June 16, 2014, Granada, Nicaragua: Nicaragua is re-emerging as a top retire overseas choice.
Dear Live and Invest Overseas Reader,
I visited Nicaragua for the first time more than 20 years ago. Imagine the incredulity I faced when I told my family and friends back then that I was traveling (alone...as a young woman) to Nicaragua.
Arriving on the scene all those years ago, I discovered a country not too far down the road from civil war. Barbed wire wound around the outside of every building, and men and boys walked the streets dressed in army fatigues and carrying automatic weapons. Managua was a shambles. The city had not been restored in any real way following the earthquake of 1972. After the earthquake came the civil war. In the early 1990s, when I laid eyes on Managua for the first time, this city was just beginning to pull itself together.
When I looked beyond all that, though, to the rest of the country and its people, I was won over immediately. I'm a romantic who prizes potential over anything else. In Nicaragua's dramatically beautiful coastline...historic colonial cities...charming mountain villages...and irrepressible, resilient people, I perceived enormous potential.
In the two decades since, I have made many return trips to Nicaragua. I have invested in real estate in this country, big and small. I have operated an office here, in Granada. I have led tours, sponsored conferences, met a president, and made contacts. Most important to me, I've also made friends...who have also bought real estate, invested in property developments, built businesses, even raised families in this country. Now that I take a minute to reflect on it, my experience in Nicaragua has been not only long but also deep.