Dogu: Trump will focus on security, prosperity and democracy in Nicaragua • El Nuevo Diario

US Ambassador to Nicaragua Laura Dogu said today that with the arrival of Donald Trump to the White House, some cooperation programs could be changed, although they will focus on three areas: security, prosperity and democracy.

“We will continue to focus on security, prosperity and democracy here. These are very fundamental things. Our programs may change under a new president, but I think we will continue to focus on the same three themes, “Dogu said today during her participation in the 2017 Nica Tech Summit in Managua.

Trump became the new president of the United States yesterday. By clicking here you can read about what he said in his first official speech.


On the other hand, the diplomat described as “important” that the Nicaraguan government work in conjunction with the Organization of American States (OAS), in improving the democratic system, regarding an agreement released yesterday.

“It is important for Nicaragua, the government and the OAS to work together to open more democratic spaces here in Nicaragua,” Dogu said.

She added that her country is “focused” on democratic, open, fair and transparent systems.

“The most important thing is that this system is accepted by the citizens of this country,” she said.

Nicaragua and the OAS yesterday announced an agreement in which they pledge to debug the electoral roll , improve the standard regarding transfusion and follow up on municipal elections next November.

“I am sure that the US government will continue to focus on democracy and the importance of this in the world,” concluded Dogu.

The United States is the country where Nicaraguans migrate the most and, therefore, where more remittances are sent to Nicaragua.

Source: Dogu: Trump se enfocará en Nicaragua en seguridad, prosperidad y democracia • El Nuevo Diario

While I rarely get into the Nicaraguan national politics, I think it should be okay to talk about how the new president, Donald J. Trump might make some changes to the current position of the US government towards the Nicaraguan government. From the sounds of this article, not too much changes should be expected. I suppose Ambassador Dogu wouldn’t really have much in the way of any details and perhaps they just get a sort of general message from the State department to sort of cover any inquiry they might get at this stage.

But in looking for an image of “Trump Nicaragua” on Google, I found this article that is an obvious parody of Trump coming down to Nicaragua to buy the country, move all the current inhabitants to Corn Island and do something with the country…here it is in the original Spanish if interested.

Billonario Donald Trump viajaria a Nicaragua para negociar la compra del pais

Best Places To Retire In U.S. And Abroad –

A Search for Best Places

Bonnie Hayman, an International Living correspondent who lives in the coastal town of San Juan del Sur, found a two-bedroom, two-bathroom home with an ocean view for $132,000. “I would never have been able to live in an ocean-view home in the States,” she said in International Living’s report. “I pay real estate taxes of just $151 a year.”

Debbie Goehring and her husband, who spend $1,089 a month to live on Ometepe Island, joined the Vivian Pellas Metropolitan Hospital health discount program in Managua, Nicaragua’s capital. “Built to U.S. standards, this hospital provides excellent services to expats at about a quarter of what it would cost in the U.S.,” she said.

Source: Best New Places To Retire In U.S. And Abroad –

Isn’t it about finding your best places to retire?

Hey reader(s) and robots! Here is another article about how Nicaragua should be on the list when considering low-cost with quality-living places retirement spots overseas.

There’s also a bit on low-cost cities in the US to live, which is good, I mean there are places in the the US that are perfectly appropriate places but maybe just don’t have the romance of moving abroad to some? I’m asking here folks, let me know what you think.

They went to a couple of the “go-to” expats here for the money quotes, in this case literally, and more power to ’em! If you click through to read, what stood out most is Peru, that a single person could live there for $500-$600 per month in a nice pleasant situation.

Could you live like this? (Ko Pha Ngan)

Could you live like this? (Ko Pha Ngan)

Here’s my comment I put on the story’s website:


Well Scott you do have a point there, don’t you? Peru looks pretty good here too, I wonder if it’s so? As usual readers are urged to do your own research and spend lots of time on the ground before making any major decisions, including buying property overseas.
But really this is a very standard “retire cheap in Latin America (with one SE Asian country thrown in) that relies heavily on outfits that promote the “sizzle” like IL steer you towards Gringo Accumulation Zones (GAZs). As mentioned about Nicaragua, San Juan del Sur, Granada and now also, Ometepe Island. Those are all lovely places but there is a lot more to the country (and the people!) than that!
The sometimes (or oftentimes) challenging aspect of actually living here is sort of another story not told by most of these sorts of articles, however informative they may be as one small aspect of living abroad, which is cost and quality of living.
If readers decide to visit Nicaragua, get in touch for our “soft landing” service.

Cheers, Mike @ El Porton Verde, Managua

Tips for Finding a Short-Term Rental in Nicaragua

Finding a good Rental in Nicaragua: How to rent a house or apartment in Nicaragua without paying the “Gringo” price

Are you thinking of coming down to Nicaragua for a few months? Is a house or apartment Rental in Nicaragua in your future? This article will help you make sense of how rentals work in Nicaragua and give you some tips on what you can do prior to coming down in person and what you can do when you finally arrive in-country. The goal is to ensure that you are paying the going rate, not an overly-inflated “gringo price.”

If you look like something like the Cobb family below and start asking about real estate prices, you won’t get the best prices. (Of course, Mike Cobb runs the Gran Pacifica resort and residential development so he and his lovely family don’t have this as a challenge!)

Cobb Family Enjoying Nicargua. Copyright

Cobb Family Enjoying Nicargua. Copyright

Would you like to rent a place for the majority of the time you’ll be staying in Nicaragua instead of moving around from town to town? That’s a great idea as you’ll really get to know the area and will be able to get a better feel for living in Nicaragua as opposed to just visiting as a tourist. This is also an excellent step to take if you are seriously considering relocation here.

As you might imagine, visiting a place on vacation is different than living here. Even if it’s just for a winter or a summer, renting a place for say three months will give you lots of insight as to what it’s really like to live here. There’s not doubt that this step will give you plenty of opportunity to have the sorts of experiences that separate the wannabees from the folks with true expatriate abilities and suitability. Not everyone is cut out for expat life!

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Expat central, La Calzada, Granada at night

If you are back home scouring the Internet, you’re not likely to see too many bargains, and some of the listings probably don’t even show photos, so it might be a bit difficult to judge whether or not a place looks suitable for your needs. Sure you can look at for some decent listings, but even so, very few rentals in Nicaragua are listed on the Internet. The standard advice is to come down to Nicaragua and, if you have an idea already as to where you would like to live, go there.

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This could be yours for $1,200 a week! Think you can do better? Let’s hope so…

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Sometimes advertisements don’t have any photos!

If you’ve never been to Nicaragua and don’t have any specific place in mind that you would like to live, then you have some basic homework to do, which mostly consists doing your research. (Check out this article by Darrell Bushnell for help on Where to Live in Nicaragua?) If you haven’t already, consider going around the country and seeing the main towns and villages. You need to find out if you really are a beach person, city person, country person, etc. and only by moving around frequently can you figure that part out.

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Lots of options, especially if you speak Spanish and want to integrate with Nicaraguan culture and peoples.

For purposes of this article, let’s assume you have decided on a place you like. Once you are in your location, take a room at a cheap hostel or rent a room in a private house for a week or so. For your short-term housing, in addition to the usual sources of information like TripAdvisor for reviews of your lodging options, you might also look at which offers excellent social content in the form of reviews from past guests. You might also try the Nicaragua craigslist.

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You can at least get an idea as to the prices you see on the Internet for places in Nicaragua on the local Craigslist website.

Now that you have your place for the week, here is some advice and tips to help you find a couple of possibly good places for you to rent:

  • Hit the streets!
    Walk the streets of the town, or hire a driver if you are looking for somewhere out in the country or outside of the town or village and look around.
  • Bring a person to translate for you if your Spanish is not up to snuff.

Tip: Don’t just talk to other foreign expats. Get out and talk to Nicaraguans. If you find this step to be uncomfortable, then you may not be ready for expat life. Word.

  • If you find a neighborhood you like, walk the streets. If you see someone sweeping the sidewalk or coming in/out of the front of their house, stop and ask them if they know of a anyplace for rent in the area.
  • Talk to your host or landlord of your short term lodging. Tell them what you’re looking for, they might be of some help. But if they are fellow expats, just be aware that they may only know of places for rent that are owned by other expats, so you might be paying “gringo prices.” Also, they may want you to rent one of their properties, even if it isn’t suitable for you.
    However, since your host or landlord obviously already lives in the area, and if you like the general vicinity, he or she may be uniquely situated to be well-informed as to what is available in the neighborhood.
  • Don’t talk to a realtor, real estate agent, or property management company unless paying the gringo price is what you want. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen prices doubled and sometimes tripled when you go this route.
    Realtors and agents, this is just my opinion and everybody needs to make a living, so feel free to chime in here to let us know why your services are so valued. Comments are welcome!

Now that you have a couple-three places identified, here are some more tips:

  • Walk the area at different times of day and different days of the week. You might find the place quiet on a Sunday afternoon but Friday night might be a whole different story!
  • Hire a Nicaraguan to go and scope out the rental(s) for you.

Note: You may also have to hire a translator for this part if your Spanish isn’t up to snuff. If they are one and the same, all the better! We’ll call this person your helper.

  • Show your helper the places in which you are interested. Let him or her know where the places are located that you want to look into, (maybe do a drive-by first to familiarize your guy/gal with the area) and ask them to go to the locations later, preferably on foot, and make phone calls and knock on doors.
  • Helper goes alone and asks questions. When your helper gets ahold of the owners/landlords, have them ask about the availability, the price, terms, and what the neighbors are like.
  • Helper reports back their findings. Schedule a meeting later that day or the next day so that your helper can tell you what they found. Take notes!

These steps can be very helpful in that you will find out what the “real” rental price is, and a local will be better equipped to find out the real deal with both the specific location and the larger neighborhood.

For example, it’s good to find out ahead of time:

  • If there is an evangelical church nearby, there will be lots of loud singing and music several evenings a week in addition to Sundays.

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    A village evangelical church near Merida on Isla de Ometepe, Nicaragua. 
    ©, 2009

  • If there is a “cantina” “taverna” or bar in the area, there will be music at night, especially on weekends, and probably drunks staggering about and possibly peeing in your front yard.

    Rental in Nicaragua

    Bars get full and rowdy, especially during big football (soccer) matches.

Once you get this “inside scoop” information, you’ll be in a much better place to make an informed decision. Good luck finding the perfect Rental in Nicaragua for you and your family! Please add any of your tips or comments below.

10 destinations that are more popular with travelers to Nicaragua than ever, according to my opinion :)

From white-sand beaches on Caribbean islands to bustling cities on the Pacific side of Nicaragua, here are the up-and-coming destinations travelers are putting on their radar for New Year’s Eve.

Where are travelers to Nicaragua going to ring in the New Year?

10. JIQUILILLO, CHINANDEGA – Northwest of Chinandega, in the most northerly village on the Pacific coast of Nicaragua, visitors will find a delightful community of fisherman, expats, and travelers that are incredibly friendly and giving (with wonderful volunteer projects you can join in on). With glistening beaches, surfing and diverse mangrove forest ecosystems, there’s plenty for travelers to explore.

Click here to learn more about Jiquilillo –>
Click here to check out Airbnb listings –>

9. SAN JUAN DEL SUR, RIVAS — The beach resort of San Juan del Sur is located near Rivas and Ometepe Island and is known for its stunning beaches that are ideal for surfers of all types. With a variety of bars and clubs that line its beaches, party lovers will enjoy the atmosphere here.

Click here to learn more about San Juan del Sur –>
Click here to check out Airbnb listings –>

Bay of San Juan del Sur. LA PRENSA/ARCHIVO

Bay of San Juan del Sur. LA PRENSA/ARCHIVO

8. SELVA NEGRA, CHINANDEGA — Chinandega’s Selva Negra (or Black Forest) is a mountainous area in north central Nicaragua near Matagalpa that is filled with dense forests, coffee plantaions and picturesque towns and villages. Named by German immigrants, Selva Negra is an environmentally sound and sustainable coffee farm with delightful cabins set in the woods with an amazing virgin mountain where one can hike and see amazing birds, monkeys and other forest animals.

Click here to learn more about Selva Negra –>
Click here to check out Airbnb listings –>

Serenity of Nicaragua (

Serenity of Nicaragua (

7. EMERALD COAST, TOLA, RIVAS — Nicaragua’s Emerald Coast (Costa Esmeralda) has miles and miles of sandy beaches, cliffs, and wild coasts. Visitors will feel like they’re in a seaside paradise as they explore new surf spots and the quaint towns along the way. Places like Playa Gigante, Iguana and Rancho Santana are rapidly becoming “don’t miss” spots along the Nicaraguan coastline.

Click here to learn more about Emerald Coast –>
Click here to check out Airbnb listings –>

Costa Esmeralda Airport

Costa Esmeralda Airport

6. GRANADA, GRANADA — Granada is a destination in Nicaragua that is popular for the New Year. The colonial town is filled with churches and classic Colonial sites, with brightly colored homes throughout its streets. As the number one visited town in Nicaragua, you are sure to encounter lots of other folks looking to have a good time. The Calzada should be a real street party!

Click here to learn more about Granada –>
Click here to check out Airbnb listings –>

Granada is built around a bustling town square anchored by a neoclassical cathedral.

Granada is built around a bustling town square anchored by a neoclassical cathedral.

5. LEON, LEON — Voted the best city in Nicaragua two years in a row by, Leon is home to an incredible cathedral, charming markets, world-class museums, and plenty of history to boot. Besides its gorgeous scenery being nearly surrounded by smoking volcanos, yet near to beautiful beaches, Leon also has a booming university and food scene, where you can sample everything from traditional Nicaraguan cuisine to French, Italian, and Chinese restaurants, all with a Nicaraguan twist.

Click here to learn more about Leon –>
Click here to check out Airbnb listings –>

Catédral de la Ascunción de María (Mary's Assumption Cathedral)

Catédral de la Ascunción de María (Mary’s Assumption Cathedral)

4. MUKUL RESORT, TOLA, RIVAS – Mukul has been a favorite travel destination for celebrities like Morgan Freeman, Michael Douglas and Katherine Zeta Jones. Situated in a natural bay within the private develoment Guacalito de la Isla, Mukul’s stunning setting of soaring cliffs and coves makes it an ideal place to enjoy water sports, play golf, or embark on a relaxing day at the spa.

Click here to learn more about Mukul Resort –>
Click here to check out Airbnb listings –>

The spectacular Mukul Resort in Nicaragua (photo by Ryan Forbes)

The spectacular Mukul Resort in Nicaragua (photo by Ryan Forbes)

3. MANAGUA, MANAGUA – Yes Nicaragua’s capital city gets a bad rap, but it is a much-improved destination. As far as holiday celebrations and decorations go, nothing beats the scene on Avenida Bolivar, the main street of downtown Managua. It is lined with Nativity scenes, lights, vendors selling snacks, and lots of people watching. The midnight fireworks will convince you that the next revolution has begun!

Click here to learn more about Managua –>
Click here to check out Airbnb listings –>

sustainable tourism Managua Nicaragua

Managua, Nicaragua

2. OMETEPE ISLAND, RIVAS – Ometepe is a true adventure paradise and is just becoming known to travelers. With its hidden petroglyphs, deserted beaches and eco-lodges, this is a place where the visitor can kayak, hike and swim, all located in the shadow of two volcanos.

Click here to learn more about Ometepe Island–>
Click here to check out Airbnb listings –>

Reuters \ Oswaldo Rivas

Reuters \ Oswaldo Rivas

1. CORN ISLAND, RAAS – Both Little and Big Corn Islands are hard to beat during the end of year holidays. Not so much for any particular traditions but because these islands are a little paradise! Try the Yemaya Resort for an upscale experience.

Click here to learn more about Corn Island –>
Click here to check out Airbnb listings –>

Sunset on the beautiful Corn Islands

Sunset on the beautiful Corn Islands

Video interpreting firm hiring in Costa Rica The Tico Times

Stratus Video expects to hire 250 video interpreters in Costa Rica in the next two years to help doctors in the U.S. communicate with non-English speaking patients. (Via Stratus Video)
Stratus Video expects to hire 250 video interpreters in Costa Rica in the next two years to help doctors in the U.S. communicate with non-English speaking patients. (Via Stratus Video)

Wanted: video interpreters in Costa Rica


U.S. company Stratus Video is hiring Spanish-English interpreters in Costa Rica for its real-time video interpreting service for doctors and patients in the U.S.

On Wednesday, the Foreign Trade Ministry confirmed that the company will begin operations in January with an initial staff of 120 interpreters who will work from home. Stratus plans to expand its staff to 250 workers by 2017.

The Costa Rica operation will help English-speaking doctors communicate with non-English speaking patients through a video chat system that can be loaded on to any computer, laptop, tablet, or smartphone. Interpreters will all telecommute, therefore jobs are open to people all over the country.

Stratus recruiters are seeking Spanish–English bilingual staff, preferably with interpretation experience and with a broad command of medical vocabulary in both languages. Applicants must have a private and quiet workspace at home as well as a computer with Internet access and a webcam.

Source: Video interpreting firm hiring in Costa RicaThe Tico Times

There is a need for real-time translation and interpreting services between doctors who speak English and “low-English” patients; there is a technology app/platform for this, and while the conversations may take place primarily in the United States, there is no reason why this type of work might as well be done in Costa Rica. It presumably could take place in a country like Nicaragua too.

Most if not all of the above, I did not know. Now I do. You do too!

The only medical jobs in Nicaragua that have to do with translation services that I know of would be Arlen Perez and her crack Medical Tourism team at the Hospital Metropolitano Vivian Pellas. This regionally-accredited hospital is located just five minutes away from the Farmstay and on ocassion we receive visitors who are recuperating from a surgery or have something going on with the hospital that require regular visits.Hospital Metropolitano

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Nicaragua: It Just Feels Like Home

Living in Nicaragua is different than the USA

Street in Granada, Nicaragua Author Adalberto.H.Vega

Street in Granada, Nicaragua Author Adalberto.H.Vega

By Suzanne Maxey — My son advised me that Granada, Nicaragua was nothing like the United States. And I thought that I completely understood – that is, until I had lived here for a few months.

It’s a lot like living in the good old days

If you are old enough, think back to the USA in the 50’s and early 60’s.  Then slow the pace down.  Horse drawn carts compete for space on the streets with all the taxis. A small herd of cows and the bull pass by my casa every morning and evening on their way to graze. Ladies older than I am walk the barrio with huge baskets of fruit, vegetables, bread, you name it, balanced on their heads, selling their wares, the bread still hot from the oven. Men walk by all day selling anything you can think of from their carts. Ceiling fans, sewing machines, pots and pans, window glass, you name it.

Living with minor inconveniences

At least once a week either the water or the power or both go out. Usually it is back on by 5 p.m., but now and then it is a 24 hour marathon of no water or no electricity. Not so much fun when it is 95 degrees outside and there is no breeze. Hardly anyone in Nicaragua has air conditioning but a fan usually keeps us cool enough…until the power goes out. Then we spend a fair amount of time standing under the shower.
Hardly anyone here has hot water, either.  But honestly, we don’t need it. The showers are lukewarm to slightly cool, and they sure do feel good.  If you insist on hot water for the dishes, just fill up a bowl with tap water and put it in the microwave. Works fine.

No deprivation required

Most anything you can get in the U.S., you can get here. Can’t say regarding Canadian foods or goods. The grocery stores here carry the more expensive U.S. brands of food as well as Latin American brands. The LA brands of food are just as good, and a lot cheaper. Once in a while I splurge and buy a can of Spam or jar of Jif, but stick with local brands for the most part. In the mercado, any and everything can be found. Be careful in the mercado though; pickpockets love the gringos.

A comfortable life

It’s a slower pace but it is a comfortable pace. I don’t miss the congested interstates or the crowded, overpriced convenience store on every corner. Here, there are pulperias on every block, small convenience stores being operated out of someone’s living room. You can get eggs, chips, milk, soft drinks and homemade frescos, even detergent just a few doors down from your casa. In the evening, ladies set up tables outside their homes with home cooked meals, ready to buy for your supper. Delicious!
Granada, Nicaragua feels like a soft, well worn old shirt and pair of jeans. If I want to go to the mall or a movie then Managua is close by, but the slow, easygoing pace of Granada fits me like a glove. It can be frustrating when the power goes out and then the water cuts off for a few hours, but in the evening when everyone comes outside to walk and visit and gossip, Nicaragua feels like home.
Suzanne Maxey lives not too far from her son (and grandkids) in Granada. Her son, Casey, wrote the NCX Guide to Residency in Nicaragua, a must-have for anyone considering moving down to this beautiful country. 

Let’s Get Real about Working in Nicaragua | Rewired and Retired in Nicaragua

Let’s Get Real about Working in Nicaragua


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Since my post, Lets Get Real about Retiring to Nicaragua, was a big hit, I am going to have a monthly post on Let’s Get Real about…

This month’s post is Let’s Get Real about Working in Nicaragua. It all started with a post on a Facebook forum for expats in Nicaragua.

Hey, how much money will I need to support myself for the first couple of months? When I arrive I am going to travel to a few places (i.e Leon, Granada) and choose the place I like best and then look for work as an english teacher there.

Recently, I have noticed an increase in the number of alarming posts, such as the one above. I say alarming because many foreigners looking for work in Nicaragua haven’t done their research.

So let’s get real about working in Nicaragua as a foreigner.

read the rest at–> Let’s Get Real about Working in Nicaragua | Rewired and Retired in Nicaragua. See my related post: Relocation to Nicaragua on a Shoestring Budget: Fact or Fiction?

Great post and fantastic comments, kudos to all…sounds like “Let’s Get Real About Health Care in Nicaragua” is already halfway written. Ditto on the Metropolitano discount plan. Been saying for years to anyone who asks that it is not an insurance so do not count on it!
As for my comments…First, I’d say take a look at how most Nicaraguans live and earn money and learn from that. Most regular folks have two or three jobs, maybe one formal full- or part-time and the rest informal. Just to make ends meet, most will need to have a few different gigs so I’ve tried to model that program with varying degrees of success. It’s quite difficult to really make money in Nicaragua in my experience so think of the whole adventure as a “lifestyle choice” and maybe you won’t mind (so much) the hassles and general challenges that you undoubtedly WILL encounter.
Second comment is that I’ve seen more folks coming down with a sort of fly by the seat of your pants approach and honestly I only know one success story so it’s possible to accomplish but very rare.
And finally, yes you can teach English and it is possible to earn under the table (I do not…) I teach at a school in Managua just a few hours a week to get another little bit of $ but mainly to get health insurance through INSS.

Cheers, Mike @ Farmstay El Portón Verde, Managua

Can you relocate to Ometepe Island on a shoestring budget? Well, don't count on it!

Can you relocate to Ometepe Island on a shoestring budget? Well, don’t count on it!

Five Top Retirement Havens with the Lowest Cost of Living –

Nicaragua: Save on Property Costs

For house buyers or investors, Nicaragua offers the lowest cost of living and business opportunities. You could live here in a $2-million mansion with everything you would ever want in a home if you are willing to pay for it. But the great thing about this tropical paradise is that you don’t have to. You can still feel like you’re living the life of Reilly—on a very low budget.Granada-Nicaragua-578x298

The items you save on add up. Real estate taxes are low—you’ll pay around $150 a year for a $130,000 house. The cost of rentals are low, too. Friends of mine live in a modest three-bedroom home overlooking the bay of San Juan del Sur for just $200 a month. Electricity, water and WiFi are extra and cost an additional $100. Many one or two-bedroom rentals in town go for $250 to $400 a month, depending on amenities.

I spend about $25 a week for food. If I must have peanut butter, almond milk, gouda cheese, teriyaki sauce and cuts like filet mignon, my food budget goes way up. You can also save quite a bit of money enjoying your dinner at one of the many happy hours with $1 or $2 appetizers. And you can hire someone to clean your house for about $10.

Some things are more expensive in Nicaragua. Electronic items are double the price, for example. Gas hovers around $5.50 a gallon. New cars and trucks in Nicaragua have sticker prices of about a third to a half higher than the U.S. A large jar of Jiffy peanut butter can set you back $12. A small piece of cheddar cheese might cost over $5. You get the idea. If you are willing to live the good Nicaraguan life and forego some of those old necessities that aren’t really necessary, a single person can easily live on $1,000 or less a month and a couple can maintain a comfortable lifestyle for $1,200 and $1,400.—Bonnie Hayman

via Five Top Retirement Havens with the Lowest Cost of Living –.

This is International Living, a somewhat infamous “rose-colored glasses” type of media company, so take this report with the biggest grain of salt you can find…

However, that’s not to say that they are incorrect in what they tell you here, rather that an outfit like IL really does not address much of what really faces an expat. IL focuses on cost of living and lifestyle mostly, with not too much on such things as integrating into your new culture and country, how to be a productive member of your new community, or how to make local friends and become fluent in the native language.

IL really caters to the person who fits in quite well in the expat enclaves of Granada and San Juan del Sur; not so much Managua or Matagalpa and much less so Puerto Cabezas, Siuna or Bluefields. What I mean is that in most other areas of Nicaragua, the locals really don’t cater to you very much.

Sure, they might be neighborly and are certainly curious about expats, but mostly that is just a general human response to a new person moving into a neighborhood. Especially if they are different from the norm for that area, folks will take notice and most will wait to see what type of a person you are before taking the time to get to know you.

How that might express itself could vary of course, but as an example, in tourist and expat areas, learning English is clearly a good move for a Nicaraguan to want to make their living from tourism and providing services to expats. In other places, not so much. While most urban areas have some bilingual non-native English speakers, especially in the countryside you can basically forget about finding someone who speaks English.

So, as a potential expat, you need to ask yourself (among a multitude of questions), “do I want to learn Spanish or live where the locals will be learning English?” That will influence not only where you may choose to live, but how you will live too. Will you be living in an English-language bubble or not? As always, comments welcome!

Travel advice – living in Nicaragua for 2 months – Nicaragua Forum – TripAdvisor

Travel advice – living in Nicaragua for 2 monthsHigh-Minded Travel

Greetings MailenFV:

As Salta said, there aren’t any real beach towns besides San Juan del Sur. Leon beaches are a good option, to be near a large city (for Nicaragua) but I would like to point out an often overlooked and I think, underrated beach town, which is the Pochomil/Masachapa area, located one hour away from Managua.

Sure it doesn’t offer Sunday Funday or a Pacha Mama type of party hostel, but there are some inexpensive lodging options, a variety of beaches, and the nearby (10 minutes) town of San Rafael del Sur has a Pali supermarket with transport via bus, mototaxi or regular taxi, so that’s something… The public areas have been renovated and there are nice tiled sidewalks with benches and little green areas in the small “downtown” area. Overall, it has a nice aspect.

I blogged about Pochomil, Masachapa and some other areas here: “Top Five Managua Area Vacation Surfing Fishing Villages…

Enjoy living in Nicaragua for 2 months!

Cheers, Mike @ Farmstay El Porton Verde, Managua

Travel advice – living in Nicaragua for 2 months – Nicaragua Forum – TripAdvisor.

The more time I spend in the beach areas near to Managua, I think they really are overlooked by most tourists as they are really “local” beaches, where, for the most part, Nicaraguan families vacation. There are a few foreign tourists visiting the area; certainly international visitors come to stay in Montelimar and also in the Pochomil and Viejo Pochomil areas.

There is also a small but growing expat community, mostly led by Casa LaRocque, who has brought a few French Canadians to the area. Also there is a great guy who is a a real character named Frank LaSasso down there who is a good person to know as he can help arrange almost anything down in that area.

Cautionary Tales of Nicaragua: Basic Don’t Do’s When Moving Here

Cautionary Tales

Basic Don’t Do’s When Moving to Nicaragua

So this happened…

I’m not completely certain how to best convey to you lovely reader(s) the type of feelings one gets when you see a really bad thing happen to someone, but part of you says, “yeah, I can see how they got themselves into so much T-R-O-U-B-L-E in such a short amount of time.”

What I can promise you is that I’ll try to tell this as one of many cautionary tales of Nicaragua, especially as regards moving and relocating. In fact, I’m creating my master opus on this very topic; I’ll be asking the tough questions that will give you an idea as to what is real here so you can try to avoid those (costly) rookie mistakes. As it happens, a whole series of these could be written, many from my own book of newby errors.

Is a swimming pool with a tropical view in your future?

Is a swimming pool with a tropical view in your future?

Here’s a quick rundown on some of mine:

  • I bought property based on an architect’s plan, not what was on the ground.
  • Paid an amount based on that plan becoming a reality.
  • Proceeded to change course entirely and ended up not doing anything with said property for over ten years now.

I’ll save an indepth discussion of my personal relocation errors and mistakes that I made for a different day. This cautionary tale will focus on basic do’s and “don’t do’s” (sic) when moving to this country based on a recent experience I had with someone I don’t know that well. The family moved here, purchased property, brought their five school-age children and five little dogs and ended up having a way too challenging situation that unfortunately could not be overcome.

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