Several years ago, I found the dream car I’d always wanted, sitting on a lot in Phoenix, Arizona. It was a 1988 Mercedes 560SL—a two-seater with a removable hardtop—with only 40,000 miles, for just $15,000. And for just another $800, the guy even delivered it to my driveway in Vermont. It was the perfect car for going on a Sunday drive…when it wasn’t raining or snowing that is, and when there was no salt on the road.
I came away from my first visit to Nicaragua, in 2004, with a lopsided image of the coastal lifestyle in Central America's largest country...an image based only on the southern Paciﬁc coast and its network of luxury, planned communities designed specifically with expats in mind.