical storms during the rainy season. While Nicaragua is generally safe, petty crime can be an issue. Expats should take basic precautions such as not displaying wealth openly and securing their homes. Finally, it's important to understand the local customs and culture. Nicaraguans are generally warm and welcoming, but it's important to respect their traditions and way of life," wrote one member in El Transito.

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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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