Saturday, February 11, 2012

So you think you might want to move to Nicaragua - Part 2

Research is all well and good but if you don’t know yourself it isn’t going to help you much.

I know many people who love to camp.  I do too. However, there is a wide variety in camping styles.  Some people love to ruff it – you know the ones.  They love to go way out in the sticks, sleep in the open or in a basic pup tent, use the bushes for the necessities and cook on an open flame.  On the other extreme are those who want all of the comforts of home – right down to the dishwasher and the heated toilet seats.

For me, I am somewhere in the middle.  I don’t want to sleep on the ground or use an outhouse and forget the bushes.  I like a bed and flush toilet.  I have done some basic cooking on a fire – like a hotdog on a stick, but prefer a cooktop or bet yet a little barbeque.

So, when you are thinking of moving to another country, and especially one that has challenges as far as Canadian and American standards are concerned, you need to analyse what comforts you need and what you can do without. In Nicaragua you can certainly get high class homes with beautiful amenities, fantastic views and most, if not all, of the comforts from your home country. Or, you can scale down your expectations to, well almost a shack with a dirt floor. Most of us will be looking for something somewhere in the middle.  Only you will know what you can live with.

SJDS Beach

When we were doing our research we realized that a small city or town would fit our needs. We have no desire to live in a large city like Managua any more than I would have lived in Toronto. So when you are looking to move to Nicaragua you need to find out what different areas of the country can offer you.  Do you want to live on the beach? Maybe San Juan del Sur is the place for you or perhaps Poneloya if you want somewhere less touristy.  Do you long for cool mountain air? Then Matagalpa might be the place for you. Is it Island life you are looking for? You can find this on the Isletas of Granada or Isla Ometepe.  Nicaragua also has the magic of the Caribbean and remote areas where basic amenities are all that is available.  The point is – you need to know what you want from your new destination and only you can answer that.
Las Isletas, Granada

When we were conducting our fact finding of where we wanted to settle in Nicaragua, we found the Moon Handbook – Living Abroad in Nicaragua invaluable.  I read it cover to cover a couple of times and even made notes in the margins.

We would love to know what source you found useful when deciding to move to Nicaragua.  Please leave us a comment and help other readers in their fact finding.