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Bea Bowersmith dancing with local kids in Nicaragua – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingThe expats in Granada, Nicaragua are treated very well.
 
Granada has one of the highest concentrations of expats in Nicaragua and even so, it’s less than half of 1%, but obviously they own more of a property and other things.
 
I can give you stories where there were clashes between expats and locals, but there are usually reasons and the conflict would be more between two groups of individuals, as opposed to be because of a problem with one being an expat and one being a local.  I don’t see too many problems at all.
 
One thing that is very nice about the Nicaraguan people, and which is one of the reasons we chose Nicaragua, is that they’re so friendly that even if they have a serious disagreement, for example, with our government’s choices, they don’t hold it against the US expats. They have a more global view than many people in the US.  The history between the US and Nicaragua has gone awful. If I was a Nicaraguan, I’d probably be extremely upset, but they are not.  
 
(Bea Bowersmith dancing with local kids in Nicaragua, pictured).
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Restaurant in downtown Granada, Nicaragua – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingThe expats in Granada, Nicaragua are treated very well.  You will see a lot of foreigners in Granada. 
 
In Granada, you can tell that the foreign people feel safe and they like how Nicaraguans treat them because so many foreigners are investing in different businesses such as hotels, restaurants, etc. Other foreigners buy houses that they use to live in full time or they have for long-term vacations. They come back and forth to Nicaragua, so we know that they feel fine here. I don’t ever hear that Nicaraguans are upset at the foreigners. 
 
(Pictured: restaurant in downtown Granada, Nicaragua.)
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Hostal Amigas de la Casa Roja, Nicaragua – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingExpats in Granada are treated very well. The local Granadinos always try our best to make them feel very welcome. If they want to get internet or cable TV, for example, expats are very well attended by the local vendors and we try to make them feel welcome.
 
(Hostal Amigas de la Casa Roja, pictured.)
Carlos Roman Gutierrez Solis of Casa Granada Properties – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account

Nicaraguans have no problems with Americans living in Granada. If you treat people well, they get back to you very nicely. If you pretend to be smarter than them, they will not help you or they will not go with you. How you treat others is how you are going to be treated.

Nicaraguans do not discriminate so expats are treated just the same as locals are treated. We go out with expats and do business with them. If you help and you are a good person, people are going to notice right away and will appreciate that. However, just like anywhere, there are people who will try to steal from you and you have to be cautious. There may be some people who will try to take advantage of you and another Granadino (a "Granadino" is a person from Granada) will warn you not to hang out with these people.

I have a friend, Darrel Bushnell, who is the best example of someone who tries to interact with the local community here. He is a person who teaches and motivates people to do well and make something out of themselves. He always talks with Nicaraguan parents, he play movies every Friday, and people love him because he is very nice but he never gives things away. He always makes people work. Whenever you do him a favor, he will give you something. Just like anywhere in the world, if you treat kids well, and you teach them, people will notice and they will appreciate what you did.

Parents in Granada are very conservative. So they love to see you interact with their kids. They also pay attention to be sure that you are not the kind of American who only comes to look for kids, or have sex or do bad things, because those things happen here, too. Therefore, we pay attention to be sure that you are not that kind of person. Nicaraguans do not have the same level of experience as people do in other places, so they may not be as cynical and maybe a little more naive and trusting than people in other places.

In general, there is no built in prejudice against foreigners at all. In my opinion, there are no specific judgments about what expats are like. Nicaraguans’ perception of Americans is influenced by their experience.  Some Nicaraguans will have more worldly experience like living in the United States, while others who have lived in Granada their whole life just take it that Americans come and like it here in Granada because it is cheap and the Americans have a lot of money.

Janice Gallagher of Granada Property Services – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
The question about how Americans and other expats are treated in Granada Nicaragua is always a funny question to me because I have lived out of the United States for so long. But, in reality, the Nicaraguan people, especially in Granada because of the tourist industry, treat all foreigners with respect.  They are so willing to help and to communicate with you. They are the first to come to your defense if someone treats you badly and the first to make excuses for you in the event you do something truly stupid like tell everyone you are "pregnant" when you meant to use the word for "embarrassed".
 
Your employees will invite you to their children's birthday parties or their wedding, keeping a very special seat for you right at the front with the family. They are proud and honest people on the whole and will become a part of your life, a part of your family. 
 
Now, not to say that you won't run into that one surly taxi driver that runs the stop sign, cuts you off at the intersection and when you honk at him, he screams at you "This is my country, I can do what I want!". I just never understand that. 

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