The more time I stay in San Juan del Sur, the more intrigued I become with the Escamequita neighborhood south of town. The improved access (the road from San Juan del Sur has been paved most of the way) is turning this into a growth area, but as soon as you get off the main roads, it still feels secluded, picturesque and very rural.
Children guide farm animals along narrow paths, ox-wagons roll by on wooden wheels and vaqueros (Nicaraguan cowboys) ride tall in the saddle. All around are rolling hills interrupted by the occasional river flowing through stands of trees on the way to the ocean. It’s the kind of country that will inspire you to move into a hacienda, start an organic vegetable garden and throw away your cell phone.
The main beaches of this area are Playa Hermosa, Yankee and Escameca – all with great surf breaks. You’ll often see pick-up trucks and hostel shuttles piled high with surfers and surfboards on the way to one of the breaks, occasionally pulling over to watch some howler monkeys in the trees.
Apart from a couple of restaurants (Rancho Tere in Escamequita and another on Hermosa beach) this is not a place where you’ll find much in the way of services. But you’re only around 15 minutes from San Juan del Sur, so getting provisions should not be too much of a chore.
Escamequita Real Estate
On the real estate front the main developments are Las Fincas de Escamequita, Arribas Verde (both offering large sized lots in the hills behind Playa Hermosa), Cantamar El Yankee (with views overlooking Playa Yankee) and Costa Dulce (located on the northern headland of Playa Escameca). The closer you get to the ocean, the smaller the lots and the higher the prices. But you can still snag an ocean view property for under $50,000. If you’re partial to the rural views and larger lot sizes, a 4 acre property can be yours for less than $35,000. View real estate between Playa Hermosa and Playa Yankee in the neighborhood of Escamequita.
As you head out of San Juan del Sur take a right just before the bridge. (If you pass the grocery store Pali on your right, you’ve missed the turning.) Stay on the paved road past the houses of Las Delicias, following it as it forks left. (The right fork is unpaved). Around 6km later, you’ll reach the start of the Escamequita neighborhood at the village of El Carizal and the entrance to Hermosa beach. The road is still paved at this point. Head further on and you’ll reach Yankee and Escameca.