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Gordon MacKay of InNicaNow.com – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Volunteering with Manos Unidos to help people with disabilites, San Juan del Sur, Mexico – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingMost Nicaraguans are shy by nature. When they meet people, they’re not outgoing or super friendly. Nicaraguans are a little bit subdued. They see so many different tourists and expats here in San Juan del Sur that they will wait for you to make the first move to show the kind of person that you are.
 
The expats who are here in San Juan del Sur are here to help the community and be part of things. They want the community to be better. The Nicaraguans love the kind of people who want to make the community better. I have very good relationships with hundreds of locals in San Juan del Sur.
 
The expats who come to Nicaragua who don’t ever want to learn a word of Spanish, don’t want to get to know any Nicaraguan or be a part of a community are treated how they should be treated- they are ignored. Most Nicaraguans have been in terrible situations- they’ve all had the worst things happen and they’ve all been without,  so they’re always there when they have someone there to help out their friends. 
 
I’ve needed help many times as an expat here in Nicaragua. As an expat in Nicaragua, you’re here without your friends or family, so your support structure consists of local people who are always extremely helpful and amazing to us because we’ve always shown respect and we’ve always been a part of the community. If you’re someone who has no respect for the community here in Nicaragua, you’re not going to find any help; you will have to figure things out on your own.
 
Nicaraguans are not really happy about the American government and how they’ve stepped in on things, but they don’t figure that translates to the average person. Most Nicaraguans are not happy with all the moves that their government makes, either, but they know it’s not their fault that those moves have been made.
 
I haven’t seen any ill-will in Nicaragua towards any nationality based on where they’re from. Everything I’ve seen in Nicaragua has been earned, whether good or bad.
 
(Volunteering with Manos Unidos to help people with disabilities, San Juan del Sur, Mexico, pictured.)
Julie Speier of San Juan del Sur Day School – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Expat Julie Speier at San Juan del Sur day school, San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingExpats in San Juan Del Sur are treated great. You get treated how you treat others. Nicaraguans are big-hearted people.  They like to see some respect and a smile from you first but as soon as you smile and look someone in the eyes, the same is given back to you.
 
I just love the way Nicaraguans are with children. They are just so openly affectionate with kids. They keep a close eye and keep kids safe. They love to give kids a little bit more sweets than I would prefer but it is because they have big hearts. They are generous and I think, like anywhere in the world, if you respect the locals, then they would respect you, too. If you smile at them, they smile at you.
 
They are also getting used to having more expats around. Just like anywhere in the world, the locals like to see that their culture is respected and their language is respected as well. When you put a little effort into learning the language, it goes a long way.
 
(Expat Julie Speier at San Juan del Sur Day  School, San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua, pictured.)
Daniel Snider of Snider's Realty Nicaragua – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Sniders at sea Nicaragua – Best Places In The World To Retire – International Living
The expat community in San Juan Del Sur, as well as in Nicaragua as a whole, has been accepted very well. A lot of the local communities recognize that growing expat communities usually translate into having a good, healthy, and economically sound community. The local communities in Nicaragua are learning that with expats come new opportunities to create businesses and working relationships as well.
 
My dad is an expat and my mom is a native Nicaraguan. My dad was fully accepted into the community especially because he married a Nicaraguan and having me being half Nicaraguan and half American, I see first-hand how the expat community is treated here. We have been doing business here in Nicaragua for close to 20 years and have been very successful and we have made several Nicaraguan friends throughout the years. Being an expat, my dad is the perfect example of a happy and successful foreigner living in Nicaragua.
 
Other expats who were already married before they came here usually have overwhelmingly positive experiences here, hence the reason why many more expats are moving into Nicaragua and finding this to be a very nice place to settle down and retire. 
 
(The Sniders of Nicaragua on a boat, pictured.)
Joe Lopes of las escadas condominiums – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account

Nicaraguan fishing with friends – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingThe expats are treated very well here in San Juan Del Sur. I am Portuguese born and lived in Canada. I came here about three years ago and I felt like I was at home. Nicaraguans do not discriminate against expats.

I lived in Costa Rica for seven years and out there, they do discriminate against foreigners. For the seven years that I was there, I never made any Costa Rican friends, whereas here in San Juan Del Sur, I already have good Nicaraguan friends and it’s only been three years. The Nicaraguans in San Juan del Sur do not care where you are from or what the color of your skin may be; they accept expats like their own.

Lucy Valenti of Liv Nicaragua – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Foreigners are treated very well in Nicaragua, and San Juan del Sur is not the exception.  Locals are very used to foreigners in Nicaragua because we have been interacting with foreigners for many years throughout our history.  Expats are treated in a friendly and welcoming way.
Eugenio Cortez of Hacienda & Ecolodge Morgan´s Rock – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Americans and other expats and visitors to Morgan's Rock Nicaragua outside area – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingSan Juan del Sur are treated with respect, kindness and generally good nature.
 
Nicaraguans are very caring and good people, who only ask to be treated with respect. One of the biggest assets this country has is its people and their good nature.
 
We welcome Americans, and people from every country for that matter, to come enjoy Nicaragua and all of the beauties it has to offer. You won´t be treated badly.
Natalie Sullivan of DISCOVER Real Estate – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Americans are treated fabulously in San Juan del Sur.  Speaking for me, I love living here.  I’ve been in San Juan del Sur for so long that I’m involved in the community and there are lots of people here to help me.  For example, if I have a flat tire, I don’t change it; people are very eager to help.
 
The Nicaraguans are very warm and very welcoming.  They want you to like it here.  It’s not like other places in Central America where the locals are jaded and tired of the expats.

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