No 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.)