Welcome to Nicaragua, a country of volcanic landscapes, pristine beaches, colonial architecture and sensational history. There is this youthful, vibrant energy and enough main stream activities balanced out with off the beaten path experiences.
Keith and I visited San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua in 2015 on a recommendation from our friend, Terry: ‘It’s a hidden beach gem / lazy sleeping village town – you must go’.
Well… we went and loved it so much, we wound up buying property. We were also thinking about early retirement – never too early to plan, right?
This post is dedicated to the town of San Juan del Sur in Southwestern Nicaragua. It’s a regional hub known for its amazing surf culture and laid back attitude on the Pacific. The town itself with its clapboard Victorian houses and steady influx of toned and tanned folks, families, and ex pats is quite fun.
-Leaving from NY, the easiest way is to fly into either Fort Lauderdale / Miami and then taking a plane to Managua.
-Transport from Managua – use Adelante Express (http://www.adelanteexpress.com) or work with your hotel to provide a shuttle. Taxis are also available but drivers mainly speak Spanish. It takes about 2.5 hours from airport.
Things to Do/See
1- Beach (Surfing and Chilling out beaches)
2- Christ of Mercy Statue (we nicknamed him Buddy Christ). Entrance at Pacific Marlin Development.
3- Whale Watching
4- Zen Yoga (by church)
5- Central Market (closed Sunday and @ 5pm) Avenida Central by church. Go to Dona Angelites to eat
6- Turtle Watching between July-December
7- Spanish Language Immersion Classes at APC Spanish School or Spanish Corner School
Restaurants & Bars
1- *Chicken Ladies – Asados Juanita. Past 5pm
2- Big Wave Dave’s – expat Bar (Sunday live music): http://sanjuandelsur.org/big-wave-daves/
3- *El Timon – great seafood
4- Iguana Bar next to El Timon
5- Dancing @ Crazy Crab Disco
6- Lago Azul for karaoke
7- La Terraza Pizza near church
8- Howler Bar for popper shot and adult swing. The quesadillas are also fantastic.
9- Grato Negro – fresh coconut water
10- Arribas Bar (near El Timon – late night 2am)
1- *Hotel Victoriano (Somoza family retreat and Mark Twain stayed there)
2- Pelican Eyes (most romantic)
3- Hotel Alcazar (in the middle of town and can get loud at night)
1- Sanchez Pilperia Cigars will rock your world
2- Macuas with orange or guava juice (national drink); Pina Coladas!
3- Tona (national beer)
4- Cordorba currency / $10 entry fee / check about onward ticket
5- Foods: cerviche, totones con queso, gallo pinto (rice and beans), carne asada, pescado entero (whole fish with al ajillo – garlic – or entometado – tomatoes), nacatamal (corn tamale with chicken or pork). Everything is so fresh and delicious!
6- Language: Spanish
7- Time is CST
8- Electricity is same as US
9- Communication is using your lip to point
10- High Season is Dec-Apr / Shoulder is Nov / Low Season is May-Oct
If you wind up visting and fall in love with San Juan del Sur the best lady in town to buy property from is Natalie Sullivan.
And once you buy and want to build, reach out to Jeffrey Cassel at Las Brisas del Pacifico: Brisasdelpacifico.net
The view from our land. I’ve always wanted to be by the water… 🙂
We return in July 2016 and will definitely post from that trip.