Not That Far
off the mark (CR compared to Nicaragua)
Some NicaLiving members are content with just living out a quiet retirement in Nicaragua. Others have plans for investment, or existing investments, that would benefit from an increase in tourism and retirement to Nicaragua.
Nicaragua clearly has more to offer than CR, both from a tourism perspective, and as a retirement destination. People are curious about new and different things. They will put up with some warts if the overall experience is positive.
We still have that large bubble of retirees that will be looking for options other than retirement in the US. The number is huge; and if one runs the numbers of what the ex-pat retirement community probably spends in CR each year this revenue stream has the potential to become Nicaragua's third largest source of income. I believe remittances and tourism are currently #1 and #2 in terms of Nicaragua's overall picture.
What has to change for Nicaragua to become a 1:) desirable retirement destination; and 2:) a destination that attracts a better spending tourist than the missionaries and backpackers that currently make up a good percentage of Nicaragua tourism? These have suddenly become timely questions if the US economy begins to turn for the better after November.