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Paul Daemen of Aurora Granada – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Do you need a car in Granada? Most say no. But here is a question: do you plan to travel around Nicaragua and do you like to depend on others - i.e., taxi or others to take you around.
 
We own a car and a motorcycle since we have an active real estate business. Nevertheless, I would still own a car or at least a motorbike to allow me to drive around when I need something or meet up with friends, or go out for a meal. I certainly don't like to depend on others. If you own a car there are costs involved such as insurance and maintenance, but if you use the taxi service in and around town you will survive and save money.
 
On a side note: If you are retired you can also purchase a car tax and duty free so that's a great savings, assuming you applied for the pensionado program. 
Miguel Moran – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
You don't really need to own a car in Granada, Nicaragua. There are different ways to get around Granada. 

There are taxis that take you around the historical center of Granada for 30 córdobas (US $1). Most people in Nicaragua use taxis a lot. For expats, a taxi ride is cheap, but for locals it's a bit expensive. To go around New York, the taxi fare would be way more than $10. In Granada, it's only $1.
 
There are also the "coches de caballos" (horse-drawn carriages). 
 
There are also some small buses that go around the city.  
Carlos Roman Gutierrez Solis of Casa Granada Properties – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Horse drawn cart, Granada, Nicaragua – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingYou don’t need to own a car in Granada, Nicaragua, which is one of the things I like about this city; it’s a boutique city. Granada is only about 10 blocks around and you can see the entire city right away. If you need a ride, you can easily get a taxi and it’s only going to cost you US $1. It’s no big deal. 
 
You need a car if you want to go to Managua but you can just rent one for $45. You can use the rental car for a couple of days. Overall, you don’t need a car here in Granada if you’re only staying here for short term. If you’re planning to stay here on a long-term basis, you can easily transport yourself via car from your home to your work or to your business, or to visit other places like San Juan Del Sur or just explore the country of Nicaragua. It is more practical and easier to have a car here if you’re living here because unfortunately, the public transportation here would not help you when you have plans because there will be delays. If you have a plan, you’re working, or you’re representing a company, you need to move faster and depending on public transportation is not the best way to do that. You cannot count on the public transportation if you want to stick to your schedule. It’s not like New York where you know that the subway train will arrive at exactly 5:10 and you can count on it. Here in Granada, if you want things to move faster and if you want things to move continuously, you definitely need a car. You don’t need one if you’re only on vacation and you’re just taking things easy.
 
(Horse drawn cart, Granada, Nicaragua, pictured.) 
Esmerelda Vargas of Schuvar Tours – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Granada, Nicaragua, high up view – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingYou don’t really have to own a car in Granada, Nicaragua, if you just want to stay within the city, because everything is within walking distance. If you really need to take a car someplace, you can take a taxi. If you are planning to go to Managua, or if you want to go to the beach, then you need a car. If you are just on vacation then you can just rent a car for just what you want to do. 
 
If you live within the central area of Granada, you can walk to places.  But if you want to go to other places such as if you want to go to the lake or if you want to go to Managua to go shopping, or to the ocean, you would need some way to get there, so for these trips, a car is recommended. An alternative is to get a car rental and ask the driver to just charge you one way since you could take a taxi to all these places if you wanted to. However, if you were going to Managua, taking a taxi or always renting a car would be a bit expensive.
Janice Gallagher of Granada Property Services – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Many people in Granada, Nicaragua do not ownHorse drawn carriages in Granada Nicaragua – Best Places In The World To Retire – International Living cars as it is so easy to walk around the city for almost anything you need. Taxi service about town is only about $.45 per person and there are also horse drawn carriages that will take you where you want to go. Bus service to almost anywhere in the country is also available in Granada.  An "express" bus (not sure why they call it that because it makes about 100 stops along the way!) to Managua is only about $1 so it is easy to get to the mall, shop, take in a movie and get back to Granada for so little money!

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