It’s Time For Resolutions

hammock timeIt’s New Year’s week.  Which means it’s time for resolutions. Why not go take care of one of these this week and start the year strong?

Here are 5 suggestions to help you succeed in San Juan del Sur in 2016.

1. Lend a helping hand

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, we encourage you to volunteer or make a financial contribution this year. The magnitude of need is bottomless and the rewards are immeasurable. In past articles we’ve highlighted worthy non-profits that need volunteers and financial support. We’ve also laid out reasons to volunteer.

Make it your mission to connect with and support a non-profit, a school, or a service organization this year.

2. Plan ahead

One of Nicaragua’s most desirable characteristics is its laid back, live-in-the-moment lifestyle. However when it comes to vacation rentals, planning ahead can offer significant savings for visitors (and rental income for owners) if you are aware of the calendar.

While everyone expects occupancy rates and rental prices to jump between Christmas and New Years, many foreigners are not aware of the Nicaraguan Holiday Calendar. If you are a homeowner and have the flexibility to travel then we suggest you rent your vacation home for an elevated rate on these dates, and if you are a visitor, you may want to consider avoiding travel to San Juan del Sur.

For 2016 the dates to mark in your calendar are: Easter or “Semana Santa” (March 21 -27); Independence Day Weekend or “Fiestas Patrias” (September 15-18) and New Year’s Eve (December 28, 2016 – January 2, 2017).

3. Keep evolving

Don’t be afraid to change your initial plan. If you’re looking to relocate to Nicaragua you’ve probably got an alternate lifestyle in mind – whether it’s working for yourself, working in a trade or at a hobby you’ve always aspired to, or maybe not working at all.

The reality is that Nicaragua is almost always different than we expect, in both good ways and less good ones. Our advice is not to get discouraged, learn the lessons, get excited about the possibilities and continue to reinvent your life in Nicaragua.

4. Stay healthy

There are no shortage of social events in San Juan del Sur. Not a day goes by when live music isn’t available and a sunset cocktail at the beach doesn’t sound like a good idea. But life in Nicaragua isn’t always a holiday. In light of the beautiful natural landscapes and timeless beach vibe, it takes a bit of self discipline to stay fit and maintain a healthy diet.

We suggest you pay a visit to the gym, try your hand at yoga and visit restaurants that offer healthy food like this one, this one, or this one.

5. Make the most of your down time

Yes, the power sometimes goes out, the internet can be painfully slow at times and many businesses are closed on Sundays – sometimes starting on Saturday afternoon.

Most of the time you know in advance and can plan accordingly, but there are times when you will be taken by surprise. Don’t let it frustrate you. Just roll with it. Go to the beach (it’s always open), remember there is always something to be grateful for, enjoy the slower paced life and try again “mañana”.

Editors Note: This set of new year resolutions was originally published for the year 2014. We’ve updated it a little but the advice is as relevant as ever.


  1. Gary Perry says:

    Hey Brooke, thanks for sharing your insight and words of encouragement. I always enjoy reading your articles. In fact I’ll be in SJDS during the first part of February to meet with Will Pattison to discuss new home designs for the lot I purchased at Remanso. Thanks to you!
    Keep up the good work!

    Gary Perry

  2. Namaste 🙂
    thank you for your articles. I am planning to move to Nicaragua in december. I am thinking to rent something at first where i can also have some place to give treatment ( massage, reiki and yoga therapy) while looking for a small land to buy in the jungle for a sustainable lifestyle with a healing center. I would like to be not too far from the beach but still more inland. I wonder if you have any recommendation to help me to pick an area!?
    Thank you so much.
    Sincerly, Josy