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Valeria Espinoza of Gran Pacifica – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Gran Pacifica Nicaragua as viewed from the air – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingWhich are the worst places in Nicaragua to live and retire depends on what you like.
 
For example, most of the expats I’ve met don’t like the central city area of Managua, because it’s too crowded, disorganized, the traffic is terrible and it gets messy very easily. By the way, I live in the city area of Managua, but I totally understand how some people feel about living there, because many people are looking for a peaceful and relaxing atmosphere. However, if you don’t live in the main central part of the city of Managua, and instead live in Villa El Carmen or San Rafael del Sur, where all of the Managua beaches are located, like Gran Pacifica (pictured above; definitely not like the city area), Masachapa, or Pochomil, it’s a totally different and quiet atmosphere.  Yet, for lack of a better name for the beaches areas, they’re still sometimes called “Managua”, even though living at the beaches is nothing like living in the central part of the city.
 
Some people don’t like the beaches, so they think the beach is not a good place to retire.  They prefer the mountains, lakes or lagoon, so like I said in the beginning the best or worst place to retire in Nicaragua will always depend on your taste.
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Beach at Carazo, Nicaragua – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingThe worst place to live in Nicaragua depends on what you would describe as the worst.  For example, if you want to be close to where there’s a lot of action and a lot of things to do and nightlife, then you would want to be close to Granada or San Juan Del Sur, or Managua. If you want the tranquility of being in nature and to enjoying the quiet life, well then places like Jinotega or Matagalpa or even in Carazo would be good for you.  These are all the places that are very quiet, very low key.  If you want something that’s really “out there,” well, then you could try the Caribbean side, the Atlantic side of Nicaragua. By the Caribbean Sea you’ll be in a place that’s remote, separated from nightlife, very low key, and very simple but you have the beautiful Caribbean and white sand beaches.
 
So, the worst place in Nicaragua to live if you like nightlife and thing do would be the Caribbean side, while the best places would be Granada, San Juan del Sur or Managua.
 
(Beach at Carazo, Nicaragua, pictured.)
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Bluefields on the east coast Nicaragua, – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingNo matter what place I say is among the worst places in Nicaragua to live and retire, there will be a group of expats would rise up against me and state something different.
 
Certainly the east coast of Nicaragua is knockout gorgeous. It’s just so wild still – the titles to the land may not be good, there’s really no police presence, the infrastructure such as electricity and water doesn’t exist, and there are no roads to the east coast.  They’re getting ready to build the first one soon, so until that happens you’re going to have to get there by boat, which takes several hours. So, from a personal perspective, I would say that’s beyond what I would be willing to do.  I don’t mind living basically, but for me, that’s going a little bit too far. However, I do like to visit there because it’s truly unspoiled.
 
Other than that, everybody has his or her own preferences.  For example, a lot of people come to Granada (where I live) and they say it’s too hot for them.  They say the same thing about Leon, which is even hotter than Granada. It all depends on what somebody is looking for.
 
Part of the comfort factor for us is that we like having expats here because, while many people come down here and say, “I moved into the local community to be part of the local community and not to live with other expats, etc.” the reality is, you need to speak to someone of a similar cultural and educational background from time to time.  For example, I wouldn’t mind living in Esteli, Matagalpa, or Jinotega up in the mountains, but some of those places have so few expats it just won’t be satisfying for me.  
 
(Bluefields on the east coast Nicaragua, pictured.)
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Managua, Nicaragua at night – Best Places In The World To Retire – International Living
I would say Managua is the worst place in Nicaragua to retire, not because it is awful, but if you are going to retire, I would think that you would want something more relaxed, so you would seek a place with no traffic, in a natural environment. I would recommend to anybody going to retire to go outside of the capital. My recommendation would be to go to the beaches or the mountains.
 
In Managua, there is more traffic and it is not much different than other the cities that you left.  It would still have the same level of traffic, congestion, and pollution, and it’s not a natural life. If I were to retire, I would go to a special place where I would feel more like I am the owner of the place.
 
I live in Managua, so it is not a bad place, but it is just a bad place to retire.
 
(The city lights of Managua, Nicaragua at night, pictured.)
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Galeria Siman Managua – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingThe worst places in Nicaragua to live and retire would probably be the urban areas of Managua. In contrast, the rural areas are actually the ones that catch more attraction because we have nice beaches in Nicaragua.  The reasons that you would not want to be in urban Managua is because it does not have the things that people move to Nicaragua for, which would be the beaches, beautiful nature, etc.
 
Although, this is not the same for everybody. There are some Americans who fall in love with living in Managua. It just depends on your preference. Managua is a growing city with more and more cars and lots of traffic, so living there living there is like living in a bustling urban area. It could also get pretty hot there.  If you are a person who likes urban living, there is no reason why you wouldn’t like Managua. I would just suggest that you steer clear of places that have a higher crime rate, which are limited to only in certain parts of Managua. Other than that, Managua is a pretty nice place, which is also pretty close to some beautiful beaches and a beautiful lake.
 
The northern parts of Nicaragua are nice places, too. Even the east coast (Caribbean) areas of Nicaragua has an appeal. You will find lush greens, sandy beaches and clear water. They all have their appeal and I think it just depends on a person’s preference.
 
*In photo: Galeria Siman in Managua

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