“I hear there are people who actually enjoy moving. Sounds like a disease to me – they must be unstable” ~ Jan Neruda, Prague Tales
Update July 2020
We hightailed it out of Nicaragua in July 2018, leaving behind our home of 14 years. We had two reasons for leaving: the civil rebellion that killed over 350 people, and a health emergency of which we were unable to get treatment in Nicaragua because the Pan Am Highway was blocked and the government had snipers stationed in Managua and they were killing their citizens.
So here is another thing to think about if you move to Nicaragua and have to leave suddenly. Many expats were unable to leave in 2018 because their life savings were tied up in the house they bought and their belongings they had shipped to Nicaragua.
My advise is to take only what you need in suitcases. Before we left Nicaragua, we gave most of our belongings away to our neighbors. We sold our motorcycle and our dune buggy and rented our house to friends who escaped Managua because of the violence.
Now, the pandemic is spreading throughout Nicaragua and people are desperate because they have no jobs. The crime rate is high and home invasions are common. So, another reason to buy what you need in Nicaragua and sell or store your bling bling items in your home countries.
When Ron and I finally decided to move to Nicaragua, our first question was, “How do we get all of our stuff there?” I had a brilliant-to-me idea. I contacted the cruise ships to see if it was possible to book a one-way trip from Miami to San Juan Del Sur. Then, we could unload all of our stuff from the cruise ship, hire a truck or van to take us to San Jorge, and board the ferry to our new-to-us shack we purchased on Ometepe Island. It was the cheapest option I could find, as well as sounding like a lot of fun. For a few days, we would have a floating storage locker in our stateroom on a giant cruise ship.
Cruise ship in San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua
“Sure, that is possible,” said the first booking agent. She proceeded to tell me how it could be done and I thought…this is so easy. I am brilliant.
I contacted a second agent to ask about luggage limits. She said there were no restrictions. Again, I told myself, this is genius!
But, the third agent must have had a bad day when I asked her if there were restrictions about what I could pack. “Can I bring a trunk with my pots and pans and is there room in the stateroom for our kayak?” I asked.
“Why would you need to bring pots and pans? You can’t be cookin’ any beans in your stateroom,” she snarled. So, I had to tell her that we were moving to Nicaragua and we wanted to bring several trunks with our possessions.
“This isn’t the Grapes of Wrath and it sure isn’t a moving company, so find another way to move!” and she hung up on me. Back to the drawing board!
The way I see it, there are three options for packing and moving your stuff to Nicaragua. So, for my monthly Let’s Get Real series…
Let’s Get Real About Packing and Moving to Nicaragua