On waiting for permission.

photo credit // Jessica GildersleeveIf you are waiting for somebody to give you permission to move to Nicaragua, then it may never happen.  If the change that you want to experience in your life is contingent on somebody else, than there may be no end to your waiting. Nobody is going to give you permission.  

And by the way, you don’t need their permission anyway.  Your life is your own and you can just do it. 

There will never be a perfect time to quit your job or move your family.  You will also never get to the end of your to-do list. 

The time to manifest your future is now.  Or never.

Fight Club Gym: Get Fit & Stay Strong

machine-min-1024x708 (1)It’s true that San Juan del Sur’s selection of beach front restaurants, happy hour specials and live music make it difficult to stay in shape and eat healthy. But with the opening of Fight Club Gym, you no longer have an excuse to let your health and fitness slide.  In fact the gym is a meeting ground for the tribe of people in this town who strive for a healthy lifestyle.
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A Tropical Concierge Mid-week Vacation to the Emerald Coast

IMG_3762 (1)When Kenny, owner and founder of Tropical Concierge called me on Tuesday asking if I wanted to go on a road-trip to the Emerald Coast to surf and play golf, my response was, “when?”  To which he answered, “tomorrow”.  That was all the convincing I needed.  I felt like it would be foolish to pass up an opportunity for a mid-week vacation with one of the best chef and surf-instructors in San Juan del Sur.  

Early the next morning I loaded my truck with all the necessary Nicaraguan road-trip essentials; surfboard, handcrafted nylon string guitar from Volcan Music, swim gear, flip-flops, sunscreen and an empty cooler which we’d obviously fill up at Maxi Pali in Rivas on the way out of town.  

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Check out these 7 high yield rental properties for sale in Nicaragua

2015 was another record breaking year for Nicaragua tourism.  According to Prensa Latina, 1.4 million tourists visited the country generating $450 million in economic activity.

A chunk of that money is spent on accommodation which is why we are highlighting properties that hold the promise for great rental returns.  They’re all located in areas popular with tourists and many are already producing an income and generating a return on investment. If you’re in the market for a rental property you should definitely check these out: [Read more…]

An epic sailing adventure on a “pirate ship” that should be on your bucket list

Sail Nicaragua | photo credit : Two Guys Adventures

“Walk the plank!” my 5 year-old sailing companion yelled at me from across the bow.  It doesn’t take much imagination to escape into a dream world on the newest “pirate ship” in San Juan del Sur’s harbor.

The vessel’s beautifully restored wooden deck, spiral staircase, hand carved rum-shot-sword and giant pirate flag make it easy to see why so many visiting sailors embrace the pirate fantasy on the cruise up Nicaragua’s Pacific coast with Two Guys Adventures. [Read more…]

Meet the locals: Who is the real Chuka?

I’d heard rumors about the artist from San Juan de Oriente who comes to San Juan del Sur on weekends only to sell his art.  I’d followed his trail of Pre-Columbian spiritual inspiration mixed with a modern Day of the Dead flavor hanging on walls in trendy places like Gato Negro and King Curry. There are plenty of street vendors on the malecon trying to get an extra buck by selling imposter paintings. But who is the real Chuka? We tracked him down.

Chuka“I was born in San Juan de Oriente. I am a descendant of indigenous people in my pueblo. To understand me, you must understand the roots of my ancestors.  [Read more…]

A Vision Ride to Big Sky Ranch

BigSkyHotel_mood (1)Dig your heels in and lean back” said my friend Blue just before we descended the steepest part of the ridge on horseback.  I grabbed the back of my saddle with my left hand and tightened up on the reins with my right.

The irony of her giving me a property tour on horseback was not lost on me. Seven years ago our roles were reversed.  She walked into my real estate office, a tourist on a fact-finding mission for property, and I took her horseback riding with Donn Wilson through the eco-inspired community of Las Fincas de Escamequita.

Even back then, she traveled with her cowboy boots.

But this ride was different. There were no lot lines, clean-cut horse trails or vehicle access roads.  I had to trust the horse’s footing because I could not see the ground beneath the thick brush.

We were on a “vision ride”.  She had a crystal clear vision for the future of the land and I hoped to wrap my head around it.

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5 things to do at Hacienda Iguana that don’t involve surfing

Kyle teeing off at Hacienda Iguana

Many surfers visit Hacienda Iguana on the Emerald Coast.

The reason?

The surf breaks at Playa Colorado and Panga Drops are world class and both can be accessed by foot from the development.

But I’ve lived in Nicaragua long enough to know that many visitors are not interested in surfing.

So is Hacienda Iguana still worth a visit?

Oh heck yes!

Here are 5 super fun things to do at Hacienda Iguana that don’t involve surfing.

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Costa Esmeralda Aeropuerto

IMG_8268 (1)At San Juan Live we like to stay up to date on what’s happening around here. And lately, there’s been a lot of positive progress in the region.  Roads are getting paved, new businesses are opening and the beaches seem to be more beautiful than ever (maybe that’s just because I’ve been surfing a lot lately).

But one of the biggest developments in the region is, without a doubt, the completion of the Costa Esmeralda Aeropuerto, located between Hacienda Iguana and Rancho Santana.  If you’re a homeowner on the Emerald Coast, this new airport is going to make it ridiculously easy for you to fly in and fly out without having to cross borders or drive long distances on the Pan American Highway.

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Meet the Locals: Richard Morales

Welcome to “Meet the Locals” – a new series of posts where we introduce you to San Juan del Sur locals (#Sanjuañenos) and chronicle their stories. We know our readers are going to love reading about other people in the community so we’re excited to make the introductions.

Ricardo Morrales

“I was born in Las Delicias and raised by my mother. She worked as a cook on a military base earning 350 cordoba each month. It was not always enough to feed us.  I dropped out of school in 6th grade because I felt that I had to help support my family. [Read more…]