Americans and expats in Managua are treated well. If you lived here, you would know that there is no discrimination towards foreigners, whether they are Americans, Canadians or Europeans. Nicaraguans are usually welcoming because we have come to understand that foreigners are here for business in general or, many times, more specifically, for doing something in the tourism industry, and this means revenue for Nicaraguans who can benefit from this, either by working directly in this industry, or indirectly, as a result of spin- off economic activity.
There is no concern or bad feelings between the Managuans and the foreigners. It’s not something that I’ve seen or that I heard from Americans or anybody else. I would say that it is a pretty positive environment. I have never heard that Americans or other expats felt discriminated against or treated differently.
Many of the American investors who come to Nicaragua for the first time, and not just for a quick visit, have their perception of the country changed drastically. They usually have very low expectations, but once they’ve been here and they’ve seen the city and they talk to the people, they realize that it’s actually a much more positive environment than they’ve imagined. They usually highlight the fact that Nicaraguans are actually friendly. I think that’s a characteristic of Nicaraguans that most foreigners agree on.