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Carlos Roman Gutierrez Solis of Casa Granada Properties – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account

We have a tropical climate in Nicaragua so people mostly love to go out in jeans and t-shirts or any cotton clothing because you need to stay cool. Polo shirts and formal cotton t-shirts are very common, too.

You will only see people in formal clothes if they go to offices. That is where you will see men wearing neckties but obviously, there is air-conditioning in their offices. A person like me, whose work is to go around and show people some properties or meet with clients in different places, would wear jeans and sneakers on any normal day.

Valeria Espinoza of Gran Pacifica – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
The dress code in Nicaragua is very casual. However the dress code will always depend on the purpose of your visit and the time of the year you are coming. 
 
If you are planning a vacation trip to Nicaragua, and you are a man, you can wear khaki pants, black pants, or jeans, with t-shirts or very lightweight shirts. You can wear your tennis shoes, sandals or even flip flops unless you are planning to explore the mountains, for which we strongly suggest to have jeans and long sleeve T-shirts, with either boots or sneakers. If you are a woman, you can wear shorts or jeans with t-shirts or buttoned shirts, or dresses, flip-flops, sandals, tennis shoes.
 
Don't forget to bring your swimsuit, sunglasses and a hat, and keep your sunscreen and bug spray handy. 
 
If you are planning to live in Nicaragua full time, I would encourage that you have a little bit of everything in your closet, because I'm sure you will make a lot of friends and have many social events where you will have to wear more dressy clothes. Nicaraguans are very social and tend to make family reunions very often. 
 
If you plan to visit during rainy season, just bring your raincoat and jeans. October is when we get most of the rain in Nicaragua. 
 
Nicaraguans don't tend to wear suits and ties, unless it's a wedding, or a very formal business meeting. You can always wear buttoned shirts long / short sleeves and slacks. Women will always looks great with a nice dress. 
 
Nicaragua is a very relaxing, adventurous, full of activities country. Make sure to do some research about the places you want to visit, to make sure you have the right outfit for it. 
Miguel Moran – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Tourists in Nicaragua – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingThe dress code in Granada, Nicaragua is pretty open. Nicaragua is a tropical country so you expect people to be wearing a lot of shorts and t-shirts or short-sleeved shirts. The basic dress code is either jeans with a t-shirt or a short-sleeved shirt with a pair of shorts. 
 
The dress code of women in Granada is the same as what you see women wearing in the States during summer. Women wear short dresses or shorts. The younger ones adore wearing shorter shorts. Nicaragua is an all-year summer country. 
 
Expats would be wearing more colorful shirts, which is one of the differences I've noticed between how the expats and local Nicas (“Nica” is the local word for “Nicaraguan) dress. Expats wear more short-sleeved shirts, whereas the Nicas would be wearing more t-shirts.  
 
(Tourists in Nicaragua, pictured.)
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US expats with Nicaragua shopkeepers and friends, San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingThe dress code in Nicaragua will depend on where you are. 
 
Here in San Juan Del Sur, the dress code is very casual for foreigners. In fact, we look very sloppy compared to Nicaraguans because we're in vacation and in a relaxed mode. 
 
My typical dress day-to-day consists of simple clothing such as cotton shorts, a cotton tank top, flip-flops, and a little sundress; nothing fancy. 
 
If you do put on a nicer blouse or dress and you go out for just happy hour or you're walking around in the afternoon, it's not uncommon for someone to ask you where you're going or what you're doing and say, "Are you going to a wedding? Why are you so dressed up?" 
 
Locals, on the other hand, when they go into a bank, they're always wearing long pants for men, closed shoes, taking their hats off when they enter and also when they go into any government office. Locals take more pride in their appearance than most of us foreigners who are living here in San Juan Del Sur.
 
On the rare occasion that we travel to Managua, we wear long pants and put on our nicer clothes because that is more acceptable and common in the city to be more properly dressed. I would feel out of place if I were to show up at a restaurant or a shopping mall in Managua with my beach attire on.
 
Granada is not as casual as San Juan Del Sur, but definitely not as dressed up as Managua.
 
If you're a fashionista and you want to go to Nicaragua, you will fit right in in Managua or some of the bigger cities. When I've been in the shopping malls or restaurants in Managua, men are dressed well, as are women, with heels, designer handbags, designer watches, hair done nice, and with full make up on. They're dressed very similar how I would dress if I were in the city of Calgary where I used to live.
 
(US expats with Nicaragua shopkeepers and friends, San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua, pictured.) 
Marissa Gabrielle Lolk of Jireh Dental Care – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
J. Crewe catalog page – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingThe people here in Nicaragua are preppy, in general. They are conscious about their looks and looking neat and clean.
 
One of the biggest accomplishments here is to look like you haven’t been sweating the whole day, so people try to look a bit fresh and make sure that they smell really nice. That is something people really go for here because it is hot, so the goal of most people is to look like they just got out of the shower and look nice and clean and put together with their clothes that are really taken care of.
 
The higher-class locals look like they came out of Gap or J. Crew. I know a lot of people who shop from there or they try to emulate the catalog. The other locals do not care about brands. They do not have any preference for clothing just as long as they look nice and neat. Somebody could be wearing a polka dot shirt with a floral skirt. They don’t really know about fashion as much because it is not something that is really important to middle or lower class locals. They just want to look clean.
 
Here in Nicaragua, people judge you based on your appearance and on how put together you are. It is something that is very Nicaraguan. You have to look presentable all the time no matter what strata you are in the society. That is something that they value highly here.  
 
(J. Crewe catalog page, pictured.)
Esmerelda Vargas of Schuvar Tours – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
wedding in Nicaragua – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingThe dress code in Nicaragua is very similar to how people dress in Miami, Florida, where I used to live. In Miami, people wear smart casual and it’s like that here in Nicaragua. It is very casual. If you are thinking of living in San Juan Del Sur, you can dress even more casually.
 
On a normal day in Managua, you can wear jeans with a t-shirt. If you want to be a little bit more formal, you can wear khakis and t-shirts or shorts or long sleeves for men. Women wear black pants, jeans, and shorts.
 
If you are a woman and you want to be a little bit more formal, you can wear a dress. It depends on what you are looking for and where you are going. If you are invited to a wedding, or a birthday that is more elegant, then you dress like you would in the US. You can wear suits or long dresses. It is very similar to how North Americans dress.  It all depends on the occasion.
 
(Wedding in Nicaragua, pictured.)
Darrell Bushnell – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
In most Latin American countries, you are expected to be more formal. They wear slacks and they always wear long-sleeved shirts if they are going out to dinner. In Nicaragua, that is just not true. A friend of mine has a saying, “In Nicaragua, you can never be too under-dressed and never be too late!”
 
I do not really like shorts, but after a while of being here, I also now wear shorts and t-shirts just about everywhere, except if I am going to an event. It is easier for women to dress up in that they wear dresses. But in general, the dress code in Nicaragua is extremely casual.
John-Marc Gallagher of Granada Property Services – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account

How people dress here in Nicaragua is different from how people dress in the United States. Grown men here in Nicaragua do not wear shorts unless they are at the beach. Even if it is 110 degrees, which it often is in Granada, they wear long pants or jeans paired with button down shirts, collared shirts, or any kind of polo shirt. There were a few times in the past when I have worn shorts and tee shirts in town, and people said to me, ‘Oh you just came back from the beach!’ or ‘Are you going to the beach today?’

Nicaraguans are a little more formal in their attire. When you are in the city, you dress for the city. In the first five or six years that I lived in Granada, I always wore long pants. I have started to break from that and now I wear cargo shorts. I always dress nicely and I never wear tee shirts. I always wear collared shirts, which are usually linen. Therefore, I am dressed up from waist up and casual from waist down. It is a cultural taboo to be dressed the way I am in a city. Gringos do that all the time and it is OK if you are on vacation but as a businessperson, I am not dressed appropriately and I have not been dressed appropriately for quite some time. I look as if I am on vacation. It is generally OK to wear shorts in the city if you are a vacationer but not a businessperson - you have to wear long pants. I always wear long pants when I go to Managua to see my attorney or to go to the mall.

Maria Acosta of Title Coordination Services (TCS) – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
On a weekend, an average Nicaraguan’s dress code would be a simple shirt, shorts or jeans.
 
When you are at work, it’s pretty much business casual. Men wear a good pair of slacks, button-down shirt and a tie. Women will wear either a skirt or a dress, and definitely, no jeans.
 
Around 2006, the government issued a very relaxed business dress code, which included people not really being required to wear a suit and tie, primarily because of the hot weather.  The only people who are required to wear a suit and tie are either lawyers or people who are working in a bank or insurance company. I worked at an Internet company here in Nicaragua for 11 years and the only time I ever wore a suit was when we were having a meeting at a bank.
 
Some Nicaraguans like to dress up. For example, there are places in which jeans would be appropriate but some girls are in full dress with makeup. Sometimes you would think it’s a little bit too much. Maybe I’m just more used to a laid back kind of style
 
In general, the locals here in Nicaragua are concerned about their appearance. If people get invited to certain formal occasions, they’ll try their best to look good so they won’t feel out of place and also to show respect to the host.
 
Many of the expats here in Nicaragua are retired and live at Monte Cristo or in other beach communities. At the beach communities, it’s a different kind of dress code, which includes items more along the lines of flip-flops, shorts and tank tops.
 
The expats who are in Granada or San Juan del Sur tend to have their own businesses and their clothing choices are very laid back, so you’ll see a bunch of them wearing shorts. In Managua, I don’t see a lot of expats. The ones I do see, for the most part, are working, so they usually wear business casual.
 
If you are in Granada, especially during the night at La Calzada (where there are many restaurants), dressing up is okay.  

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