Nicaragua is Safe and Cheap

by don howard
(Rivas, Nicaragua )

Hi there,

I have been living in San Juan Del Sur and Rivas for just about ten years. It is cheap. I live on around $ 500 a month, with a car, internet, cable TV and directed TV and my dogs.

You can too, but you have to get used to some things, like things not always working like you are used to back in the states. But once you get your head round those differences, you will like living in Nicaragua too.

If you have any specific questions, I'll be glad to answer them here. Just leave a comment on this page.

I will give you honest answers, as I know them. I got nothing to gain or sell to you.

One final piece of advice... do not buy a house or land in Nicaragua until you have lived here and can speak the language. I've heard of people having title problems, and what you think is a bargain may not be cheap at all.

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Redy to leave CAMBODIA NEW
by: Anonymous

Been here 2 years and can live well on 700.00 a month. 200.00 for nice 1 bedroom apartment , 26.00 utilities and cheap food.
I am worried is Nicaragua as cheap as Cambodia ??? My family is in the states, too far away..

8 years in Asia and Cambodia is best deal. FYI.

Can Nicaragua match or better this ?

Bruce

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House for Sale
by: Don

Hi!

One of my friends here in Rivas asked me to let you all know she has a house for sale!!!

3 bedrooms 3 bath, city water but has a water tank too i guess for just in case you need it.

And get ready for this. She sells it for just $38,000.00 USD. This is one of the reasons I am on here... look at the price difference.

I am just doing a favor! No money in this for me. If you are really interested I think she will give me pictures or she will get pictures to you.

She said she rents the house for $250 per month, but she wants to sell now.

howard113@hotmail.com
Posted this on 11/22/16

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Left facebook 4 more space
by: Mike Wallen

But u can always try WhatsApp or e-mail michaelwallen69@gmail.com or right here. Best! Mike

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Nicaragua Canal
by: Don

I do not think the canal will ever get built. I read the man who was building the canal had 10 billion dollars and he lost 9 billion in the Chinese stock market.

He stopped building and his people went back home. The date that he said he would start again has passed, so I do not think it will happen... but could be wrong, of course.

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Any News
by: Mike Wallen

Will the canal be built?

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Hi time 4 Nicaragua!
by: Swede in Venezuela

Hi Don, Very interested in renting/ buying 1 Apt in the La Virgin project! Pls keep me updated by yourself or by the local owner! All the very Best! Little BIG Mike. michaelwallen69@gmail.com

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Living on the beach with fresh produce and avocados
by: Paul Sanchez

Hi there. I'm an original New Yorker, born and raised, who after recently just curing himself of Cancer through proper nutrition, can't handle the American obsession with working to live anymore as what I really need is just a peaceful place by a beach, where I can meditate, practice my yoga, bathe in the ocean and write my book sharing my story with the world on how anyone can heal themselves naturally. I'd just need to know if there is somewhere I can find a little cottage, maybe outside of a town with Internet so I can still be active in the book creation process, with lots of fresh veggies and avocados and access to water to keep my health up. Any help would be grately appreciated!!!

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NIC.. good -bad - . . . .
by: forbesbg@gmail.com

yes i am on face book as steve forbes and have all the good - bad and ...... of livng in Nicargua. But let me say now - if you do thigs right and you get the good people to work with you - you will love the place and some of the people. I have been here for 7 years and drove down from VA with a S load of stuff for many people, all approvaled in the US but it took me near 8 months to get half of all the things. But i am still here that how good it is. We are look for a parner to build a hotel on the beach on Ometepe, but open to help all who need help and if you don[t get help somewhere it will cost you so much and take for ever. COME ON DOWN AND TALK WITH THE HEART OF OMETEPE

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hey
by: joe

Not sure if my last message went through. Could you e mail me contact information from the couple your renting from? Thanks so much!
Joezurvita2213@yahoo.com

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Hey!
by: joe

Thanks so much for getting back to me. I just got off work, I will scroll back through all your posts. Do you have Facebook we could chat a little easier, I would love some more info on the house and Rivas.
You can add me on fb if you have it Facebook.com/joezurvita
Thanks for everything

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house
by: Don

the house is furnished three bedroom , each bedroom has it's own bathroom . 3 bedrooms 3 bath
water is from the city not from a well and for me that is better water. if anything else you want to know let me know

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rent
by: don

this is for hi there ,,
the people i rent from have a nice house in Rivas it is three bedroom , indoor bath , nice house do not know if it is furnished but i think it is , will find out for you if you write back , the owner asked me the other day if i new anyone . she said three hundred a month and i have been to the house it is in a quite neighborhood i think it will be good for your kids . you have to come here to look for a nice house you can not find on line or from real estate people , they are in an other world , they come here but they bring the prices from there country with them , that is why you are having a hard time . i wrote how you have to do it, to find a good price on this page . the only thing is i said internet and i meant the cyber cafe that you go to to rent time on line they know what is going on, not the internet,, per say

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Moving in May
by: Anonymous

Hello!
We are moving in May. A family of 5, 3 kids and 2 adults. We are interesting in living by the beach, but we want to start off somewhere a little cheaper just to get by.
After doing research we're looking at Leon, Rivas or Granada to start with. Looking online we can't find any cheap places in Rivas or San Juan less then $700 a month. We found great places for 300-400 a month in Esteli/Mataglapa.
Just curious if it's possible to find furnished 2+ bedroom houses in Rivas/San Juan? If so how do you find them.. I can't seem to find anything online that aren't vacation 100+ a night rentals. We were going to try and find a place setup before we get there but it looks like it might be the best bet to just travel around and stay in hostels and find places by foot/locals?
Would love your input!
Thanks so much for your time!

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Rent
by: Don

cisco pike or anyone else...

To rent in San Juan Del Sur or any where else in Nicaragua...

To find a good place to rent at a good price
ask the people, cab driver at the local restaurant or internet or best of all at the local grocery store (not the gringo restaurant not the real estate or rental office).

A lot of people who have a place to rent out do not put up signs, and the people in the hood know what is for rent and for sale. So your best way to find something and not pay too much is to ask the locals.

Hope this helps you save some money.

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from the airport to san juan del sur
by: cisco pike

I am leaving the rest home on the way to managua. I have my passport,my high school spanish and my retirement check. What is the best way to find a place in sjds. Any chance of finding chicken enchiladas?

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THANKS
by: Anonymous

Steve and Don thanks for all the info.I just love when people say "I am thinking of retiring there" and they have never been to that place even one.You been to visit countries for at least a month at a time or more.Then you need to do this several times for a min of two years or more.So,you can get a feel for the place.When you move there for your first year.You need to rent.So, you can see if you want to move there.I have been traveling most of my life and will probably retire next year in Brazil .Though I am still checking out other places.It always amazes me on home people want to just move and retire to places they have never been to.They don't speak the language and only seen a few pic's or a video.Or a friend of friend of a friend said it's a good place.Or they can't pay their bills in America and think they will do better in another country.If they didn't save money and get a good retirement in America .They think they can in another country.If something is too good to be true then it usually is! Good luck travelers and retires ! Be smart and travel and if you can't afford to then you need to work a second job.Save your money and do it later! Peace !!!!!!!!!

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over looked retired areas..
by: steve

I live on the beach something like your picture but fresh water on the island of Ometepe. We can live on about half what it cost in your area but can be there in an hour. YES, Nicaragua is safe... but as anywhere in the world you can find trouble if you go looking for it... but loving is a lot better. While looking for a investor to build a hotel, we build a little each day and enjoy the rest of the day where life is good. I people just new how to live and enjoy life *and most don.t they would get out of most place and C R too, and come to Nicaragua.. Try what I did... go to 4 or 5 counties and spend 5 to 6 months and learn everything you want in retirement. Then go to your pick and just do it.. after we did this for 2 years we come to Nicaragua and found what we call our place... THE HEART OF OMETEPE. That.s my 2 cents
PS.. about property... you can find what you want BUT find the best attorney you can FIRST... I went through 5 and now been with One office for over 4 years and would never change... and I will give you their info upon request at ForbesBG@Gmail.com

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one thing more
by: Don

i just through of this i make jewelry .
and i found out you can not send it out of Nicaragua by mail . you can fed ex , but you
have to go to the airport to ship .
so if you are thinking about selling your jewelry on line shipping will cost a lot more . but you can sell to the locals . they have a lot of cheap rings from china that sell for 10 or 20 cords and 26 cords is one dollar .
do not know how you want to sell your silver jewelry but you can not use the mail to do it .

you could make a lot of money selling people medications because they are a lot cheaper here and they are the same brands they have in the states , but they got laws , and rules are rules

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TO K C
by: Don

Hi K C

i would say try San Juan Del Sur first for
getting use to Nicaragua . Managua is a big city , and it scares me . i have seen people robbed at 10 am in the morning and the people around gave no help to the women being robbed . not a safe place when i have to go their i leave my gold at home put my money in more than one pocket and pray to be safe .
now the rest of Nicaragua is not like that, not San Juan for sure . the people in San Juan say it is someone from Managua every time some thing happens and they are not joking they are serious when they say it . and they have little schools that teach you Spanish like one on one . cheap ,
they have a lot of places you can walk to to eat and buy food . and it is easy to open a business all you have to have is the money . and no metal smiths that i know of . you can rent a place to live easy $ 150 to $ ?? it is not to hot around 90 and a fan will keep you cool . your health insurance will not work and yes their are other people who can give you lots of information you can meet them on the beach when you watch the sun go down

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Questions
by: K.C.

We are looking to retire and looking into several countries including Nicaragua. Interested in the rental market in San Juan Del Sur as well as Managua. Would love the beach area. What is the average temperature there? Are there people we could meet while visiting that could give us loads of information? Can you settle in a place that is centered where you can walk to get groceries, go to restaurants, etc. without owning a vehicle? What about medical in San Juan Del Sur? How hard is it to establish a small business there? Do you know if there are silversmiths (doing jewelry) anywhere. How easy is it to get help continuing Spanish lessons?
Thanks so much.

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SAN JUAN DEL SUR
by: Don

HI
yes you can get a long lease when you rent .
but you may not like the place you rent after you live their a while , or find a better, cheaper place , so go slow with things like that ,
if you have been to San Juan , four times you should know if you will like it or not .
i have a friend who is building four apt they will be right on the lake with big windows facing the lake in LA VIRGIN , it is about twenty minutes from San Juan , ten min from Rivas plan on renting one of them when they are ready , if they turn out nice. he says they will be ready in three or four months . he built the place i live in now

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hope to retire in sjds 2015
by: barry

hello ive been to sjds 4times now .will be there again november to febuary 90days to see if i can ajust to living the life in sjds .I Live in london uk 64year old but feel much younger . My Question can you obtain long leases on rented accommodation ?

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Been in texas
by: Anonymous

Honestly, I think because I am leaving the security (hahaha) of the USA, people want to continually tell me how awful it is in another parts of the world, especially Central/South America. I am pretty smart woman, but I WILL be alone, I just didn't know if there was some racket there like picket pockets in Europe teehee...

Just everyone keeps tell me that with my coloring I would obviously be an American and then being alone? Yea some people want to scare me into staying here I am sure lol

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to much money
by: don

hi
you just heard that middle age women are a target
if they have money ?? where have you been ??
i think the best way to handle that is ,, do not tell them ,, or just give the money to a good cause.
or look for a good buy , that is for sale , you
may find a good buy is hard to find . but have a good time looking ..

you are fun a lot of fun ...

but weight a few more years , when you are old ,
than you will be a good catch ..
one more thing ,, you can make a will ,, that leaves them out ,, leave all your money to your cat
come on down and have some fun shopping .
hope you take this in the same spirit that it was written their are givers and takers sellers and buyers the world needs to stay balanced
the porch light is on bright for you

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To Don
by: Anonymous

I just heard that financially secure middle aged women can be a target for local men; I don't want to deal with that lol

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visa
by: don

hi
their is a office , in Rivas , do not know if they will do 90 day visa , most people go to the border and come back in and get their 90 days that way .
from the park the corner with the phone company go past the post office , 1 or 2 streets , then take a right and the middle of the block , left side street , or get a guy with a three wheel bike to take you ,,,, streets do not have names so that is about as good as i can do .
i did the first part of my paper work for a new cedula but had to go to Managua to finish
good luck

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Is there an immigration office in Rivas to renew my 90 day visa?? If so where is it located?
by: Anonymous

Need to renew my 90 day visa and want to know if there is an office in Rivas? If there is how much does it cost to renew there? Thanks

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jut lost your partiner
by: don

hi
i would say just travel , in till you find a place you like . you can not work in Nicaragua .
the thing about Nicaragua is that your money goes a long ways .
come to Nicaragua and see if you like it and if you do you can stay if not try some place else .
you will be safe and things are a lot cheaper here
but if you got money their are better places to live . the country is poor so their are not many
nice places to go . the people are poor so you will find you have to pay their way if you want to do things with them .
as far as being hounded by men ? if that has happened before in your life ? that is all up to you .

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Thinking
by: Anonymous

I recently and very suddenly lost my husband. He was 55 I am 52. I am financially comfortable. I want to move away, FAR away from the US. I am just curious on what my experience could be like there. I don't want to be hounded by the local men, I want to work, I want to have a full life with friends that I would have to make if I make a move there. Thoughts?

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Stanlee
by: don

Hi
sounds like a good idea to me. but you will find that the other counties will cost you more than
Nicaragua , because they cost more to live and you are traveling and not sitting in one place . and will the dog go with you on your trips ? in less they have changed the law, you can not go to Panama with the dog . but you can go to the other countries
with your dog . but maybe you will find a friend
who will take care of your dog for you .
i have been here 11 yrs now and i do not know one
local person who i would trust to take care of my three dogs , i love my dogs
if you only have 550 a month i do not think you can do much traveling , i still live on $ 500. month
and if i gave up internet and direct t v i could
save $100 mo but i get double that each month and you say you only get $ 550 month .
and you will need to buy many things

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And also ...
by: Stanlee

I guess I also want to know if it makes sense to start out in Granada for a month of so to mitigate undue culture shock with a well developed and expat popular city... I was thin thinking perhaps spending month or so, long visits in Ecuador, Guatemala, costa Rica, etc. where living daily is even (in some cases) less expensive, might be good while I'm unqualified for Pensionado. That way I'm a tourist/visitor for not too long in various places ... and getting in some of the travel I long for too! Does this make sense to anyone else? I'm a Single Woman of 63 with a small dog, coming alone with no more than a couple suitcases of personal needs and with only about $550 in accountable income, plus some start out "capital" for the travel and set up. Any thoughts?
Thanks!
Stanlee

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car
by: don

the only way i know is to go to customs , they will
tell you how much. they are in Managua .
the other thing you can do is go to Costa Rica or Honduras border and see what they have to say .
you do not want to run out of time or be late,
i would like to know how much you paid in toils
to drive in Mexico ??
i did it 10 years ago and it coast me around $1500
just in toils ,and i would never do that again, are you going to drive your car back to the states ?
if you are going to live here , with retired papers you can bring the car in free ,no tax

i know this is not much help

their is no other way to find out but customs or the border

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Vehicle permit extension
by: Anonymous

Hi there I have a car that I bought with friends in the untied states and drive to Nicaragua. We need to extend our 30 day permit for the vehicle. Can anyone let me know the cost for this? Also where the best place to do it is? And what the fine is for not renewing the vehicle permit before the expiry date?

Many thanks

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rjvas on the cheap
by: don

hi
yes you can live like a king on $ 1,000 month .
the people here eat the fish from the lake .
i do not eat fish any more . but you can .
yes you can swim in the lake . and you can rent close to the lake . and you can go to the beach
by bus or taxi it is about 30 to 45 min to the beach , depends on where you live . and what beach you want to go to .
the lake the water if full of brown algae,because it is warm here all the time and how clean i do not know they wash clothes and take a bath , and their are some fish farms up by Managua but it is a very big lake for sure , it has sharks in it ,
but do not worry about the sharks . they are going to build a
supper panama canal and use the lake for part of it in two years they will start .
you should like your time here, and save money each month from your $ 1000 about half of it

WILL KEEP THE PORCH LITE ON FOR YOU

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is this current?
by: charlie don't surf

I decided to check out rivas for a extended stay for 2-3 months autumn winter 2013. Am wondering is it still good to live on $1000/mo. I want to live on the lake and swim every day, then go surfing a few times a week at the beach? Is there bus service to the beach from Rivas? Main question: is the lake clean for swimming and can you eat the fish.

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Nicaragua Residency Process
by: Margit

I wanted to chime in here about the visa / immigration question. First of all, big thanks to Don for his helpful comments and speedy replies to visitors' questions.

The immigration law changed in 2009, raising the required amount of money you need for the various residency options.

The two most common ways for expats to achieve residency are the "Pensionado" and the "Rentista" program. I've explained both of them on my page about becoming a resident in Nicaragua.

Like Don said, you need to bring certain documents with you (birth certificate, police record, health record, marriage certificate - if applicable). All documents need to be newly issued and authenticated. The authentication process is different in each country. A good place to find out about the process is the registration office in your municipality.

You will need an experienced person to help you with the red tape in Nicaragua... especially if you don't speak Spanish well. Even with a lawyer to support you, the process is tedious. That is at least my personal experience. I don't really fit into any of the residency categories, which resulted in my application being denied.

My top tip for you... if you are seriously considering to apply for residency in Nicaragua, contact me privately (via my Contact Me form) and I will put you in touch with a specialist who can assess your situation honestly. Had I talked to her before I hired a solicitor, I would have saved money and time!!

Hope that helps,
Margit
Owner RetirePedia.com

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don
by: Anonymous

sorry
i forgot the dog , your vet will know what shots
and give your dog a clean bill of heath,
get that in spanish too and get it stamped too .

one thing down here they do not have the care for
pets like home . they are not trained as well,
not a good place for sick pets
i have three dogs they all are from here i saved
them ,,, their are no old dogs here and they
are smart very smart or they do not live

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visa
by: don

hi
you need passport . birth certificate ,
police report , proof of income , $ 500 month ,
heath certificate
i think you can look it up on line , it may have
gone up a little ? get someone to make a translation to spanish , dose not have to be word for word , just this paper says , is good enough.
take it to the nicaragua counsalate . and they will put stamps on it # 250. i think ,
then come here and you can do the rest here
cheap i will get someone to help you .
or you can go to costa rica every three months
and do it that way . just leave and come back in
you get 90 days that way
hope this is helpful

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visa/immigration cost
by: Anonymous

Hi-I was wondering about the cost of visa/immigration to that country. Where would i start stateside? What are the rules governing bringing along pets? Thank you

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SAFE AND CHEAP
by: DON

YES
YOU CAN LIVE ON $1000 MONTH , WITH THE BEST OF EVERYTHING BUT $ 700 TO $ 800 WILL BE MORE THAN
ENOUGH AND SAVE THE REST TO GO HOME ON vacation
or see some other countries,
but this is a good place to live if you do not have much money
if their is anything , you want to know , i will be glad to tell you . if i know

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San Juan Del Sur
by: Dcslost@yahoo.com

Is it really feasible to live in Nicaragua on $500 a month?
I would really like to know since I will be living on a $1000 a month Social Security Disabilty check. Where can I find more info about relocating there from the Miami Florida area? I have been checking all the usual online forums, but I would really like to meet anyone who currently lives there and can truly give me the real truth of life abroad on a minimal budget.


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small appliances,
by: Anonymous

Hi
again we have most things here small appliances,
if you have somthing you like that is a little
odd , you may want to bring it . look on line for a place called price smart ni. , they are like
costco . you pay $ 30 a year , but you can get
a good idea of what we have ,
rivas has a lot of things , and if rivas dosen't have it managua will , or you can go on line and
have it shipped .
what you can rent for $ 500 mo wow,, big house , pool, maid , cook you can rent a nice place , house for $250 to $300
gas for your car is $ 5.00 gal

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Rivas
by: Don Howard

Hi
i live on $500 month , in Rivas $100 month
rent , i get power , water , cable t v for that. and i pay $ 46.90 direct t v , and $ 49.00 internet
i have one room with bath room , kitcken ,and loft
for my bed .
we do not have much as far as eating out goes
we have local restrants that are cheap and the food is good or they do not last,
we got one fast food chicken place about a year ago
their is one super market and it is not all that good they sell everything from t v , to food
their are 4 gase station and three sell food , but,,
you ever get good food in a gase station ?
their is not much to do here as far as going out goes .
it is poor here any one who has any thing got the money in some other country

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Considering retiring in Nicaragua
by: Anonymous

Hello my name is Elizabeth and currently live in the Southeast. I moved here about 18 years ago and now it is time to realize my dream of moving out of the US. I have several places in mind and one of the top contenders is Nicaragua. In fact, I was considering Rivas as one of the locations I would like to visit. I am bilingual so there is no language barrier. You mentioned that you are living on $500/mo...is that a fact or is that your rent? What amenities can i expect for $500/mo rent. what kind of shopping is available ie:food and grocery. What about small appliances, should I consider bring them from the US? I am sure there are lots of questions I need to ask but this is good for a start. Thanks and waiting for your reply!

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