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Valeria Espinoza of Gran Pacifica – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Nicaragua expats playing golf at the ocean – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingThe number of expats living in Nicaragua is increasing every year.  According to Immigration numbers about 60% of them come from Central American countries and about 40% are from the US, Canada and Europe.  The country with the highest number of people coming to Nicaragua is the United States.
 
There are about 20,000 expat residents living in different cities of Nicaragua.  However there is an additional number who are not included in this number who enter the country and leave the country every three months, so they still have the tourist status. I’m sure it’s a very high number who do that. 
 
Nicaragua is becoming a very popular destination, not only for retirement, but also for investment opportunities, so more people from countries like China, Taiwan, Spain, Italy, Venezuela, Sweden and France are making a presence here. It feels like more and more expats from Europe are visiting to make Nicaragua their home.
 
Managua, Leon, Granada and San Juan del Sur are the cities where most expats retirees live. If the purpose is setting up a business, where to set up the location always depends on the type of business.
Carolyn Membreño of León Travel Bureau – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Bicycle ride for hire, Leon, Nicaragua – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingIn Leon, where I live, they may be a few hundred expats. In Managua, which is the capital, there maybe several thousand expats. In Leon, however, you will regularly run into a lot of tourists and backpackers.
 
How many foreigners you will see also depends on where you are going. For example, there is a higher possibility to run into a foreigner if you go to the supermarket than if you go to the mercado (public market).
 
Leon is a close-knit community and the expats who live here usually congregate amongst themselves.
 
If you go to Granada, you would find expats everywhere. The same is true in San Juan Del Sur. It is not that Leon is not as friendly to expats. It is just that other towns are more expat-developed such as Granada and San Juan Del Sur. These two places are heavily tourist-oriented and tourist-driven. Leon doesn’t have the tourist infrastructure that attracts expats.
 
(Bicycle ride for hire, Leon, Nicaragua, pictured.)
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Phyllis_M_Powers US ambassador to Nicaragua – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingThe US embassy will say there are 5,000 to 8,000 expats living in Nicaragua, but we think there are about four thousand. 
 
We have a lot of people who are not here permanently.  Some have businesses here and they’re here six months a year, or maybe just a few months at a time.  I’m starting to see a situation more like the Florida, where during the winter people come down like snowbirds.  
 
(Phyllis M. Powers, the  US ambassador to Nicaragua, pictured.)

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