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Remote work: Why Nicaragua should be your next destination?

by Los Clavos 14 sept. 2020
Are you considering traveling and working away from home?

Due to the current “lockdown” orders related to COVID 19, many people - including myself writing this article from sunny Nicaragua - have realized that most of their work can be done remotely at home or anywhere else.

In our digital era many jobs only require a computer, a good internet connection, a quiet place to settle and if possible, nice co-workers around you. 
If you are considering jumping on a plane as soon as possible and travel the world with your PC and your smartphone, Nicaragua might just be the next country to place on your list.

"I had the time of my life traveling and working remote from Nicaragua. Moving around is easy, people are so nice and internet was available everywhere!"  Andy - Project Manager from San Diego CA

Located North of Costa Rica, Nicaragua is  Central America's little gem: cheap lifestyle, a remote/tropical kind of vibe, great food, large choice of accommodations, nice people and great spots for surfing too! 
It is no wonder that remote workers, digital nomads, and freelance workers from all over the globe are traveling to Nicaragua and settle for a few months or more.
Here is what to expect. 

Nicaragua is a great place to work away from home

Nicaragua is a great place to travel to and work remotely whether you are a freelance graphic designer, a law student who needs quiet time to finish a project or a marketing executive who decides to handle day-to-day business with an ocean view for a couple of weeks or months. 

Same Time Zone

First of all, Nicaragua is the same time zone as Continental USA and Canada.
This is a huge advantage to save time on a daily basis when you need to communicate with clients or colleagues.

Cheap flights from USA and Canada

Flights to Nicaragua are quite cheap from the USA or Canada. If you are not picky about flight time, you won’t spend more than USD 700 for a two-way ticket. There are even some direct flights from Montreal, Miami, and Houston. 
You can easily enter the country with a tourist visa which is valid for 3 months and easy to renew.

"When they closed all the borders because of COVID 19; I was still  on a surf vacation in Nicaragua at Los Clavos Surf Camp with no possibility to fly back home. I took it easy and  told my boss I could work remote from the beach."  Annette - Graphic designer from Montreal

Nica Tropical vibe

If you are looking to work in quiet and "off the beaten track” atmosphere, Nicaragua is the place to be. Except for bigger cities like Leon or Granada, don’t expect super crazy night life. 
What you will find instead are endless beaches, relaxed people and small bars and restaurants serving exquisite food. This is not Bali, this is far away from Mexico or Medellin. But this is the perfect setup to focus and get your work done fast everyday.

Working  and moving  around is easy ! 

The good news is Nicaragua is a small and safe country with good roads and a great transportation system.
You can take the bus from one city to the other pretty easily and discover most of the country in a few weeks if you want to.
Remote workers are also amazed by the quality of the internet connections.
In most hostels, resorts, or condo you might rent, the WIFI works great. Using your smartphone, you can also buy data from a local provider and use your phone as a hotspot.

So, what is every day life like in Nicaragua ? 

"Getting my job done and still plenty of time to surf, chill and meet nice people, Viva Nicaragua!"  Alberto from NYC

Discover different places to work from

Working remotely means being able to find the right balance between spending hours in front of a computer and discovering a country, a culture, and its people. Nicaragua offers digital nomads a great opportunity to make their trip their own. 
If you need to really be connected to the rest of the world, Managua offers super well equipped co-working spaces.  
We recommend La Fabrica co-working. They offer day passes and they have a really centric location next to malls, hotels, bars and restaurants. It is a co-working space as you can find in NYC, Paris or London.
Granada, a lovely colonial city offers a choice of places to work remotely.
The international chain Selina settled there a few years ago, turning an old mansion into a lively hostel and co-working space. They offer long stay rates in case you fall in love with the city.


A unique remote work experience in North Nicaragua

North Nicaragua is the perfect combo for digital nomads. It is the wildest and most remote part of the country yet offering a full connection with the rest of the world. 
Five years ago we decided to settle down here on an untouched  stretch of land of the Pacific Coast.  Since then Los Clavos Surf Camp has been offering all-inclusive surf & yoga vacations to travelers from all over the world. 
"I can't wait to go back to Los Clavos. I can work looking at the ocean, I can surf and I always meet nice people there!"  Greg  from Paris 

Digital Nomad Experience

We are also proud to offer long-term stays especially designed for working nomads.
It includes accomodation in a modern bungalow facing the ocean, all 3 meals cooked with lots of locally grown veggies and fruits, and of course fresh coffee is available all day!
You have the possibility to take surf lesson and top practice yoga as well during your "free time" :-) 
Whether you want to stay, a week, a month or a whole year we are ready to welcome you at Los Clavos Surf Camp ! 
So pack your suitcase and come share a few waves with us! 
See you soon!
Romain - Owner at Los Clavos Surf Camp 

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