Kelly McGowan, 55, left her job as a probation officer in Tucson, Arizona to move abroad. Trapped in a regular eight-to-five job and unhappy with the U.S. political climate in 2016, Kelly decided to take a leave of absence and move to Nicaragua.
I just had my 10-year anniversary living in Nicaragua, and it's been the best 10 years of my life. Who would have thought that making a move to a brand-new country where I didn't know anyone would totally get rid of my financial challenges...
Nicaragua is not for everyone…for some it’s too hot, some are apprehensive because English is not widely spoken, and others are put off because they can’t find all the same products and conveniences they would have in the U.S.
Granada is a beautiful colonial city with eye-catchingly colorful, refurbished homes and churches. Retirees who live in this grand city are eager to tell you how happy they are to have found such a special place to spend their golden years.
I moved to Nicaragua 10 years ago and live in an adorable two-bedroom, two-bathroom home on half an acre with a beautiful ocean view. That would never have happened in the U.S. I also retired 11 years early. Back home I'd be working until the day I died.
During high season in Nicaragua, “head for the hills” is the phrase of choice for many expats who live near the beach. Because the beach is where everyone else goes. When the sun is at its hottest, work-weary people from all over the country head for the beautiful waters to refresh, rejuvenate, and party.
If you enjoy fabulous sunsets, the sound of the surf lulling you to sleep, a great choice of international restaurants, a laidback lifestyle and no stress, put San Juan del Sur on your list of places for retirement. Few beach locations are as charming, quirky or as fun as this town on Nicaragua's Pacific coast.
“I wanted to live well with less,” says Judith LaRoue of what drew her to a new life abroad. “I wanted to enjoy the life I love and believed I could do that better here in Nicaragua.” Judith, 70, a retired educator, pastor, counselor, Montessori teacher, and self-professed “jack of all trades,” moved to Nicaragua last year.
I love living in Nicaragua. In fact, after almost 10 years, I constantly thank my lucky stars that I have had this opportunity. You might think I love Nicaragua because I was able to buy a wonderful ocean-view home that I could never afford in the U.S.
Nicaragua opened up a whole new world for Paul, Marisa, their two kids Owen, 11, and Abigail, 8, and their three dogs…not least in slashing their cost of living. “Comparing our expenses in the U.S. with Nicaragua is pretty comical,” says Marisa.