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There are many fine towns and a few real cities to choose from when deciding where to live in Nicaragua. Some of the factors influencing whether one town or city works best for your personal situation are:
There are many more factors in addition to those named above. We’ll tackle this topic on a broad level now and in further posts will break it down into some detail. If you have enjoyed this post, please comment below and encourage me to continue with this series!
Let’s get started with some broad strokes as to what whould be the best Nicaraguan city for you to live in.
Do you want to live in a city, town, village, or? Would you enjoy being in the center of the pueblo just a couple of streets off of the plaza? Or, do you prefer living a few minutes drive or bus away from the downtown? As with all things, there are pluses and minuses to each of these options and you need to find out for yourself what is best for you.
What about your Spanish-language skills? If you already have a fairly good handle on Spanish, then you are likely much more open to living wherever you want to in Nicaragua. Folks with limited Spanish and little-to-no ability to learn the language will probably be best suited to live in an area with a large existing expat community where you can speak English most everywhere you go.
Are finances a major consideration? If living on a fixed budget, even though your money goes much further in Nicaragua, you will still need to watch your spending habits and keep a reserve handy in case. Obviously, if you have a much more comfortable financial situation, then you can forego thinking about strategizing on money-saving schemes and live you life as you desire.
What about your health? Your age? Anything requiring regular checkups, medical specialists, tests and exams? That will affect your decisions too. Excellent health care is available in Nicaragua, but is not evenly distributed throughout the country. For the most part, Managua is where the best doctors and hospitals are located.
Do you prefer to live in a real Nicaraguan community or one with a sizeable expat population? Some people, usually those with limited Spanish skills, find themselves drawn to expat communities, of which there are not a lot to choose from in Nicaragua. Do you want to join the Kiwanas club or the American Legion? If that is the sort of social life you envision then your options are limited as regards Nicaragua. Or, do you want to live as completely as possible with Nicaraguans in a Spanish-speaking community? This question also speaks to your needs for a social life. Some folks are just fine by themselves or the occasional meetup with friends, and some are real “joiners” that want to be part of every bridge club, charity event, volunteering at the schools, hospitals, orphanages, etc. Which are you?
Weather is another important consideration. Luckily, in Nicaragua one can choose what kind of weather they like. Warm and hot is the norm here, but there are mountainous areas that are great for that “perpetual spring” climate. As you get to live here awhile, a slight change in temperature can make the difference between sweating and being miserable or quite comfortable.
Transportation is important too. It is not too difficult to live without a car in Nicaragua and in some places it offers a distinct advantage to not drive! Buses and taxis are usually very available and mostly inexpensive. Driving here has its challenges, but of course offers freedom of movement that relying on public transportation just does not offer.
Finally, what amenities are important to you? For example, are you a shopaholic? There aren’t too many shopping malls in Nicaragua and most of them are in Managua. Are first-run movies in brand-new theaters your thing? Again, the capital has those but are not very well distributed outside of Managua. What about nightlife? Culture? Art? Poetry? Live music? A variety of different types of restaurants? I always recommend you be clear with yourself that if you feel you need these amenities, don’t go moving out to the coast where it takes an hour or two to find some of these things. Be real with yourself and admit you like eating sushi and seeing a musical play live once in a while!
Okay, that is the end of this edition. I plan on writing more of these and going into further detail on each and every consideration to help make your move to Nicaragua a good one! Please share, Like, or comment!
Location: Masatepe Price $30,000.00 Price/m2 of land $0.17 Construction size m2 0 Lot Size in m2 168000 Benefits Near Transit, Lake View, Mountain View, Water system, Electrïcity, Easy Acces
farm 24 blocks, with adjoining tourist attractions with the viewpoint of Nandasmo, hotel and spa gates of heaven, nimboja hills, house 7 x 12. 82 m in good brick with iron frame and zinc drinking water energy all-weather road stone, cultivated with pineapple, it has, dwarf banana, Hawaiian papaya plants at harvest two years guapinol cedar, mahogany, kapok, melina teak, cashew, mango, narajas, avocados, new fences, water well d sources. negosiable pressures
Wow, this looks to be a really nice property with a nice price! I really like the Pueblos Blancos area of Nicaragua. Close enough to Managua to visit easily for shopping, health care, education, etc. but up in the elevation a bit so the area has good weather. As usual, I have no connection with this property, do not know any more details, so on and so forth. Just click the link above and ask away there!
Someone looking to relocate to Nicaragua and perhaps build their own home and do some “gentleman farming” could do worse then to hang their hat here! Its a lot of fun having a farm in Nicaragua. Especially in this area of Masatepe, the land is very fertile so whatever you wanted to grow would most likely do very well. Setup your permaculture farm here!
Masatepe is known for its furniture making workshops. They have converted their old railroad station into showrooms for the furniture. It is worth the drive to go and see what they have. Some really nice quality and fair prices. I just went a few week ago to have some chaise lounges made. We’ll see tomorrow how they turned out!
The Nicaragua Lifestyle Conference is a jammed packed information day for retirees, entrepreneurs, investors, – expats and future expats, all of those, in fact, considering Nicaragua as a relocation destination.
The Nicaragua Lifestyle Conference taking place May 15, 2013 in Managua is designed with these people in mind.
It can be one of the biggest decisions in your life – to move offshore, (immigrate) to another country. Some have done it all blindly and met up with complications and roadblocks, twists and turns along the way making it a very bumpy road, indeed. However, there is an easier way of doing things. Learn from the experts to to navigate the path to relocate your business and your life.
The Nicaragua Lifestyle Conference will educate you. Learn from others who have done the thing you have now decided to do with your life. Our featured presenters will show you the ropes. Residency, immigration, legal issues, title insurance, healthcare. Whatever your reason to leave, whether for a need to get back to basics, escape the rat race, seek healthcare that is excellent and reasonbly priced, economic factors, or just an extreme dislike of winter weather, this is one conference you should not miss.
Read more about who’s presenting at the Conference here.
When: May 15, 2013
Where: Hotel Contempo, Managua, Nicaragua
$69 per person – in advance.
$75 per person at the door. Lunch is included
The Nicaragua Lifestyle Conference is a great opportunity to network with business professionals and expats in Nicaragua. Make some new contacts and friends, build your network. Find out what you need to know – before you take that giant step forward.
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Six manzanas of land, temperate climate ranges 25 C to 29 C throughout the year. Soil perfect for growing pineapple, citrus, coffee, banana, pitahiya. Installed, water services, electricity. A 40 km from Managua. Property located at about 450 meters above sea level.
Location: San Marcos Address of Property 1 km de las esquinas a san marcos Price $150,000.00 Bedrooms 3 Bathrooms 3 Square Meters 0 Lot Size 0 Stories 1 Parking 2 Benefits Near Traffic, Roofed Parking, Maids Quarters, Party Room, Garden or Park, Air Conditioner, Patio, Social Area
This is a great area in the Pueblos Blancos, near enough to Managua for your health care, shopping, and entertainment needs, but out in the country with a nice environment. Could this be your San Marcos dream retirement home? Come down and check it out!
Location: Jinotepe English Title Ecological Farm Available from: Agosto 2012 Address of Property Jinotepe, Carazo Price rent / month $800.00 Rent/sq meter $2.66 Bedrooms 3 Bathrooms 2 Square Meters 300 Lot Size 25000 metros cuadrados Age of Home 13 años Balcony or Terrance terraza Parking Más Type of Floor Otro Benefits Near a School, Guest Parking, Maids Quarters, 24 hour Security, Garden or Park, Kids Park, Patio, Living room & Dinning room, Social Area, BBQ Area Appliances Refrigerator, Stove
This property is for the gentleman or gentlelady farmers out there who would like to live in a nice fresh climate, have a little spread with fruit trees, and be in Jinotepe, which is a nice little town with all the basic amenities. This property is probably about 45 minutes to all the big-city amenities of Managua yet is located in the Pueblos Blancos where the climate is much fresher then the capital.
Location: Diriamba Size 53.5manzanas Lot Size 53.5manzanas Benefits Near School, Mountain View, Electrïcity, Easy Acces
This property looks interesting for the serious farmer/rancher, as it is quite large at 53.5 manzanas (approximately 95 acres), has a river running through the property, and is in an area near the Pueblos Blancos that offers some proximity to Managua (perhaps 35-45 minutes drive, depending on how far off the paved road this is).