For me, personally, my only cost to move to Nicaragua was the cost of the plane ticket.
I didn’t take anything with me and I did several trips before I actually did the move. I didn’t just come here and move. I came and took a look. So the cost of moving here depends on what you are going to bring with you.
I brought nothing but my clothes, which is what I would recommend. The reason is that you can get everything here and there’s a lot of stuff you bring that you don’t need.
One thing you do need, however, is a can opener. If you don’t have one, you have to punch holes in the can because most Nicaraguans don’t buy cans. Canned goods are very expensive here. Organic dog food I have yet to find. So mainly on my trips I bring dog food.
I paid about $500 total for all legal costs, including visa and immigration. You can’t depend on a lawyer 100%. You can do all of it on y our own except if you’re incorporating and you want to come on a retired investor status. In that case, you need a lawyer. If you just want to come and retire, it’s not difficult. You can take a Nicaraguan friend with you.