Retired in Nicaragua, and Loving It | Wall Street Journal

Retired in Nicaragua, and Loving It

Affordable health care was just the beginning for expats from Tennessee


Oct. 27, 2013 4:39 p.m. ET

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Each new day in this nearly 500-year-old city is greeted with a symphony of crowing roosters, the clippity-clop of horse-drawn carriages, and barking dogs. My wife and I moved here, to Granada, Nicaragua, three years ago after living in Costa Rica for two years.

The Wall Street Journal has a good article on the decision of a couple from Tennessee to retire in Granada. They mention some realistic budget numbers, which I think is good since some of the other more rosy outlooks on living here say you can live well for under a $1,000 and I don’t think that is so unless you live out in the countryside and really live a fairly frugal existence.

It is also interesting that they mention how close they are in Granada to the Hospital Metropolitano Vivian Pellas “about 45 minutes away on the outskirts of Managua.” We are about eight minutes away from there, and I have new neighbors who in large part, chose to live in my neighborhood specifically to be close to the hospital, the best in the country, regionally accredited, etc.

For those interested in medical issues in Nicaragua, such as Medical Tourism, Medical Insurance and quality of care, see my blog posts.

The other interested part about this article that is worth mentioning is how they deal with the heat of Granada. As I have mentioned in earlier posts, here at the farm stay we have a unique micro-climate that is quite a bit cooler then the cities of Granada, Leon, or Managua.

The authors also mention how in Nicaragua one should not expect to have appointments where the people you are meeting are punctual. This is certainly a factor in living here, but it is relatively minor once you become accustomed to it. Some individuals here are quite punctual and make a point of that as part of their character. Others? Well not so much…

Finally, the author, Mr. Lynch, says how they haven’t been back to the States and have no current plans on returning, but,

We have had several stateside friends visit, and have received promises from several others. As we tell them all: “Come on down. The beer’s cold, and the door’s always open.”

I couldn’t say it better myself!

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