“Help finding long term housing on the West Coast of Nicaragua?”

I am looking for long term housing on the West Coast of Nicaragua, possibly San Juan del Sur but open to other locations.

However, searching RE websites seems to only provide vacation rentals, i.e., daily, weekly, monthly at very high rates.

I would like to retire there and have a budget of $1500 – $2000 USD/mo.

But I don’t want to spend weeks in Nicaragua looking for housing at an expensive hotel or resort. Any help or pointers you can provide is much appreciated.

Bonnie Hayman – Nicaragua Correspondent

Bonnie Hayman

First of all, the good news is that you certainly will be able to live on a budget of $1500 – $2000 per month in any of the major cities in Nicaragua, including San Juan del Sur.

It can be tricky to find a place and not the greatest idea to rent one sight unseen. Most or all of the rentals you find online have higher prices because those are the sophisticated rental agencies and people who wan to use the Internet. Those houses are also the fancier ones with air conditioning, pools, granite top counters and all the other high-end amenities.

Many other places are available, but you won’t find them on the Internet. You have to do it yourself. You really must come down here, stay in a hotel or hostel, and then start walking around and looking for SE RENTA (for rent) signs and talking to people. There are expat hangouts where you can ask if anyone knows of a rental. Often someone has a rental, but doesn’t want to advertise it online for one reason or another. Also, many Nicaraguans own places and they do not use the Internet to advertise; these places are often cheaper than others, but just as nice.

Another good way to find a place is to go to the “expat” facebook page for whatever city you are interested in. Each major city in Nicaragua has its own Facebook page. Sometimes you’ll have to ask to join, others are public. For San Juan del Sur, there are two: the public one is: Life in San Juan del Sur. The private one is: San Juan del Sur Friends and Neighbors. Between the two, you will probably be able to find some other options.

But again, the best way is to come down here and talk to people. Many people like to rent their places to people they know. Good luck!


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