"We’re Gordon and Elisha — a semi-retired Canadian couple who has been living and loving life in Nicaragua since December 2011. Currently we reside on Pacific coast in the colourful beach town San Juan del Sur. Together we created this blog so we could share our Nicaraguan expat experience with you. Cheers and thanks for checking us out!" - Gordon and Elisha -
Hi! My name is Jim Veinot, and I’m a travelling boomer; I was born in 1947 so I’m a first year boomer from Canada, “the true North strong and free.” My goals are to explore different countries and to share my thoughts with anyone that wishes to hear them/read them. I’m also looking for a place to retire with a low cost of living and lots of sunshine.
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Power Source and outlets: Voltage: 120 V, Frequency: 60 Hz, Power sockets: Type: A
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As a tropical country, Nicaragua has two distinct seasons: the wet season, and the dry season. The rainy season lasts from May to October, and the wettest months are September until November. Between November and April is the dry season, the driest Months are between March and May, which are also the hottest months.
Service Providers: Movistar, Claro, Cootel
As usual, in order to have your device function in another country, be sure your smart phone is UNLOCKED.
Networks offer 2G/3G availability and will vary depending on which region you are in. Movistar and Claro have about 50% market. In 2015 Both companies have started 4G/LTE in Managua. In 2016 CooTel started with 3G on the AWS (1700/2100 MHz) frequency, but uses it's own technology, for which you will probably need a new device. Cell shops are easy to find, obtaining a local sim card is not to difficult and relatively cheap. Make sure when you purchase, you and the seller understand EXACTLY what the plan is with the sim and MAKE SURE it works before you leave the store.
Visa & Mastercard accepted, ATM's issue USD and Nicaruaga Cordoba currency.
The best advice I can give here is to use the Chicken Buses (Old American School Buses) to get around in your local areas. Even thou they get crammed up the wazoo with people and even live stock, it is the most affordable way to get around. Now if you have the budget, renting a car is an option. Nicaragua might be one of the easier countries in Latin America to navigate and get around. However, be prepared for "routine police checkpoints" and like in other Latin countries, such as Costa Rica, foreigners are targets for bribes, even when you have done nothing wrong. Make sure you have all your paperwork and VISA on hand if ever stopped by police. Being in a rental car, if you decide to go "off the beaten path" DO NOT leave your car unattended for too long or DO NOT leave valuables either. Rentals cars are a huge "I'm a tourist" sign and well, there is about a 98% chance it will be broken into. Avoid driving at night, dodging cows, bikes, running children, pot holes is a whole new adventure. Be safe, steer only in daylight.
One thing you can also do is, get a local to drive you around, no one knows better then a local, and it will not cost you much. Imagine one of the poorest countries in Latin America and you offer a local $5USD, it will go a long way. Always stay safe and do not trust just anyone.
Outside of the tourist areas, most Nicaraguans don’t tip and taxi drivers don’t expect a tip.
Long Distance and International Bus Travel:
Managua to San Jose
Nicaragua to Honduras
Tica Bus: Cross Border Travel - Tel: 505 2298 5500
Managua to San Jose (Costa Rica
Managua to San Salvador (El Salvador)
Managua to Tegucigalpa (Honduras)
León Cathedral - Built between 1747 and the early 19th century to the design of Guatemalan architect Diego José de Porres Esquivel, the monument expresses the transition from Baroque to Neoclassical architecture and its style can be considered to be eclectic. The Cathedral is characterized by the sobriety of its interior decoration and the abundance of natural light. - Google Maps
Ruins of León Viejo - León Viejo is one of the oldest Spanish colonial settlements in the Americas. It did not develop and so its ruins are outstanding testimony to the social and economic structures of the Spanish Empire in the 16th century. - Google Maps
Cerro Negro - Volcano Boarding: In need of an adrenaline rush? Be armed with plywood boards and hike up the 1,600-foot volcanic slope of Cerro Negro (Black Hill) just outside of León and hurtle down on volcano boards at speeds of up to 50 miles per hour. If you are going to do this, please cover up well with protection. - Google Maps
Volcán Concepción (Difficulty - Advanced) - Concepción is one of two volcanoes that form the island of Ometepe, which is situated in Lake Nicaragua in Nicaragua - Google Maps
Cosiguina Volcano (Difficulty - Easy) - Cosigüina is a stratovolcano located in the western part of Nicaragua. It forms a large peninsula extending into the Gulf of Fonseca - Google Maps
(Within a 20 KM radius)
Welcome to Nicaragua, home to 19 Volcanoes for a country that has 119,990 km2 of land.
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Nicaragua official language: Spanish // Country Capital: Managua // Approximate population: 6.15 Million // Average annual salary: 3000 USD // Government type: Presidential system: Current President: Daniel Ortega // Emergency Phone Numbers: Police 118, Fire 115, Red Cross 128, Tourist Hot Line 101 // Tourists can get up to a 90 day stamp for visiting, entirely at the immigration officers discretion.