“Kathleen, would it make sense for an ocean-loving boogie-boarder to live in Granada, Nicaragua? How long of a drive is it from there to the ocean?”
— Kathy M., United States
Granada is an hour-and-a-half from the Pacific coast just west from Managua and 2 ½ hours from the south Pacific coast near San Juan del Sur. Is that too far? You have to decide.
That said, Granada would be my choice for living in Nicaragua. It’s a Spanish-colonial jewel of a town with an established expatriate community, a lovely central park, and beautiful old buildings and churches. I’d be happy being able to drive to the beach on weekends as the whim struck me. But it sounds like beach access might be more important to you than it is to me.