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)

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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.

Let’s dive in: [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…]

Two Free Tickets to Pitaya Fest for a Lucky San Juan Live Subscriber


Winner: Congratulations to Ricardo Claro! Get free email updates from San Juan Live for a chance to win future prizes.

It’s coming.  Pitaya Fest 2014.  With a fantastic lineup of live music, great food, local art and handmade crafts, Pitaya Fest is THE place to be on Saturday, March 15th.

And here’s the best part – you can go to the fest for free.  Yes, totalmente libre.   Pitaya Fest has partnered with San Juan Live to offer two free tickets to one of our lucky subscribers.

Now how do you win these awesome tickets?

Simple.  All you have to do is be on our email list.  Get our updates on San Juan del Sur delivered via email for free (we hate spam, so don’t worry about that) and you could win the free tickets.  And if you’re already a subscriber, no worries – you’re already eligible to win.

We’ll pick a winner at random from San Juan Live subscribers on Wednesday, March 12th.  We’ll notify you via email and you’ll have 24 hours to claim your tickets.  Otherwise we’ll draw again and give them to the next subscriber in line.

So all you have to do is click here to sign up for updates, and you’re eligible to win.  Oh and get your festival partner to subscribe as well for a greater chance of winning.  Good luck!

Pitaya Fest
Playa Hermosa – Saturday, March 15th .
It all kicks off at 3pm.
Pitaya Fest Website
Pitaya Fest Facebook Page

All You Need is Love


Valentine’s Day is one of those emotional holidays that people either love or hate.  Either way, it’s here to stay.

In North America, the candy hearts, lovey-dovey messages and Valentine cards seem to appear on grocery store shelves the day after Christmas. In Nicaragua the Valentine vibe is much less apparent. But we’re noticing that “Día del Amor y la Amistad” (Spanish for “Day of Love and Friendship”) is becoming more celebrated in the region.

Children in San Juan del Sur don’t typically exchange Valentines at school, but the local businesses in town are starting to jump on board the celebration by offering cupid themed specials on February 14th.

Whether you’re observing 50 years of marriage or just looking for a dance partner, we’ve consolidated a list of Valentine’s Day specials around San Juan del Sur to spread the love. [Read more…]

The Best of San Juan Live 2013

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This time of year it’s hard to get away from the ubiquitous “best of 2013” posts. So why not one for San Juan Live?

Here are some of our votes for the best San Juan Live articles from 2013, based both on your enthusiasm and our own. If you missed anything from 2013, here’s another shot at it.

In no particular order: [Read more…]