7 Signs Nicaragua is Right for You

Is Nicaragua right for you1. You’ve always wanted to learn Spanish.

There’s no better way to learn another language, than to completely immerse yourself in the culture.

2. You want to make a difference in the world.

Listen to your heart and lend a helping hand. Invest in people that can never repay you.

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The “Surfer’s Guide” To Enjoying San Juan del Sur (Even if You’re Not A Surfer)

I think you’ll agree with me when I say:

Surfing is one of the major attractions of the San Juan del Sur area.

But while I’m sure that many of you reading this do enjoy surfing, there will also be a group of you who have no interest in surfing at all.

Don’t worry, whatever your relationship to surfing, you’re in the right spot.

Here’s your “Surfer’s Guide” to enjoying San Juan del Sur – whether you’re a great surfer, you’re just starting out or you’re not interested in surfing at all.
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11 Tips For Making Your Vacation Home More Eco-Friendly

11 Tips for Making Your Vacation Rental more Eco-FriendlyFrom eco-friendly materials to hybrid vehicles and clean energy, we are inundated by calls to take responsibility for our environmental impact and reminded of the consequences of ignoring it. This global transition of environmental consciousness is becoming mainstream in every sector, including real estate.

Fortunately, going green doesn’t just have to be a feel-good trend, there is a compelling financial case to making your Nicaragua property more eco-friendly.

Let’s start with things to consider for your vacation home in Nicaragua:

Energy – Using renewable energy sources such as solar panels, wind turbines and geothermal cooling systems will save you money on your bills from Union Fenosa (Nicaragua’s power company).

H2O – Collecting rainwater and recycling your grey water will drastically reduce utility costs and reliance on the local government supply.

Design – Orientating your house to take advantage of natural lighting, allowing for through ventilation and cooling breezes, while deflecting direct sun rays will all make a huge difference.

The bottom line is that logical housing solutions that are sustainable save money, no matter which country you reside.

And even if your property is already built, it’s not too late to “greenify” your Nicaragua property.  Here are a few inexpensive and relatively easy suggestions that can be implemented into the Nicaraguan home you already own.   We suggest you take this list one at a time rather than tackling it all once.

1. Instead of renting a car, encourage your guests to share an airport shuttle, catch one of the many beach shuttles from the local surf shops in town or share in public transportation.

2. Use fluorescent light bulbs to save energy and money.  They can be difficult and expensive to find in Managua, but can easily be brought into the country.

3. Landscape your garden or terrace with native plants that require less water.  There’s a great selection on offer at the local “vivero”, or nursery, in town.

4. Use organic housekeeping products and pest control.  With a little baking soda, some lemons and vinegar, you might even consider making your own.

5. Add weather stripping to your doors and windows, especially if you have A/C.  Wooden door and window frames oscillate with the extreme sunshine and moisture, leaving gaps in the frames. Weather stripping will prevent cold air from leaking out and warm air from entering.  In addition to saving money on electric bills, it will help keep the bugs out which your guests will appreciate.

6. Build a rainwater collection system to water your garden or fill your pool.  With just a simple rain barrel, you’ll be surprised by how much water you can collect in the rainy season.

7. Use Energy Star rated appliances when it’s time to replace or upgrade your current appliances. There are Energy Star rated appliances in stock in Managua.

8. Compost.  Everyone should compost.  It’s so easy to do and it will make your garden flourish.

9. Don’t use the plastic bags handed out at Pali and the pulperias.  Bring a few reusable grocery backs down for your guests to use. Or better yet, buy a reusable grocery bag made of old rice bags from Manos Unidas, the local cooperative for adults with disabilities in San Juan del Sur.

Free Guide Reveals: 9 Things Your Vacation Rental In Nicaragua Absolutely Must Have

If you have a vacation rental in Nicaragua then you should take a look at our free guide on the 9 things your vacation rental absolutely must have.

The guide will be really useful to you because if your vacation rental has these 9 things, you’ll attract more renters and earn more rental income.

It’s Time For Resolutions

hammock timeIt’s New Year’s week.  Which means it’s time for resolutions. Why not go take care of one of these this week and start the year strong?

Here are 5 suggestions to help you succeed in San Juan del Sur in 2016.

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Celebrating the Best of San Juan Live 2015

Favorite posts from 2015As the new year approaches, we wanted to celebrate the highlights of the one about to pass.

It’s been a big year here at San Juan Live. Our traffic has doubled compared to the previous year, we’ve added hundreds of new subscribers to our email lists, we launched the San Juan Live Real Estate Marketplace, completely overhauled our learning centers, and hosted our first funding flash mob to support local non-profits.

We also published a wide range of content to help our readers get the most out of San Juan del Sur and Nicaragua. We feel fortunate that so many people are turning to us to learn about the experiences and lifestyles on offer in this sunny part of the world.

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The Season of Hope

Holiday Hope in Nicaragua || A compilation of photos from Jessica Gildersleeve, Joel Johnson and Blue.

A compilation of photos from Jessica Gildersleeve, Joel Johnson and Blue.

What gift is greater than hope?  

Hope that the days to come will be better than the season that past.  Hope that compassion will eclipse cruelty. Hope that abundance will win out over poverty. Hope that health will heal. Hope that a better education will ultimately result in an improved living condition.  

Hope changes everything. 

Through our recent holiday fundraising campaign we were able to donate $1,515 dollars to various non-profits in San Juan del Sur with your help.  

Together we bought 11 Christmas buckets filled with food and household essentials for the Rancho Chilamate food drive, school books for Escuela Adelante, kindle tablets for access to higher education for the San Juan Day School, library supplies for the Biblioteca Mobile, and much needed classroom essentials for the Manos Unidas co-op of people with disabilities.  

Thanks for helping us give the gift of hope this holiday season.  We couldn’t have done it without your generosity.  

P.S. Even though our holiday fundraising campaign is officially over, it’s never too late to give.  You can donate to these non-profits year round here. 

Festive Funding Flash Mob

FESTIVE FUNDING FLASH MOB POSTHere at San Juan Live we’re conscious of the magnitude of need in Nicaragua.  The good news is that there’s a group of wonderful non-profits and socially conscious businesses that try very hard to support the local community and make a real difference to local lives.  From supplemental education for youth and programs for people with disabilities, to environmental awareness and animal care, you’ll find a program with a heart for just about every need in San Juan del Sur. 

But while their missions may be different, they all have one thing in common… the need for additional funding. 

The work that these programs do is vital to the wellbeing and development of the local community.   Which is why this holiday season San Juan Live is hosting a “Flash Mob” of festive fundraising and everyone is invited to join! 

Here’s how it works:

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The San Juan Live Black Friday Sale Starts Today


The Black Friday Sale has ended. Thank you

Can you believe it’s almost December?

In the spirit of the holidays, we’re dropping the price of the Insider Guide To San Juan del Sur and The Real Estate Market Report for San Juan del Sur and the Emerald Coast starting right now…

Until this Tuesday you can get:

  • The Insider Guide to San Juan del Sur for $4.99 – That’s a saving of 37%. So if a trip to Nicaragua is in your future travel plans, now is the time to get the guidebook on San Juan del Sur.
  • The Real Estate Market Report for San Juan del Sur and the Emerald Coast for $4.99 – That’s also a saving of 37%. So if you’re interested in buying property here or you have property to sell, now is the time to get the Real Estate Market Report.
  • Both the Insider Guide and the Real Estate Market Report for just $6.99 – That’s a saving of more than 50% if you bought the two separately. So get the discount while you can.

On midnight, December 1, the prices will go back up.

Happy Holidays!

The Black Friday Sale has ended. Thank you

Giving Thanks

Giving ThanksWriting a post for things we’re thankful for in San Juan del Sur has become a Thanksgiving tradition at San Juan Live.  It reminds us to feel grateful not only for the warm waves and beautiful sunsets that Nicaragua consistently delivers, but also for the day-to-day dedication of people that often goes unnoticed, for the silver lining in experiences that didn’t quite go as planned and for the changes in town that we can reflect upon as signs of positive progress.

So as is customary at Thanksgiving, we’d like to keep the thanks alive in San Juan del Sur.  Here are 5 more things we’re grateful for: [Read more…]

Are you missing out on the best ways to experience San Juan’s stunning coastline?


After visiting San Juan del Sur for more than a decade, I’ve learned that there’s no better way to experience this stunning coastline than from the ocean.

I find that sitting on a boat, feeling the wind in my hair and gazing at the unfolding shoreline is enough to renew my love for San Juan del Sur. But you can kick your experience up a notch by adding something extra. Here are three ideas: [Read more…]