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Nicaragua Beachfront Real Estate—The Key To Tap Into A Prime Post Pandemic Destination

Beautiful Sunrise at stunning beach in Nicaragua.

Secret Beach Homes From US$94,900

If you want to find the best beaches in Central America, follow the surfers.

You don’t need to be a surfer… or care about ever stepping foot on a board.

But, if you’re a lover of sand, sea, and spectacular sunsets, you may just find yourself on some of the best-kept-secret beaches of the world.

This works for investment, too…

All those surfers need somewhere to stay. And many of the top resorts we know along the Pacific coasts of Costa Rica and Nicaragua were born from this need. It’s beginning to happen in Panama, too, where small lodges, hotels, and gated communities are …

Coffee, Cigars, and Simple Living In Nicaragua’s Mountains

Nicaraguan Mountains. Sunsest over a mountain town as panoramic shows scattered houses and mountain ranges in the distance

Being in Medellín for a few days recently got me thinking about the mountain towns in Nicaragua. Greater Medellín is a city of 4.5 million people, stretching 12 miles up and down the Aburrá Valley.

The two most popular mountain cities of Nicaragua in my mind, by contrast, have a population of 270,000 people. Combined. And neither stretches barely more than 3 miles from one end to the other.

But in many ways, they are similar. Not only in climate and temperament but also in spirit. Mountain towns have a character all their own. It’s not just the great weather that makes them special. …

Granada, Nicaragua: Our Favorite City In All Of Central America


Granada, Nicaragua, is my favorite city in all of Central America. This is saying a lot, given the number of popular retirement spots I’ve visited over the past 15 years… especially in Panama and Costa Rica.

Granada offers a number of strong selling points:

  • Granada is aesthetically beautiful… a picture postcard of what colonial Spanish America should look like.
  • It’s completely walkable. Everything you need is close at hand, via its attractive, level streets.

Do Current Political Events In Nicaragua Affect The Expat Community?

Plaza de la Independencia

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Since 2003 Nicaragua has been a popular destination for Americans living abroad. The property market has had its ups and downs, but overall the country has maintained a strong position as an expat destination with inexpensive properties, a low cost of living, and a friendly and welcoming people.

But this past week we’ve gotten a number of emails from people who are worried about the actions of President Daniel Ortega and today’s political situation in Nicaragua. Current events have resurrected old worries about foreigners’ property rights and political instability.

The Current Concerns Stem From An Interesting Background Story

Daniel Ortega was one of America’s Cold War villains… something that most boomers will remember. …

Spanish Colonial Homes In Granada, Nicaragua

Granada, Nicaragua
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Beaches Of Nicaragua

Granada, Nicaragua

The properties in this report trade in U.S. dollars

Over the past 15 years of scouting and evaluating overseas properties, I’ve learned to look for each location’s “specialty.” That is, the one thing it does better than anywhere else… the thing that sets it apart from the competition.

Granada, Nicaragua’s niche is the impressive inventory of Spanish colonial-style homes.

If you’re not familiar with that architectural style, it’s the type of city dwelling that’s fairly plain on the outside with its rooms built around a center courtyard on the inside. It’s a style designed for an environment where the houses are built against one another with no room for an outside yard… hence the “yard” is inside the house, where it’s private, often lush, and open to some of the home’s living areas.

If you haven’t seen a Spanish Colonial, here’s a beautiful example.

After all this time spent actively looking, I haven’t found a better market for this type of home than Granada.

What’s more, you can get in the door for less than US$60,000.

Granada usually has a good inventory of colonials in a good state of restoration. Granted, colonials can be found in …

Affordable Beachfront Property In Nicaragua

Affordable Beachfront Property In Nicaragua

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Aug 11, 2015
Granada, Nicaragua

Properties in this report trade in U.S. dollars

Dear Overseas Property Alert Reader,

Nicaragua is one of my favorite countries in the Americas. I own a property in Granada, and have spent considerable time throughout the country. The time I spent was not just on writing assignments or to attend events. It’s one of the few countries where I’ve actually spent my own money just to enjoy and explore what it has to offer.

A lot of that exploration time was spent looking at properties on Nicaragua’s dramatic Pacific coastline. Stretching for more than 200 miles from its northernmost tip to its border with Costa Rica in the south.

This coast offers majestic cliffs… wide, white sandy beaches… beautiful black-sand beaches… and small hidden coves surrounded by lush jungle.

There are no cities to speak of on Nicaragua’s coast. Instead you’ll find small fishing villages, a few friendly towns, and lots of open space.

Some of the towns are old Nicaraguan resort destinations. These are alongside large, modern, planned communities, undertaken by (mostly) North American developers. The best of these planned communities are thriving… while others have failed. They tell a story of inept or corrupt …

Discover A Newly Emerging Market In Colonial Nicaragua

León's emerging real estate scene compliments its long-time colonial charm

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Properties in Nicaragua trade in U.S. dollars

On my first trip to León, Nicaragua, I felt like I’d gone 50 years back in time since leaving Granada, just three hours down the highway. By 2004, Granada was already well discovered by expats, had a lively and mature real estate market, and was as pleasing a Spanish Colonial environment as you could find…much like it is today.

León, on the other hand, was a bit rough around the edges.

It had all the basics of a great colonial destination—things like beautiful churches, attractive plazas, and a bustling town square overlooked by a massive cathedral. What’s more, there were literally hundreds of large, Spanish-Colonial homes, few of which were restored.

But what it didn’t have was a real estate market. Nothing was for sale, as far as I could tell, and there was no real estate agency to be found. After a day of walking the streets on that first visit, I finally found an attorney who would serve as my real estate contact. As I left his office, he was calling his friends and relatives to see if anyone wanted to sell a colonial.

But that’s no longer true today. …