San Juan del Sur

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  • Day282

    San Juan del Sur

    June 7, 2015 in Nicaragua ⋅

    San Juan del Sur is a known surf town, but for some reason we were just not quite in the mood to surf. The beaches here are very nice, and found a local spot where bunch of people are fishing. Just couldn't resist to join the fun!

  • Day14

    San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

    August 18, 2018 in Nicaragua ⋅ ⛅ 90 °F

    We tendered into San Juan del Sur. Walking in town we viewed its half-moon beach, colorful houses and “interesting” streets.
    We were constantly approached by street vendors but were not harassed since they backed off when we said no thanks.
    The town has a mini Christ the Redeemer statue which was erected to ward off the threat of volcanoes erupting.Read more

  • Day154

    San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

    March 20, 2017 in Nicaragua ⋅

    Sunday Funday.

    San Juan del Sur - or just 'del Sur' because every second place around here is called San-something and at least half of those are San Juans - is a beach town on the Pacific Coast of Nicaragua. It's our last stop in Nicaragua and we're here to party.

    I feel quite confident now that we have seen tourism in Nicaragua at all stages of development. Popoyo in it's very early days - still sleepy and hustle free - to Granada in it's maturity, catching unwitting tourists at every turn. Del Sur has strayed from the scale. It has a lot of tourists, and a lot of locals, but it has a very heavy influence - or should I say affluence - from American expats and tourists alike. In fact, the entire northern half of the beach is littered with Miami-style mansions; infinity pools and four car garages, as obvious as they are obnoxious. To be fair, many of these are owned by rich Nicaraguans, but it doesn't take a petrol head to recognise a six-wheeled Dodge Ram and there's no doubt who's behind that wheel. If I were to make a prediction, it's only a matter of time before Del Sur is another South Beach, Cancún or Gold Coast; high rises lining the beachfront, loungers for rent on the beach, overpriced clubs and valets for the hummers and soft tops. I could be wrong but it's half way there already; beach clubs with horrendously loud music, surf shops and western restaurants, fishing and surfing tours, and prices and payment regularly in USD. It's very different to the rest of Nicaragua and a bit of a shock for us!

    After we had settled in to our prime location accommodation, Javiers Hostel (another great get from Cat!) we headed down to the beach to see what all the noise was about. We stumbled across a very haphazardly organised rugby sevens tournament, much to our surprise! There were four mens teams from the surrounding regions and two womens teams. Some Canadians, Americans, an Aussie and a Brit are working on developing the sport here in Nicaragua to get a team in the Centro-American Games and then hopefully the Olympics - good on them! The lads are in their very early days - plenty of big hits and not a lot of smarts or ball skills - and some of the teams had only been together for a few weeks. They were all surprisingly big boys considering that until that moment I don't think I'd met a Nicaraguan taller than me! We dwindled away much of the afternoon watching Nicas brutally smash each other into the sand and on occasion, trot over to the sideline to wash the beach out of their eyes and mouth. The girls were no less intense, absolutely tearing each other apart - one girl opting to don a bikini which was probably one of her poorer life decisions...I hope. Great to see such passion for sport and I hope they can qualify for the games!

    The rest of that day disappeared as we explored the town and it's eateries and bottle shops. As you do when on the pacific coast here, we watched another cracking sunset on the beach with our mate Toña. A live band brought in the evening and we drank rum and dined in its deafening sound checks (honestly I think it was well over an hour of squealing at full volume). The local Saturday markets served up a mountain of food to satisfy the afternoons hunger and it was delish! As we were finishing up, the band stopped and the big screens on the beach stage turned on. Hundreds and hundreds of people gathered on the beach to watch a local Nicaraguan contend the World Featherweight Boxing Title - another sporting event riddled with passion. The fight went 12 rounds and our mate lost by two points, a gutting finish to the night for us, but it didn't stop the rest of them!

    Sundays in Del Sur are reknowned for the Sunday Funday Pool Crawl and people come from all around to party. I'm not exaggerating when I say almost everyone we've met in Nica in the last week was there. Lots of guys from Popoyo shuttle down and back just for the day! At 30USD pp we'd blown our daily budget before the day began - might just write this one off. The day kicked off at Pachamama hostel in the baking sun with beers and rums, loud music, swimming, bar games and a bucket load of glitter. I hate glitter. It's the permanent marker of sparkles, and sparkles are exclusively a temporary affair. Next stop was a beach hostel, where things got lively and the pool came to life in all forms of bombs. We headed up the hill in the back of many utes to watch the sun go down at the Naked Tiger Hostel - this place has an epic location overlooking all of Del Sur and some. The night deteriorated from there but it was definitely a day well spent!

    The following day was spent largely in recovery, and another day-long power cut made it all the worse. We did, however, make it up the headland at the northern end of the beach. Said headland hosts a 25m statue of Jesus not unlike Christ the Redeemer in Rio. In fact, Giant-Christ-on-a-headland is very common in spanish speaking countries - at least 17 other Jesuses tower prominently all through the Americas and Europe, we discovered. Just another emphatic reminder of how important religion is in these parts.

    Remember that offshore breeze I mentioned in my last blog? It's in Del Sur too. It's in every town and field between Lake Nicargua and the Pacific, and it howls! Literally blinding winds which whip up all kinds of sand and dirt leaving you permanently rubbing your eyes like the big baby I might sound. It's been up around 30kts since we hit the coast, blowing us around like shopping trolleys in a carpark. It might be good for surfing, and if you gave me a windsurfer I'd be giggling mad, but when I'm trying to sit on the beach or eat off a paper plate it's quite the nuisance!

    This brings up the end of Nicaragua for us. Another country scored off the list with some unforgettable experiences added to it. The sunsets, surfing and the cheap food undoubtedly the highlights and the hours and hours of chicken buses definitely hosting the lows. We cross the border at Peñas Blancas today and head south to the capital, San José. Costa Rica will be brief, so we'll be doing our best to make the most of it!
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  • Day50

    San Juan del Sur (Casa de Olas)

    October 11, 2015 in Nicaragua ⋅

    Coming to San Juan del Sur in Nicaragua for Sunday Funday where people from all the hostels in town party together in 5 different locations. A unique pool party worth seeing once. The only site in town is the gigantic Jesus on the hill watching over it. Highlight was the Australian hostel where you have an amazing view over the town, the ocean and the sunset while sitting in the pool...Read more

  • Day165

    San Juan Del Sur

    July 17, 2017 in Nicaragua ⋅

    As I write this I am sitting on a wind-chilled boat across Lake Nicaragua - but that's for the next blog post.

    So having crossed a fair few land borders now, I was naively underprepared for the shitstorm that they call the Costa Rica-Nicaragua border.

    After taking a public bus to Penas Blancas (border town in Costa Rica) I got to the border and had to pay $8 for the privilege of leaving the country, waiting two hours in a queue just to get my passport stamped to leave 🙄, a 1km walk over the border in the midday heat, another $12 to enter Nicaragua and then the swarm of taxi drivers and most likely being completely ripped off. Anyways, I made it to San Juan in the end and I couldn't of been happier.

    The hostel I was staying in (Surfing Donkey) was really social and I met some really cool people. That night we played beer pong and cards but it was relatively chilled because of the next day - Sunday fun day.

    Like Filthy Fridays, Sunday fun day is a bar crawl/ pool party and it was a big one. Very hungover the next day which was just a big slob day of eating too much and watching Netflix.

    The day after, my final day in San Juan, I went surfing with these two really lovely Dutch gals I met. I've never been surfing before and it was hard but SO much fun.

    The waves were quite brutal but with some practice I improved over the 2-hour surf lesson. I managed to stand up a fair few times for more than a couple of seconds, so I was pretty proud of myself (although I did accidentally kick the instructor in the head which was sort of hilarious but FML at the same time) definitely do it again in Central America.

    After we got some lunch and headed back to the town to catch a chicken bus (the first of many, I'm sure) to Rivas to get the ferry to Ometepe.
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  • Day24


    November 3, 2017 in Nicaragua ⋅

    In 1 Woche werde ich es dann doch so abändern, dass nur bestätigte "Follower" das hier lesen dürfen, d.h. Nur Leute , die sich hier auch anmelden + mir folgen.

    Tut mir leid, dass es dann für einige von euch etwas umständlicher wird
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  • Day85

    Crazy times in Nicaragua

    November 27, 2017 in Nicaragua ⋅

    Die letzten zwei Wochen in Nicaragua waren ziemlich hmmm sagen wir mal intensiv :) Mein Travel Buddy Alex hat im Hostel Holländer kennengelernt, die mit ein paar anderen eine Villa direkt am pazifischen Ozean in San Juan del Sur gemietet haben. Ich war erst etwas abgeschreckt weil ich nur etwas von Villa, kostenlos wohnen und Videoaufnahmen gehört habe und das Kopfkino gleich los ging aber die Aufnahmen waren für ein Retreat Programm was ein paar der Jungs gerade aufziehen. Der Rest (Deutsche) verdient sich Geld mit Poker spielen und das nicht zu knapp...einer der Jungs hat mit 30 schon ausgesorgt. Interessant mit was man alles Geld machen kann und wie verschieden die Lebensstile sind.
    Die Zeit in der Villa mit vier Mädels und zehn Jungs war ziemlich lustig ohne euch hier mit Details zu langweilen :D Highlights waren für mich das erste Mal surfen (ich stand schon Yeahh) und reiten am Strand.
    Zusammen sind wir noch nach Granada gefahren - eine sehr schöne Kolonialstadt, die mich an Antigua erinnert hat. Danach ging es mit den drei Mädels noch auf die Insel Ometepe, die nicht nur aufgrund der Vulkane wunderschön ist. Dort haben wir viele Hippies getroffen, eine echte Maya Schokolade (beste meines Lebens, Rezept folgt) getrunken und die Insel mit einem Scooter erkundet (kleiner Unfall inklusive,die Wunde wurde mit einem Wundermittel namens Drachenblut versorgt).

    Für mich ging es dann wieder zurück nach San Juan, da ich hier für zwei Wochen in einem B&B arbeite und ein bisschen Geld spare bevor ich mich Mitte Dezember mit Rike in Panama treffe #Vorfreude

    Trotz der tollen Zeit und der schönsten Sonnenuntergänge meines Lebens: Ich vermisse euch und würde die Weihnachtszeit gerne mit euch verbringen :-*

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  • Day23

    Die perfekte Welle

    November 2, 2017 in Nicaragua ⋅

    Wenn man schon mal im Surferparadies ist, dann muss man das natürlich auch mal ausprobieren - also ging es auf der Suche nach der perfekten Welle in die Bucht von Remanzo, wo die kleineren "Anfängerwellen" auf uns warteten.

    Und was hatten wir uns darauf gefreut, bei der brütenden Hitze den ganzen Tag im Wasser zu verbringen!

    Und was war?
    Erst riss mich der Regen des Nachts aus der Hängematte des Hostelgartens und dann regnete es auch noch bis in den späten Vormittag hindurch.

    Aber wie sagte unser Surflehrer, Alex, so schön?

    Nass werden wir eh.

    Und recht hatte er. Von oben, unten, vorne, hinten, innen, außen ... Ich war die letzten 3 Wochen nie so sauber. Von außen UND innen.

    Aber letzten Endes hatten wir es geschafft, erst mit anschubsen, dann auch ganz allein: auf der Welle zum Strand reiten.

    Nicht ganz ohne Andenken: die Füße zerkratzt + blau von den Steinen an Strand, die Oberschenkel zerschunden vom wdh. hochrobben auf das Board und das Schlimmste - ich habe mir den Schinken 🍖 verbrannt :-(
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  • Day122

    san juan del sur

    August 9, 2015 in Nicaragua ⋅

    Wir haben Costa Rica heute verlassen und sind mit dem Bus nach Nicaragua gefahren nein besser gebummelt. Um 7 fuhr der Bus in La Fortuna los und nachdem er gefühlt an jedem grossen Baum bis zur Grenze angehalten hatte haben wir es dann doch bis ca 2 Uhr dorthin geschafft (es sind aber nur knapp 100 km hahahah). Der Grenzübertritt selber und die Taxifahrt nach San Juan del Sur waren sehr speziell. Man merkt einfach dass Nicaragua das 2. ärmste Land in Mittelamerika ist und im Vergleich zu Costa Rica wesentlich rückständiger ist.
    Wir fühlen uns dennoch sicher und geniessen unsere Zeit in San Juan am Strand. Gut für uns, die Preise sind im Vergleich zum südlichen Nachbarn auch wesentlich geringer....somit schont es auch unser Budget. Das lokale Bier Tona gibts für knapp 1 Doller, also Prost auf unsere Zeit hier in Nicaragua :-)
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  • Day13

    Beach time in San Juan del Sur

    September 16, 2016 in Nicaragua ⋅

    In this beach town we spent a couple of days exploring some nearby playas and enjoying beautiful sunsets while feeling home at mama Sara's house! As it was erstwhile a fishing village, we went with a local fisher to try our luck - but the fish were so big they always bit through the cord!

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