Interesting comments from someone who has recently lived in both Costa Rica and Nicaragua. Good basis for comparison!
Living in Costa Rica was an adventure but it wasn’t doing much for my personal development. It was expensive and I got caught up in the party scene. I was spending just as much money or more than I was spending in the US. If you want to live cheaply you can but you can also do that in the US. I lived in Jaco Costa Rica for 6 months then Heredia for 3 months and that was pretty cool. I had been to Nicaragua a couple times for a Visa run and also to visit and I thought it was ok but did not really explore. Costa Ricans always had bad things to say about Nicas so most of my time in CR I had no intension of moving to Nicaragua. I even went to stay in Panama for a while to compare it to Costa Rica and even Panama was considerably cheaper but I did not like the culture.
I will put nica360 on my blogroll, don’t know how I missed them!