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How San Juan del Sur Makes You Feel

San Juan del SurPeople ask me all the time why I moved to San Juan del Sur.  And my answer is always the same… It’s how it makes me feel:

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How to have an Amazing Travel Experience in San Juan del Sur

cover-300-insider-guideThe Insider Guide to San Juan del Sur just went live.  And we’re offering 40% off the cover price until 5th September, 2014.

So for just $4.70 you’ll have all the knowledge and inspiration you need to get best out of your trip to San Juan del Sur.

And if you’re still in travel planning mode the Insider Guide will help you work out if San Juan del Sur is the right place for your next trip.

Learn more about what the Insider Guide includes and secure your discounted copy here. [Read more...]

6 Top Spots for Coffee in San Juan del Sur

coffee shopNicaraguan growers have been producing quality coffee since the 1850s, so it was only a matter of time before specialist coffee shops serving local beans started to open in San Juan del Sur.

So whether you’re a long time resident, interested in relocating to San Juan del Sur or planning a visit, I give you 6 great spots to get your caffeine fix (plus a bonus spot).  And best of all, San Juan del Sur is still a chain free zone.
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7 Things you Must Not Miss when you take your Vacation in San Juan del Sur

7-things-must-not-missWalk into any large travel agency and posted on the main walls are the glossy posters of big name attractions around the world. These are the anchor experiences that the travel agency is trying to promote.

For many people they are a destination in their own right, or a big part of the decision process in choosing where to go.

So how does this apply to a vacation in San Juan del Sur?

Like all vacation spots, San Juan del Sur has a set of top experiences and archetypical activities that represent the best of the place. The kind of experiences that make you think; “Only in San Juan del Sur“.

Residents know what these are, but we’d bet that none of them have ever graced the shelves of that travel agency we mentioned.

Read the rest of the article and sign up to discover the 7 things you must not miss in San Juan del Sur

How well do you know San Juan del Sur? (Part 1)

SJDS beachfrontPhoto Credit: Wendy Alexander Jacobson

I’ve been living in San Juan del Sur for 7 years now and I still feel like I learn something new every week.   Sometimes even every day.  There’s always more to learn about the local culture, the surrounding natural environment, the history of the country, the lives of our resident neighbors and of course the Spanish language and it’s local nuances.

So how well do you know San Juan del Sur?

Take this quiz and you may find out that you still have a lot to learn about the town you think you know so well.

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Answered: Your Questions on Starting a Business in Nicaragua

starting-a-business-thumbWhen people sign up for our free updates we always ask: “What’s the top thing you would like to know about San Juan del Sur?”

Looking back over the past year, questions about starting a business keep coming up.

So in order to get them answered, we collected the best questions and sent them to Eduardo Cabrales Cuadra, attorney with the legal firm Garcia & Bodan.

His answers are relevant whether you’re a San Juan del Sur veteran or just starting to explore Nicaragua as a place to find a business niche and fund your life.

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Hotel Victoriano Serves up a Sense of Occasion

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Hotel Victoriano is a San Juan del Sur landmark and I’d heard good things about the onsite “Vintage Restaurant”.  So when my two dining companions suggested we meet there for lunch, I jumped at the opportunity.

The mansion was built in the early 1900s by British immigrant William Cross, using materials shipped over from England. It later became a weekend retreat for the ruling Somoza family, before being carefully restored into the 21 room Hotel Victoriano.

We were the only ones here for lunch but that didn’t seem to take away from the sense of occasion. [Read more...]

8 Twitter Feeds every Ex-pat in San Juan del Sur should be Following


Are you looking for the latest updates on regional news in Nicaragua? Perhaps you just want up to date information on activities and events in San Juan del Sur? If you are new to Nica or just looking for faster access to broad sources of news in the region, here’s a list of ten twitter pages you should absolutely be following as an Ex-pat in San Juan del Sur. [Read more...]

Answers to the most frequently asked Nicaragua Residency Questions

nicaragua-residency-reportResidency questions keep coming up here at San Juan Live.

So we decided to ask Gloria Pérez Esquivel, Associate with law firm Garcia & Bodan to help get the questions answered.  Her work focuses on Immigration Law with incentives for the special tourism segment, so she’s the perfect person to help with all things related to Nicaragua residency. [Read more...]

Ranch Couple needed for Rancho Chilamate in Nicaragua

rancho-chilamate-ranch-coupleWe’ve been noticing that our post on “The simple reason why Tom moved overseas” attracts lots of comments from our readers.

People are obviously interested in moving overseas to a place like San Juan del Sur, with its easy going vibe, natural beauty and low cost of living.

So when we saw that Blue at Rancho Chilamate is looking for a Ranch Couple we thought we’d share the news with our readers.

Here’s the link to the original article, which we’ve also copied in full below. [Read more...]