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Best Selfie Spots in San Juan del Sur

Photo Credit :  Keith Harper

Photo Credit : Keith Harper

Vibrant sunset over the ocean. Click. Perfectly shaped rolling waves. Click.  Lush exotic jungle. Click. Brightly colored colonial buildings. Click.

No question, San Juan del Sur is photogenic.  So whether you’re after an awesome selfie to make your friends jealous, or just a picture to capture the memory of your adventure in Nicaragua, here are a few of our favorite photo spots.

1. A Birds-eye View from the Jesus Statue

This is the best opportunity for a 360 degree of San Juan del Sur.  Standing almost 80 feet tall (24 meters), it’s the one of the tallest 10 Jesus statues on the planet.  And it’s perfectly positioned atop the rocky ledge of Pacific Marlin.  Believe it or not, it’s only a 45 minute walk from town. Visiting hours are 8am – 5pm and the entrance fee is $1 for Nationals and $2 for tourists. The photo of yourself and your friends towering above Nicaragua’s most picturesque bay…priceless.

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Parque Deportivo: Your answer to sports in San Juan del Sur

sports parkIf you’re looking for an inexpensive entertainment option that promises action and an authentic travel experience, consider catching a sporting event at the “parque deportivo”, sports park.

Located across from the beach on the southern end in between Cafetin Jugoso and the Barrio Planta Project, the sports park is San Juan del Sur’s only true sports facility. With the help of donors, it was built and is managed by Comunidad Connect.

Coconut venders sit outside the entrance gates and fisherman ride past on bicycles carrying their catch of the day. Children from Barrio Planta Project classes peak through classroom windows when sports are in play. And the teal blue bay is an ever present backdrop.

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Buddha’s Garden: From Field to Fork

Buddhas Garden Dinner.jpergRaw foodies and health nuts will love this sleek new space adjoining Zen Yoga. Bridget Perry and Matt Hamilton have brought healthy and conscious eating to San Juan del Sur with a cuisine that’s entirely 100% gluten, dairy and sugar free.

Their mission is:

To provide food and beverage options that offer complete nourishment for the body, mind and soul. We source our products from sustainable and organic sources and assure a wide variety of raw and vegan options to make even those who prefer meat think twice.

From seasonal green juices to hangover cures, the food is not only delicious, it’s guiltless.  Their wide variety of raw and vegan meal options make eating healthy a treat. In addition to salads, entrees and smoothies, they offer one, three and seven day juice cleanse packages.
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Announcing: 2 Content-Packed Real Estate Learning Centers

Buyer’s Learning Center

buyers-learning-center-originalJust a quick heads up to tell you about about the new Buyer’s Learning Center that we’ve put together.  If you’re interested in the Nicaragua real estate market you should take a look because you’ll find answers to the biggest questions about buying property here.

Click here for the Buyer’s Learning Center.

Seller’s Learning Center

sellers-learning-center-originalWe also have materials, checklists and step by step guidance for sellers – starting with the free report, “How to Sell Your Nicaragua Property Quickly.”  So if you have property to sell in Nicaragua, head to the Seller’s Learning Center.

Click here for the Sellers Learning Center.

What I’ve learned from living in San Juan del Sur for 7 years


Reflecting back on the version of myself that moved to town 7 years ago, I cringe at my naivety. Ignorance is most certainly bliss. I don’t think I even knew what dengue fever was when I moved here.  But in the same vein, I am thankful for all the things that blossomed with experience.  There’s a big difference between trying to make a living here and trying to make a life. 

A healthy life in San Juan del Sur is founded on authentic friendships, compromise and gratitude. It exposes weakness, disregards prestige and has no room for pride.   At times it calls for humility and others courage – sometimes in the same day.  Over the years my attitude has changed. It’s not better, or worse, it’s just different.  My filter of expectations has adjusted and I’m a lot happier for it.

So in no particular order, here are a few nuggets of wisdom that took me far too long to learn.  

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Hostel Clandestino: It’s Where You’d Rather Be


Photo Credit : Ale Romo

One of the perks of living in San Juan del Sur is that any given day has the potential for a unique experience. Nicaragua’s raw natural beauty and untamed wildlife inspires visionaries with a passion for nature.  Every day brings new travelers from all ends of the earth.

And every once in a while, travelers connect with locals to create something that enables a rare connectivity to nature.  The Nica Chill Surf & Yoga Retreat at Hostel Clandestino is one of those special experiences. [Read more…]

Subscriber Giveaway: The San Juan Live Deal Directory


We all love getting a deal.

But not any old deal.

What we really want is an awesome deal on a quality product.

Awesome deals on quality products

We’ve just compiled our first Deal Directory and it’s full of them.

We’re not just excited about the deals but who the deals are from

If you’ve read The Insider Guide you’ll know that we want to do our bit to help put quality local businesses in San Juan del Sur on the map. That’s not only because spending locally helps strengthen the local economy and community, but because it also gives you a more direct and authentic experience of this sunny corner of the world.

Flip open the Deal Directory and you’ll find deals on local hotels, restaurants, Spanish lessons, spa services, canopy tours, fishing tips, surf rentals and more… The deals are from great local businesses run by local residents passionate about providing the best products and services.

A free gift to our subscribers

The Deal Directory is a free gift to our subscribers and our way of saying thank you for your support and for taking the time to read San Juan Live. We hope you’ll stick around, because there’s much more coming in 2015.

So if you’re a subscriber, look for an email next week with a link to download the Deal Directory.

Not a subscriber?

How about signing up for email updates as well? C’mon, you know you want a good deal on the best places to eat, drink and have fun in San Juan del Sur.

Just click on this link and add your email.

That’s it, once you’ve added your email, BAM, you’re subscribed. You’ll receive the Deal Directory and also get weekly updates about San Juan del Sur.

Best of San Juan del Sur: Results of the Readers Poll

We’ve just wrapped up our first readers poll on San Juan del Sur.

The goal? To find out find out what folks think are the best places to eat, drink and have some fun in San Juan del Sur.

Nearly 100 people responded and the results are pretty interesting!

So interesting in fact that we compiled them into a shareable infographic which you can check out below.

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Black Friday Sale on Insider Guide to San Juan del Sur

BLACK FRIDAYIn the spirit of the holidays, we’re discounting the price of the Insider Guide by 40% for 10 days only, starting today. If a trip to Nicaragua is in your future travel plans, now is the time to get the guidebook on San Juan del Sur.

While other Nicaragua guidebooks only have a handful of pages on San Juan del Sur, every page of The Insider Guide showcases experiences that only San Juan del Sur can deliver.

The book is dedicated to promoting sustainable tourism by highlighting locally owned small-scale businesses and products made by social enterprises and co-operatives that have a social mission. And for every book sold on San Juan Live we’ll make a $1 donation to Comunidad Connect, a non-profit striving to protect the environment, educate youth and generate future employment for local people in San Juan del Sur.

If you don’t have a copy of the guidebook yet, now is the time to buy it. You won’t see savings this generous again.



Keep the Thanks Alive: 10 More Things to Be Thankful for in San Juan del Sur

Be ThankfulIf you’re living or traveling in Nicaragua, chances are you’ll start craving turkey, stuffing and gravy around the fourth Thursday of November.  San Juan del Sur isn’t exactly known for changing leaf colors and gourmet holiday delights during Thanksgiving, but it does deliver countless things to be thankful for.  And often it’s the day-to-day things that we take for granted.

So in the spirit of Thanksgiving, we’d like to keep the thanks alive in San Juan del Sur.  Here are 10 more things we’re thankful for.  Some are big. Some are small.  But they are all worthy of giving thanks.

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