Retire in Nicaragua – Seriously?

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Group photo from the December 2017 Tour during our visit to the waterfalls at Cascada Blanca. By the way, this is NOT our tour bus!

Retire in Nicaragua? Nothing could have been further from my mind during my first encounter with this country. On a holiday trip to Costa Rica, we went on a jungle tour by boat. The river crossed over into Nicaraguan territory.

I will never forget the fierce looking soldiers with guns over their shoulders, guarding the border station where we had to get off the boat and present our passports.

This was back in 1994. A lot has changed since then, certainly my view about this often misunderstood country.

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Your amazing adventure awaits! Relax and enjoy Nicaragua on one of our guided tours… we take care of everything for you. Research can only get you that far. At some point, you need to get your feet on the ground.

Is Nicaragua the right country for you? Find out with our all-inclusive 6 day tours. [Read more]

Worried about the news you heard about the unrests in Nicaragua, which started in April 2018? Read about the events from my point of view, as an expat living through the crisis here.

Retire in Nicaragua Guide (eBook)

Planning to Retire Overseas: Is Nicaragua Your Best Choice? is your digital guide to explore Nicaragua from the comfort of your home.

It’s the result of 7+ years living in this beautiful country, of experiencing everything it has to offer, the good and the bad. It’s your dream-to-reality road map if you consider retiring in Nicaragua.

Read more about it here.

Weather in Nicaragua

The Nicaragua climate is divided into a dry season (“summer”) and rainy season (“winter”). Unlike in other tropical countries, there are two months with almost no rain at all, at least in the area around Managua […]

The photo shows one of the wide sandy beaches along Nicaragua’s Northern Pacific coast.

Cost of Living

Can you retire on US$1,300 or less in Nicaragua? What’s the cost for rent, utilities, food, driving a car, household help etc.? Read on to find out […]

Internet & Infrastructure

What’s the best way of traveling within the country? How good are the roads? Can I get high-speed Internet access? These are all questions you should ask and get answered before you decide about moving to Nicaragua […]

Education & Schools

Due to low educational spending, many state schools in Nicaragua are run down and suffer even the basic resources. If you retire in Nicaragua with kids, you’ll find our comparison of the most respected international schools helpful […]

Nicaragua Safety – UPDATED with 2018 Info

Read my assessment of the safety situation in Nicaragua, and why I believe it’s better than its reputation. Includes my personal experience with the crisis that started in April 2018 […]

Nicaragua Homes & Real Estate

Whether you want to rent or buy in Nicaragua, the best method to find a place is by word-of-mouth. Due to the country’s recent history, you need to be extra careful when purchasing […]

Visa & Special Benefits

If you seriously consider to retire in Nicaragua, these tips about the Nicaragua visa and pensionado program are essential […]


In case you were worried that you wouldn’t find adequate healthcare in Nicaragua, you’ll be in for a nice surprise. Medical facilities in Managua and other big cities are top notch, and doctors even share their private phone numbers for emergencies […]

People, Culture & Entertainment

Nicaragua people make you feel welcome. The most compelling aspect of Nicaraguan culture? There’s always time for a chat and a smile […]

Tourist Attractions: Somoto Canyon & Rosquillas

Come with us on this fun 2 day trip to Somoto. Float down the cool waters in an old truck tire and watch the stripe of blue sky above you shrink as the canyon walls are closing in. Then sample oven-fresh rosquillas in one of the famous bakeries […]

Nicaragua Retirement Tour in Pictures

Come on tour with us, at least virtually! Oh, the places we’ll go: from bustling markets to magic crater lakes, breathtaking views, empty beaches, colonial cities and cool mountain areas. [Come and see for yourself.]

Nicaragua Stories – by Expats for Expats

Nothing is more inspiring than the stories of real people who made the jump and experienced the ups and downs of living in Nicaragua. Read other expats’ stories or share your own […]

Nicaragua, A Breathtaking Experience

Enjoy places like Granada, San Juan del Sur, Mombacho, Momotombo, Cerro Negro, Masaya, the San Juan River and more in this professional and beautifully done video by