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

Retirees eye lower cost of living in Latin America

Retirees are attracted to the warm weather, good medical care and proximity to the USA.


Tanya Hartill, owner of NicaTour Group (, estimates that retirees can live well in Nicaragua for about $900 a month. Many people on her tours have visited other countries and are being very deliberate in their decision-making, says Hartill, who offers an eight-day tour for about $1,375 a person, excluding airfare.

via Retirees eye lower cost of living in Latin America.

Friend of the Farmstay, Ms. Tanya Hartill, got a nice mention in USA Today in a personal finance/retirement article. Congratulations Tanya for getting some recognition for the excellent, well-priced tours that you run specifically for people looking to retire and invest in Nicaragua. Keep up the good work! If anyone wants to know more and get a personal recommendation from me, please contact me.

The NicaTour Group’s tours include site visits to some new housing communities, meet and greets with actual locals (like me!) who have been there and done that as regards making the transition, experts in areas such as Residency, Real Estate, Healthcare, Medical Tourism, etc.

Her prices are very fair considering you will probably save yourself from making some potentially costly mistakes if you go in on your own without the knowledge and contacts that you get from the organized tours.

Retirement Choices In Granada, León, or San Juan del Sur. | Read 2014 Articles

I'll take anything that is different and unique please!

I’ll take anything that is different and unique please!

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Thanks Kathleen Peddicord for keeping the gringos in their place hahaha! Seriously people, if you are interested in Nicaragua as a retirement destination, let’s hope it is because you want to live with Nicaraguan neighbors too!

Saying there are only three possibilities for retirement lifestyle choices is like saying you should go to the ice cream store, ignore the 28 other flavors and just select between vanilla, chocolate and strawberry. Ridiculo!

The good and bad about retiring in Nicaragua

The good and bad about retiring in Nicaragua

So what is the good and bad about retiring in Nicaragua? Let’s start with a few common topic areas and see how far we get in helping you to determine whether Nicaragua might be a good place for you.Granada,_Nicaragua_2

The Weather:

  • Good: No snow, no cold temperatures
  • Bad: Most of the country would be considered rather warm to quite hot by most people.

As an expat living in Nicaragua, I find the weather to be quite nice almost always. The main thing that is not too pleasant weather-wise are the hot afternoons. At my place, which is located at 1,000 feet elevation, the night time temperatures cool off pretty nicely. The Farmstay mornings and evenings are likewise a perfectly comfortable temperature. But wow, in the afternoons it gets H. O. T. hot, especially so when you are in the cities. But hey relax, all you need to do is stay in a shady place, take a swim or even a cold water shower, or otherwise take it real slow and easy.

The People:

  • Good: Warm, friendly, and generally speaking, kind and gentle.
  • Bad: Lack of forthrightness by way of not wanting to disappoint, and a different sense of punctuality and time management.

Not really much to add here except to say that due to folks wanting to please you, or at least to not appear to lack knowledge, they will tell you most anything as an answer to a particular questions, regardless of its veracity or correctness.

The Lifestyle:

  • Good: Inexpensive, feels “free”, and given the lower cost of living, you can generally afford a higher quality of lifestyle here then back home.
  • Bad: If one does not have a particular passion, or mission to accomplish either personally, for one’s family, or for the community in general, that lack of focus can lead some to partake in a lifestyle that may not be the healthiest or the best approach to take as you move here, retire, start a new chapter in your life, etc.

Those are just some of the good and bad aspects of retiring in Nicaragua. If you have any specific additional points that you would like my comments on, feel free to leave a comment with a question and I’ll do my best to answer as forthrightly as I possibly can.

Best Cities to Live in Nicaragua

What are the Best Places to Live in Nicaragua?

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:

  • lifestyle preferences
  • Spanish-speaking abilities
  • financial situation
  • personal health
  • desires to live with or without other expatriates
  • weather
  • transportation
  • amenities

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!

Retirement Tours in Nicaragua – NicaTour Group

Retirement Tours in Nicaragua – NicaTour Group.
Retirement Tours in Nicaragua

We offer three retirement tours of Nicaragua which are most suited to people considering Nicaragua as their retirement or relocation destination. These tours offer a great opportunity for North Americans to learn about and experience first-hand the beauty, the people and the advantages of living and retiring in Nicaragua. We are the first company to offer retirement tours on the internet.

For for those looking for a place to live, we have included some tours to a variety of properties by different developers.  On our tours, you will be given a broad overview of this beautiful country.  For retirees and people who wish to relocate to Nicaragua whether for personal or business reasons,  there’s the chance to attend either our “Nicaragua Lifestyle Conference™” or “Meet the Experts: Roundtable Forum™” – one of which is included in the cost of your tour. On our retirement or real estate tous, our knowledgeable and experienced tour guides make it their mission to show you the lesser known areas as well as areas preferred by ex-pats who have chosen this country as their newly adopted home.

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Tanya at Nica Tour Groups runs what is probably the best, most thorough, and definitely most independent and straightforward tour of Nicaragua that focuses on investing, relocating and retiring in Nicaragua.

As owner and operator of Farmstay El Porton Verde, I see a trend where more and more of my guests are visiting Nicaragua with the idea to relocate and invest here. Even first-time visitors are coming down here with that idea. Well, as someone who has been living in the country for over three years now, I usually stress to those interested to be very careful, to take small baby steps, and most importantly, get to know the country and its people, customs, and especially language before making any real decisions.

Not everyone follows such sage advice of course 🙂 (you know who you are and we love you for your impetuousness!) But for the great majority of people, it just makes sense to take it slow. Taking Tanya’s Nica Tour is probably the most cost-efficient way to get the information you need, talk to the real experts, people who don’t have an axe to grind, get to see some of the different areas of the country, etc.

If you end up signing up for one of their tours, do me a favor and please mention that you heard about it from Mike at Farmstay El Porton Verde!

Nicaragua grows as a destination for retirees / El Nuevo Diario

January 13, 2014 | 14:31:44

Granada, Nicaragua | Google translate of

Nicaragua grows as a destination for retirees

Darrell and Amy Bushnell, are an American couple who live in Granada for eight years and why they have made this city their home

By Andrea Sepulveda | National

Nicaragua grows as a destination for retirees
The colonial city of Granada is also one of the main tourist areas of Nicaragua. STOCK / END


Nicaragua has been growing as one of the preferred destinations for retirees.

Like last year, this 2014 magazine International Living Nicaragua selected among the 15 best places for retirees. A nomination is confirmed to see how increasing Americans, Canadians and other foreigners who have chosen Nicaragua as their home after retirement.This is the case of Darrell and Amy Bushnell, who live in Granada for eight years.

The couple has been integrated into the city through some cultural activities such as art classes, working in libraries and even through the website www.nicaragua reporting on Nicaragua who want to settle in the country.

“I think the initial interest to come to retire here is that the cost of living is low. Proximity to the United States is also a factor, but I think the people who visit do it because people liked Nicaragua, “said Darrell Bushnell.

“One of the good things that we see especially in Granada, is that we accept the premises. When we have difficulty with a word in Spanish are friendly and help us and even if you know nothing of Spanish can make yourself understood in the city because the people are so friendly and easy to communicate with them even with gestures, “Amy said.

While many look for cities like Granada, Leon and San Juan del Sur to be installed, there are foreigners who opt for a luxurious retreat in housing developments such as Gran Pacifica or Guacalito the Island

“We have about 15% or 20% of foreign investors who have bought homes, apartments or lots for their homes and in the future to move here,” said Andrew Valldejuli, Regional Sales Manager of the resort on the island Guacalito

This luxurious complex offers first class services in an idyllic landscape for prices ranging from $ 500,000 and $ 4 million.

“Our customer is a special customer. You are looking for that nature that man is not made as elsewhere in Latin America and are looking for a safe place where it can invest and invest some of your time. In our experience the customer will not live here 100% of the time. This is their second or third house, “said Valldejuli.

The Retirees and the Volcano (Nicaragua) | Retirement and Good Living

The Retirees and the Volcano (Nicaragua) | Retirement and Good Living.

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013   10:25 am |  Category:   Retirement locations   
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My husband and I retired to Ometepe Island, Nicaragua in 2010. We have an enormous fresh water lake, Lake Cocibolca, in our front yard and an active volcano, Vulcan Concepcion, in our back yard. Most of our family thought we were crazy to move to Nicaragua. “Isn’t there a war going on over there?” they would ask. “What will you do if the volcano erupts?”

Retire in Ometepe Island, NicaraguaActually, we never gave much thought to the volcano erupting because we bought a kayak and we figured we could escape easily by paddling rapidly across the lake. You see, we are risk takers. We always have been…and probably always will be. We chose Nicaragua after we delivered school supplies to an impoverished school in Granada, Nicaragua. The people sold us immediately on their vivacious culture, their generosity, and their simplistic living.

Nicely written short story from Debbie Goehring about her and her husband’s life on Ometepe Island. Three years in and they are starting to really get the hang of it, it appears to me. Bravo!

So Many Reasons to Love Nicaragua…

So Many Reasons to Love Nicaragua….

There’s a lot to be discovered in Nicaragua… A country bursting with opportunity, culture and magnificent wildlife, it’s a place that’s been overlooked by the majority of tourists and expats. But as more and more people hear about what this diverse destination has to offer, that’s beginning to change.

No matter your taste, interest, or budget, you’ll find a lot to adore in Nicaragua.

.So Many Reasons to Love Nicaragua…

Considering Nicaragua as a Retirement Destination

Considering Nicaragua as a Retirement Destination.
Considering Nicaragua as a Retirement Destination?

ou are not alone if you are considering Nicaragua as a retirement destination.

The New York Times lists Nicaragua as one of the must-see tourist destinations of 2013. Forbes Magazine calls Nicaragua “one of the top five retirement destinations” for American citizens.

What’s New?

We’ve got a newly designed website and logo but that’s not all.  We’re offering more tour packages with more travel date options to Nicaragua. We are also facilitatingmedical tourism packageswith our partners in Managua.  Nicaragua is now a key player in the medical tourism industry,  a  destination conveniently close to home for North American clients.  Also, a first for Nicaragua: we’re offeringall inclusive vacations to Nicaraguafrom Montreal, Los Angeles, Miami, Houston, Atlanta and Dallas.

Nica Tour Group has consistently been upgrading the breadth and depth of their Nicaraguan tour offerings and this article makes clear that they continue to be the leader in relocation and retirement tours. Get in on the wave before it is too late (haha just kidding…a little!)