Leon, Nicaragua – City Guide for Nomads and Expats

The second-most famous colonial city in Nicaragua after Granada.

The colonial buildings are slightly less preserved than the aforementioned city, but impressive nonetheless. It is the second-largest city in the country, and many students come to Leon from nearby cities to study.

POPULATION: 200,000


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RENT AN APARTMENT IN LEON, NICARAGUA

$300 to rent an apartment in the city centre of Leon.

 

NIGHTLIFE IN LEON, NICARAGUA

6.5/10 

As a university city, Leon has a varied nightlife. Check out its Zona Rosa. The good thing about Leon is that you have options every night of the week and, like Granada, it’s all pretty central.

I recommend: Via ViaAbout a 60/40 split between tourists and Nicaraguans. Doubles as a hostel. If you want more local people, opt for Antorchas Bar y Bocas.

 

IS LEON, NICARAGUA SAFE?

You don’t have much to worry about in Leon. Much like Granada, you shouldn’t have any trouble here. That doesn’t mean you can walk down empty streets at night with a Boateng suit and an Omega watch and not expect trouble, but a very basic level of caution should be exercised.

 

  COST OF LIVING IN LEON, NICARAGUA

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 $508 USD/month to live in Leon, Nicaragua

cost-of-living-leon-nicaragua

FINAL THOUGHTS

Leon vs. Granada. A colonial city rivalry that has raged on for centuries. Who won? Leon. But not by much. I’d give Leon the edge due to slightly better nightlife and slightly more attractive women. However, I think Granada is a nicer looking city overall.


OVERALL RATING: 6.5/10


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