Driving While Caucasian - A Criminal Offense in Nicaragua

You might want to consider this blog post if you are foolish enough to be considering a move to Nicaragua. This was my fourth and final trip there. You'd be wise to go somewhere else if this is an endemic issue. Good luck!

Managua or ???

From we hear "Managua is the place to be". From so many other posts we hear both about other places where people would rather live and lots of reasons why Managua is not the place to be. Let's chat about this.

current state of SJDS area developments

The husband and I will be in Nicaragua in a few months and plan on checking out a few housing developments while we're there. We'll be visiting Rancho Santana and Hacienda Iguana and wanted to look at a couple in the SJDS area as well. Can anyone offer recommendations on ones we should visit?

Nicaragua Weather

There are lots of considerations when contemplating a move to Nicaragua. One is the weather. With tourist season approaching (and inspired by an email asking about this) I want to offer some thoughts on the weather. Things you will not see/understand with a short visit or even with a few months in Nicaragua.

There are really two seasons in Nicaragua—rainy and dry. While there are variations, the typical dry season is November to April. Rainy season is May through October with October generally being the month of the most rain.

Philippines or Nicaragua?

Hi all, New to this site; I'm Goran Bockman, a 62 yo Swede, who works online as a media analyst. Living in the UK, I'm married to a Pakistani lady lawyer. I'm looking for the perfect spot to retire, which should include year round summer and modest cost of living. After extensive research I have narrowed the alternatives down to the Philippines or Nicaragua.


Anyone know who the US rep/warden for Granada is, and how to reach them? A very good friend of mine passed away on July 1, and I have only just now learned about it. He has three adult children in the States, and they too have just learned of their father's death. He had a very young Nica girlfriend, had two kids with her, and owned two properties....Not sure what will be left by the time anyone from the US gets in touch with the girlfriend, so any assistance would be appreciated.

Driving to Nica

So as my Idea of Nica becomes closer and closer to reality, I started thinking....I know dangerous right! What do you think about driving from The US to Nica? My thought is that I own my vehicle( so I have a clear title) and for a lot less than the cost of shipping, I could Load up the SUV and maybe a small tow behind trailer and use the trip down to collect some passport stamps, see a few interesting place, and teach my daughter about the countries we go through.

Ton of questions about moving to Nicaragua

Spouse and I are planning to move to Nicaragua as retirees - pensiones? We would really appreciate some advice from those who've already made the leap.

Can anyone recommend a good shipping company from W coast of USA? Should we buy or rent a container and bring household goods? I know this has been addressed elsewhere, but I have treasured antiques and collectibles I don't want to replace. Lots of sentimental value.

In addition to family heirlooms etc. I'm getting the picture here that we should bring tools, kitchenware and electronics. Is that right? How about my iphone? Are they supported in Nicaragua?

What about Ecuador?

If you once lived in Ecuador, but resettled in Nicaragua, why?

Or, if you also researched Ecuador, but came to Nicaragua instead, why?

What Makes One Middle Class?

When considering a new place to live, one of the first things you will hear is "in the third world, people are poor". Yeah, a no-brainer but you then hear countries such as Nicaragua have a very small middle class. Depending on how you measure this, you may come to a different conclusion. Let's look at your first-world definition and see how it applies in Nicaragua.

If you are from a typical first world country, these are some of the characteristics may assign to a typical middle class family.

Books and movies

Part of my mental preparation for migration that I have found helpful in my past is the literary and digital story. Some of theses are no more than fanciful renditions of one perspective of a reality. Other accounts are more heavily supported by "facts". Though I know that history is most often written by the "winners", I still lean toward doing some homework. Currently, I am reading, "Blood of Brothers ~ Life and War in Nicaragua" by Kinzer. I would appreciate any comments by indigenous Nicaraguans, and others, on this and other works that are available out in the net-sphere.

Where is "your home"?

In we seem to have drifted far off from the original topic. The current discussion seems to be about where you identify with. What I find interesting is that the right answer is going to be different for each of us. That is, for some, home will be where you grew up, for others, home will be the favorite place you lived or the place where you now live.

Los Llanos, Esteli

does any one have anything to say about this location (weather, people, developments, truism etc) I am planning a trip to the mother land and stay for about 1 year, and a property opened up for really good price, but I don't know the area at all. I do know Esteli and pueblo nuevo. but i wanted to live (or at least have the option to live) in the country, and seems remote enough to have real rural taste of life.

Help a brother out!


The report, Preach What You Practice: The Separation of Military and Police Roles in the Americas, from the Washington Office on

"Provides a background briefing on key distinctions between military and police functions. It calls on the Obama Administration to change direction, and stop encouraging the military forces of other countries to take on roles that would be illegal for the U.S. Armed Forces to carry out at home. The authors, a team of WOLA's regional security experts, set out specific steps to be taken by both United States and countries in the region".

Yes Folks, we are #1...."The world's top retirement havens for 2011".

Now, it's very clear that Don Key West or Granada Sherif did not write this blurb on Nicaragua:

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