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The Art is in the Streets

San Juan del Sur isn’t exactly known for its booming art scene.  But what it lacks in art galleries it makes up for in brightly painted homes, wall murals and creatively decorated storefronts.  Walk through the streets and you’ll see signs of artistic expression on just about every block.

So keep your eyes peeled and mind open.  This is one creative town.  Here are a few of our favorites…

Gato Negro

El Gato Negro

El Gato Negro’s colorfully painted exterior stimulates the creativity of the folks who pass through its doors. The shelves are lined with inspiration and the food makes you feel more connected to the earth.

Simon SaysThe creativity that is Simon Says starts at the entrance hallway and carries through to every corner of the beautifully decorated outdoor patio.  The wall mural pictured above greets you at the door. 

Volcan Music

Volcan Music

Volcan Music’s Rastafarian inspired storefront features an impressive line of hand crafted guitars and ukuleles. The vibe inside is exactly as laid back as you’d expect it to be.

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You’ve got to go inside to see this one, but it’s too good not to include.  The life-size wall paintings are so life-like that you’ll easily recognize the local expats.  Truly the mark of a legendary roadhouse.

Good Times Surf Shop

The wave painted on this building just makes me want to surf. As expected, they’ve got everything you need for the beach inside. Evidence, perhaps, that a picture can be worth a thousand words.

Paso Pacifico

You’ll have to travel a little south of town to see this beautiful mural painted by Paso Pacifico on the Carlos Guzman school in the community of El Carizal. Every aspect of the painting teaches about environmental conservation.

Sandino  Mural

Directly opposite the main church you’ll find this large mural of General Augusto C. Sandino.  The building dates back to 1912 and previously served as city hall, jail and courthouse. The Sandino mural was originally painted in 1979. Its slogan “Jamas Nos Vencerán”, or “We will never be defeated”, is dedicated to the unsung heroes of the revolution.

What’s you favorite piece of street art in San Juan del Sur?

The Essential Guide to the Best Neighborhoods on Nicaragua’s Southern Pacific Coast

neighborhood-guide-coverLocation! Location! Location!

It’s perhaps the most commonly recited real estate tenet. The mantra is repeated three times because it’s a crucial factor in defining the value of a property.

And so if you’re considering living and investing in Nicaragua it’s essential that you spend some time researching the different locations and neighborhoods.

To help you with this, we’ve created a free guide to the most sought after neighborhoods on Nicaragua’s Pacific Coast.

The guide gives you:

  • Insight into which locations offer the optimum combination of value and amenity.
  • An up-to-date snapshot of median prices for lots and houses to help you understand the market.
  • Better understanding of where you should focus your attention.
  • A sample of real estate listings for each neighborhood.
  • A path to clearer decision making about where to live and invest in Nicaragua.
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Whether you’re just getting out of the gate with your interest in Nicaragua or you’re a regular visitor, you’ll find it an invaluable guide.

In fact, you should go ahead and grab it even if you’ve already bought a property here – it’s a fantastic primer on the real estate market and will give you insight into your own property value.

How To Get Awesome Deals In San Juan del Sur

deals-and-coupons-san-juanAt the end of last year we produced our first deal directory full of awesome deals on quality products and services.

It’s really taken off and we’ve been receiving more coupons, getting requests for more deals and hearing great feedback from our subscribers.

So we’re releasing another edition… that’s bigger and better.

Subscriber Bonus: Get a free copy of the latest Deal Directory and save money in San Juan del Sur.

Here’s what you need to know:

What

The Deal Directory is available free to our subscribers. It’s packed with hand-picked deals and coupons so that you can save on the best places to eat, drink, get active & have fun in San Juan del Sur.

Who

Flip open the Deal Directory and you’ll find deals on local hotels, restaurants, legal services, yoga, babysitting, 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. (If you are a local business that wants to offer deals, contact us here.)

Why

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.

How

Here’s the link to download the bigger, better and shinier San Juan Live Deal Directory.

15 Reasons Why Investors Are Buying Real Estate In Nicaragua

“Why did you buy real estate in Nicaragua?”

It’s a question we’ve been asking since 2002, when we first started working in the Nicaragua real estate sector.

In that time we’ve found that some people make the decision to buy based on hard logic and a calculator, while others connect with the country on an emotional level.

Some pick out one reason and tell us, “Yes that’s why I bought property,” while others build a broader investment case.  Some have deeply personal stories that drive them to seek out something new; others buy for more objective reasons.

But despite all the different personalities and backstories, over the years we’ve noticed the same set of reasons and the same underlying concepts appear again and again.

So we decided to set them out in this short video.

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Here’s what to do next

Ready to find great property deals in Nicaragua and get your questions answered?

Follow these steps:

Video transcript

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San Juan del Sur Loves Volleyball

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Did you know that Bring It Promotions Volleyball Agency has hosted over 30 college and club volleyball teams from the United States in Nicaragua?  And did you know that all 30 have come to San Juan del Sur?

That’s right, since 2007 teams from all over the US have taken on the Nicaragua national and junior teams right here in San Juan del Sur’s Parque Deportivo.

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An Update on the Casa Llanta Fund

Casa Llanta FundSince 2007 our community outreach has evolved from the distribution of school and sports supplies to a multi-front education-centered foundation called the Casa Llanta Fund.  We’ve always taken a grass roots approach to problem solving real life issues that exist in our community and we’ve grown with the needs of our neighbors.  

So what exactly does the Casa Llanta Fund do and where does the money go? Here’s a status update on our key initiatives:

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What’s it like to live and invest in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua?

Good question.

We’re going to answer it by interviewing local businesses owners, residents and retirees.  They’ll show you first hand what life is like in Nicaragua.

We made a short video that tells you our plans for 2015.  It’s about 1 minute long.  Take a look:

P.S – We’re getting new listings every week on the San Juan Live Real Estate Marketplace. You can see them here.

P.P.S – Are you trying to sell your property and feeling stuck?  If so, we can help.  Have a look at our Sellers Learning Center or drop us a line and we’ll get you back on track.

A Jewel on the Emerald Coast

view of wavesYou can’t put a price on the sound of the waves.

But that’s exactly what you get when you stay at Aqua Wellness Resort.  It’s just part of the experience when you book one of their treetop villas set above a lovely white-sand beach in a secluded bay.  

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A History of San Juan Del Sur

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Sure, San Juan del Sur is a surf-orientated region with beautiful beaches and landscapes. But did you know that San Juan del Sur also has a rich history with roots stretching back to the 16th century when Spanish conquistadors made use of the protected anchorage?

Then in the mid-1800 San Juan del Sur’s days were filled with gold prospectors eager to travel to California to seek their fortune.  A little later, waves of foreigners arrived to work with the Central and South American Telegraph that laid a submarine system of cables.   And in the early 1990’s San Juan del Sur’s train station was built connecting the town by rail to San Jorge, Managua and Granada. [Read more…]

Things That Could Happen to You in San Juan del Sur

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You’ll leave town without drinking the surfing kool-aid.

We’re going to let you in on a little secret.  Most people living in San Juan del Sur don’t surf.  But if you’re a traveler on holiday, chances are that you’ll at least give it a go one day. The beautiful beaches, warm waves and laid back surf culture are inviting.  Some might even call it irresistible.  (And even if you never get in the water, you can still follow the surfers guide to a blissful vacation in San Juan del Sur.  In fact we recommend it.)

Probably Won’t Happen

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