Moving to Nicaragua


moving-to-nicaraguaExpats moving to Nicaragua will be treated to a laid back lifestyle in a stunningly beautiful country with an interesting and complex history. Visitors to Nicaragua are in awe of the country's soaring mountains, beautiful beaches, luscious tropical forests and mesmerizing volcanoes.

The expat population in Nicaragua is relatively small as there is still some fear and stigma attached to the violence this country experienced in its recent past. However, more and more foreigners are starting to see the potential of this geographically diverse land and choosing it as a destination for their expat experience.

The majority of expats living in Nicaragua can be found close to Leon, Granada or the country’s capital, Managua. Foreigners generally relocate to Nicaragua for retirement or to set up a business. It is not the best destination for those seeking employment because the country has a high rate of unemployment and wages are incredibly low. However, job prospects are good for those with a background in real estate or housing development.

Expats will find the cost of living is very low, especially in comparison to expenses in North America and Western Europe. The fact the domestic help is readily available in Nicaragua leaves expats with lots of additional time on their hands to enjoy all the activities the country has to offer. From surfing, hiking and mountain biking to relaxing by the Caribbean sea or volunteering at a local charity, there is something here to keep any expat entertained.

Spanish is the official language of Nicaragua and those that are seen to be making an effort to speak the local language will make more headway in interacting with the locals and embracing the culture. The Nicaraguan people have a reputation for being friendly, warm and welcoming to foreigners.  

Nicaragua is one of the safest countries in Central America and crime rates are low. However, expats shouldn’t become complacent; crimes tend to be petty and opportunistic in nature. Those who exercise caution, keep valuables out of sight and don’t draw unnecessary attention to themselves shouldn not experience any problems.

Nicaragua is home to some of Central America’s most modern medical facilities and many of the country’s doctors have been trained in the USA and speak fluent English. However, private hospitals which are the preferred option for most expats can only be found in selected cities. The public education system in Nicaragua is underfunded. Expats tend to send their children to private or international schoosl. Be warned: waiting lists at international schools are very long so it is best to make applications well ahead of time. 

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