Regional Crime Comparision

InSight Crime has an article that compares crime in Nicaragua to other countries in the region. The punchline is that besides being lower, most of it isn't even where you are likely to be -- unless you are running drugs.

While Managua is, as you would expect, Nicaragua's most violent city, it is not the most dangerous area based on per capita homicide rates.

Living Like a Nica

Bought the above titled e-book last night. Have only had the chance to read the chapter on the various towns but quick skimming around showed it to be very informative. As it was published in if I remember right 2005 is there anything that might be considered outdated? One thing I've been wondering about. How large is one manzana(spelling?)? I've seen references to buying x amount of them when buying land.

Other Cities/Towns to Consider?

Hi, new here. I'm 50, hoping to take my pension early at 55. Problem is my company terminated our pension plan so I'll be getting about $13.5k a year instead of in the low $20's at 55. Have been doing alot of reading but am only familiar with Mexico. I like what I've read about Granada and the northern cities. I'm curious about Boaco, read that an American owns a pizza place there. And it looks great scenery wise. As much as Granada offers I'd prefer a cooler climate. Esteli seems to be a good compromise between weather and infrastructure.

Surf Ranch

I know a number of you are in SJDS does anyone know anytjing about the The Surf Ranch Action Sports Resort ? Is it actually anything more than mock ups on the internet?

Fresh Fish vs Just Fish

I have been pondering if there could be a niche for a "Fresh" Fish distribution place in Esteli, coupled with a small restaurant specializing in Fresh fish from both Sea and Fresh water, anything from Ceviche to Fresh whole a la tipitapa style and Fish Chicharrones. at Very low prices I may add,I would say a nice whole tilapia or snapper a la tipitapa for $80 cordobas.

What's your take Esteli guru (phil) or anyone currently living or that visits Esteli often???


Minimum nut for expats vs minimum for Nicaraguans -- real or imaginary differences

Having lived in poor rural areas in the US and having lived for over a year here, I think that for people without family in poor rural areas anywhere, it's harder to be poor in the country than the idealists and book writers who are profiting off their back to the land stroke books will tell you.

I'm curious about how well shipping in good under the housing allowance has gone for people

According to the law on pensionados, we can bring in up to $20K worth of household goods. My own take on this was that the shipping would have been more expensive than the goods I had, and I sold what I could and brought new or did smaller scale imports (one Medrano Express box, five checked on bags in two flights here).

Has anyone ever gotten the exemption and how did shipping go? Were there any problems with Aduana over whether some item was or wasn't a household item?

How to ship several boxes?

The largest item I would bring is 24" computer monitors and I have grave doubts they would survive the trip. Frankly, I will probably just replace when I get there.

Anyway, what is the best way to send some boxes to Jinotega?

Jinotega or Matagalpa?

Is there much difference between the two towns?

Other than Matagalpa being a little closer to Managua and a little bigger they seem identical.

Also, numerous people say you can find a decent place to live for under $200 US a month. With food so cheap how could it cost someone $600-700 a month just to live?



What is the mail system like in Nicaragua? Is there one?

How about package delivery company's like UPS?

What is the best way to mail order something? Is it even worth it?


Moving to Nicaragua with a 6 month old baby

Hi guys, I am actually from Nicaragua but moved to the Miami when I was only 1 year old. My mom moved back cause she has worked all her life so she wanted to go back to her country to rest. I had a baby and when she's 6 months, I'm going to move back to help my mom out with her store and everything in Nicaragua. Is it going to be hard for my daughter and I get used to that life? I don't want her to get sick or anything. And approximately around $600 a month be enough for her and I to live a decent life. I'm sure that's not going to be a high life but it's something.

Bad Neighborhoods?

This post is inspired by which is a photo of a house in Jinotega and the followup comments. A bad neighborhood in Jinotega?

While I am no Jinotega expert, I have spent some time there. I saw poor and not so poor neighborhoods. Maybe I missed it/didn't recognize it but I never saw what I would call a bad neighborhood. That is, one that felt dangerous.

I sure would love to see Nicaragua impliment this.

A great many people in the US (and most other countries) are ready to just "chuck in all in" and "get the hell out of Dodge" to live a quiet life some place without all the Government and special interests intruding into every aspect of your life and digging into your pocket.

My thoughts:

- You get a plot of land to call your own (similar to squatters on unused land). Low to no taxes for the rest of your life. I will never buy property in the US just because of the property taxes alone!

Getting ready for the big move.

My name is Ralph and I am currently 56. My only income (that I would have down there) would be a military pension of $700 USD until I turn $62. At 62 my income will jump up another $1000.

After much research I selected Esteli as the best place for me to move (mild temperature).

I don't drink, smoke, or "party". I just want a quiet place to live, learn Spanish and get on with life. Obviously, $700 a month is not going to go very far in the US but it appears that it would be enough to sustain a moderate lifestyle in Nicaragua.


Has anyone had any dealings with Pronicaragua?

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