Information about living in Nicaragua

Pres-Hello- does anyone have information on rental prices in leon for a 2 bedroom apartment with furniture and air conditioning? I am in the very LOW income bracket, or does anyone know where to live in Nicaragua where there is a cooler climate?And any rental information about the cooler climate area or town? What areas are safe to live in nicaragua? I know that living in Managua is VERY DANGEROUS for sure. I just joined this site - Thank you to whomever is kind enough to take Their precious time to reply to me.

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Noticed after I posted that you live in Mexico

Depending on where you are, I'm not sure you'd get a better retirement deal here than there. You would need a minimum of US $600 a month pension from a state system, or US $800 a month from a private pension fund or investments (rentier status).

Rebecca Brown

Not just Nicaragua

As Billy Bob said, there is a lot of Nicaragua information here. But, there are also a lot of considerations that are in no way specific to Nicaragua. I recommend taking a look at which is about expatriation in general. The site is a baby today with almost no country-specific information but growing quantities of general information.

Unlike here and all other places I have seen, the information is divided up into:

  • Why? -- That is, why you might want to expatriate.
  • Where? -- Some generic information and then entries for various destinations.
  • How? -- The steps to take to get moved and integrated.

To offer a specific bit of advice here that is discussed there, concentrate on where you actually want to live first. Getting too concerned about the legal side of living somewhere can be a serious distraction. This is not to suggest you not establish legal residency but once you have one or a few specific destinations in mind, you will likely find there are a lot of options. Many just don't show up on typical how to move to country X web pages and such.

To offer an example, you can be granted residency in Costa Rica if your doctor says you need to be there for continued medical treatment.

I'm about $90 over the least you can have to live here legally

I recommend having around $7,000 to $12,000 for getting set up and having a nest egg for emergencies. There are no support services for medical issues other than the public clinic and you pay for medicines there. Rents vary but Nicaraguan style houses generally run between $100 US to $400 US a month depending, unfurnished. Furnished apartments and houses are relatively rarer. Figure out what your US resources (family, friends) would be in case of emergencies. Coming down here without previous visits has worked for one person here, but it's not really advised for most of us.

Theft is common, but violent and confrontational theft is rarer. If you go away for visits, leave things you couldn't bear to lose with friends, and ofter gifts to neighbors if the house is untouched.

San Raphael del Norte, Jinotega, Somoto, Esteli, and Matagalpa are the cooler cities and towns. Matagalpa is a bit warmer than Jinotega, but has more shopping and one or two Spanish language schools. Jinotega is like Greenville, SC; Matagalpa is like Roanoke, VA., Esteli is like maybe Winchester, VA. Haven't been to the others.

Everyone I know in Jinotega has had some things stolen -- not all of these are reported. Basically, stay away from people who do drugs. There's no middle class hippie pot smoking culture here -- all drug users are considered low class and while pot smokers don't get busted, EVERYONE knows who smokes and most middle class Nicaraguans avoid them. Also, stay away from people who do other stupid things, and people who don't seem to have their lives in order -- expatriate or Nicaraguan (they tend to want to borrow money). If you're getting under $1K a month, you're going to be roughly middle class to lower middle class in Nicaragua, not better than that.

Rebecca Brown


Certain areas of Managua can be very dangerous (more so at night) but there are plenty of nicer neighborhoods as well. When it comes to traveling at night, just takes some common sense!! That goes for every country in the world--some areas are safer than others!! People do certain negative things to survive!!

Electricity here is very $$$$$, so that could eat up a lot of ones budget very quickly. I know 1 hotel that is near the hilton---they charge you for the electricity one uses--they say it can add $200 to $500 a month to ones bill (no clue what rate they charge)

Hope you Speak Spanish. Very little English is spoken and yes Nica can be fairly inexpensive, but if your a gringo----expect to pay gringo price in many situations!! The taxi ride that charge my housekeeper 50 cords---wants to charge me 200.

Nica is a great country, bu ti would be visiting for awhile before I decided to move down here.

i rent a ;;

small house near tica electric bill is usally under 400 cords a month..dont consider it expensive..but then i decided if i want to live in the live in the tropics..i dont use a/c.. commercial rates are much higher


Does not matter to me,lol but with regards to the Op---do you run AC at all? As he asked about AC. I think many people live a very good life here, but I sort of get the feeling if one expects to come to NIca and live just the way one does in the USA--one may be shocked a bit. Of course that depends how 1 lives in the USA/Canada.

All of Nicaragua is a safe

All of Nicaragua is a safe place to live. Managua is Not "VERY DANGEROUS for sure". Maybe, you should try to visit a place before you decide on moving there. Or even do a little more research since you don´t even know where the cooler parts of Nica are. Try these 2 things before you make stereotypical comments about something you know nothing about or just stay home!

Managua and crime & safety is a touchy subject for Nicafish...

I see the organization you work for has put out a nice guide to the country.

I must say it is very comprehensive.

"Your Nicaragua Cheat Sheet: All the Essentials in 2 Hours or Less"

Assuming it is aimed at volunteers understanding a little about the country, I wonder why it has no information on street smarts, use of public transport, taxis, Taxi/ATM kidnapping, areas to avoid after dark, laptop use, iphones, ipads, jewelry etc etc.

Its certainly in-keeping with your positive comments about the country and how crime free it is but is it accurate?

Saying "All of Nicaragua is a safe place to live" is, in my opinion as inaccurate as saying " Managua is VERY DANGEROUS for sure

Our weekly paper (nearly 6 years old) tries to be positive but even we have to warn the tourists from time to time.

I'm just trying to be polite and get a sense and a feel for why the reluctance to say anything bad about the areas or instances of crime that people need to know about and why the instant attack when someone says something about Nicaragua.

I find I can love it and be honest about it at the same time.

the Nica cheat sheet was a

the Nica cheat sheet was a very interesting read. It was a little short on some aspects, but others on this forum have provided more insight into the goals of the revolution and motives of post revolution struggles.

My favorite quote was, "Let us fight the Yankee, the scourge of humanity.. " I'm from the South, so I can appreciate these sentiments. But policies that pitted such a small nation against the Colossus of the North were not very pragmatic... or popular.

Try Craigslist Nicaragua

Try Craigslist Nicaragua

Browse a little

This site and Come visit and make up your own mind.

Item one, Managua probably does have a higher murder rate than most areas, but the better neighborhoods are quite nice and the city has many more conveniences than the cow towns. Don't violate the 4S rule and you should have no great risk.

Rentals in Nic. are a little more informal than you might be used to. Get what informnation you can online, but in the end you end up playing detective and asking for leads and walking the streets looking for very small signs offering rentals. Expect to do everything in Nicaraguan Spanish. Pricing will be all over the board, including "what the traffic will bear".

I would suggest for starters you look for a month rate at a guest house or rent a room until you get your bearings. AC is not real common and electricity costs about twice what you pay in the States and is not reliable. There are high elevation towns but they are primitive. The area south or Managua has its fans and I personally lean towards Jinotega, but would also look at the mountains in Chontales.

Trying to live here on a very low budget will also have its challenges, including boredom and lack of creature comforts. Come visit and see how you can adapt.

“If you voted for Obama in 2008 to prove you were not a racist,

vote for somebody else in 2012 to prove you are not an idiot”. Anon.