Who your neighbors would be in Nicaragua depends on where you live. My neighbors are pretty cool. Some of them speak English, and some of them actually went to school in the US and then came back. Some of my neighbors are Brazilian, so they speak Portuguese. There is a mix of everything so who your neighbors are would really depend on where you live.
If you’re an expat that has gotten it into your mind that you will live at the beach, then you’re probably going to run into a lot of foreigners.
If you’re an expat who’s thinking you would live up in the mountains up north then you will probably meet a lot of people that are country folk or simple folk. They are very sweet but they do not have much exposure to culture because they are up north.
People from Leon or those from the south are also really sweet. They do not look like they live in the city even if they are living in the city. They are just ordinary people who like to help you get around so if you ask for help, they will help you out and explain things to you. They will explain the white taxi to you, and where you get charged a little bit more if you look foreign. In Nicaragua, if you are gringo but you know the ropes, they would not charge you ”the gringo tax.” Just tell them, “No, I know that’s not what it costs.” You also haggle in the market.
My neighbors in Managua are different from the neighbors in South Pasadena, California, where I come from, in a sense that my neighbors here have this Latin American vibe. People here are more laidback. I live in a gated community so everybody knows everybody, which is something that you do not have in the States. In the States, I never got to know my neighbors. I wouldn’t go to their house and have a barbecue with them. But now, I’d go to my neighbor’s house, I’d have a glass of wine, have a barbecue, etc.