Managua, Nicaragua – City Guide for Nomads and Expats

The capital and largest city in Nicaragua.

Not a particularly attractive or appealing city in the traditional sense, but still worth a couple days…actually, that’s not entirely true. Geographically, the city is actually rather nice. Set on a lake, a decent amount of greenery in some places, nice weather (although maybe too hot for some).

Unfortunately, the city planning (or lack thereof) leaves much to be desired. Safety and cleanliness issues are also a concern. On the plus side, the women are more attractive than you might expect!

POPULATION: 1,800,000


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RENT AN APARTMENT IN MANAGUA

$400.00 to rent something in Managua in a good area with all the comforts.

 

NIGHTLIFE IN MANAGUA

7/10 

Options abound in Zona Viva. Stick to classier joints with cover. It is usually around $5.00. Sometimes $10.00 w/ drink deals. You’ll find nightlife here very inexpensive.

I recommend: Moods or Chaman

 

IS MANAGUA SAFE?

Managua is not very safe. Chances are that nothing will happen to you, but the problem with Managua is that there isn’t much distinguishing a safe neighbourhood from a dangerous one – for the most part, it all looks a tad seedy. Most tourists GTFO of Managua as quickly as they can. Don’t be one of them. Be different :).

It’s worth nothing that Nicaragua is considered one of Central America’s safest countries. Outside of Managua, there aren’t many serious safety concerns.

 

COST OF LIVING IN MANAGUA 

The following data is from Expatistan, a crowdsourced database of prices and cost of living around the world. In our experience, the data tends to underestimate cost of living, so take the following as the minimum you might need to live here.

*Figures are listed in USD

You’ll need a minimum of $691 USD/month to live in Managua, Nicaragua

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FINAL THOUGHTS

A rather charmless place, but good for a couple nights out. Honestly, I’d only stick around Managua for the cheap food and nightlife. That said, like anywhere, if you decide to move to Managua and get into a good social circle, life will be good. In fact, due to its low cost of living and lower crime rate than a lot of major Latin American cities, Managua’s expat population might just increase in the coming years. Call me crazy, but such a thing wouldn’t surprise me! All that said, for the time being I still recommend Granada or Leon over Managua.


OVERALL RATING: 6.25/10


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