Many of ITA Nicaragua’s students and graduates have learned the best practices for living on a budget in the beach town of Las Peñitas. ITA alum, Ben Dailey, walks us through how to eat for cheap during your TEFL Course at the beach.
What is the easiest way to eat on a budget in Las Peñitas? Do what the locals do! In Las Peñitas there is no formal grocery store, so for your necessities the local pulperias carry fruits, vegetables, snacks, soap, shampoo, etc all for a very reasonable price. “Pulperia” is basically a local convenience store. Most ITA Nicaragua TEFL students and graduates will shop for these basics at the local pulperia and then go into León to the larger grocery store for other items every couple weeks on the weekends.
Eating at a comedor is the other inexpensive option at the beach. Comedors are local spots with traditional Nicaraguan food, open for breakfast lunch and dinner. These are great options for lunch during and after your TEFL Course as they are fast, cheap, and always fresh. The comedors serve gallo pinot (Nicaragua’s common rice and beans dish), salad, plantains, and fish or chicken; all for 60-120 Cordobas. That’s $2-4 USD!
By shopping at pulperias and eating at comedors you’ll be able to save money on eating out and put that towards hiking volcanoes, taking tours through the mangrove forests, taking a surf or Spanish lesson, or even splurging on a night out in León. By executing these best budgeting practices you’ll be able to live comfortably during and after your TEFL Course at the beach in Nicaragua.