Moving to San Juan del Sur | Relocating to San Juan del Sur

If you are thinking about moving to San Juan del Sur you'll have lots of questions. In this section we cover a wide range of topics from cost of living, education, residency, retirement packages and other factors that will help you decide about relocating here.

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Best of San Juan del Sur: Results of the Readers Poll

We’ve just wrapped up our first readers poll on San Juan del Sur.

The goal? To find out find out what folks think are the best places to eat, drink and have some fun in San Juan del Sur.

Nearly 100 people responded and the results are pretty interesting!

So interesting in fact that we compiled them into a shareable infographic which you can check out below.

If you want to embed the infographic on your website we’ve included the code at the bottom of the post. [Read more…]

What I’ve learned from living in San Juan del Sur for 7 years

If you're thinking about moving overseas, you'll definitely want to read.  Click the link to find out What I’ve learned from living in San Juan del Sur for 7 years.

Reflecting back on the version of myself that moved to town 7 years ago, I cringe at my naivety. Ignorance is most certainly bliss. I don’t think I even knew what dengue fever was when I moved here.  But in the same vein, I am thankful for all the things that blossomed with experience.  There’s a big difference between trying to make a living here and trying to make a life. 

A healthy life in San Juan del Sur is founded on authentic friendships, compromise and gratitude. It exposes weakness, disregards prestige and has no room for pride.   At times it calls for humility and others courage – sometimes in the same day.  Over the years my attitude has changed. It’s not better, or worse, it’s just different.  My filter of expectations has adjusted and I’m a lot happier for it.

So in no particular order, here are a few nuggets of wisdom that took me far too long to learn.  

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Keep the Thanks Alive: 10 More Things to Be Thankful for in San Juan del Sur

Be ThankfulIf you’re living or traveling in Nicaragua, chances are you’ll start craving turkey, stuffing and gravy around the fourth Thursday of November.  San Juan del Sur isn’t exactly known for changing leaf colors and gourmet holiday delights during Thanksgiving, but it does deliver countless things to be thankful for.  And often it’s the day-to-day things that we take for granted.

So in the spirit of Thanksgiving, we’d like to keep the thanks alive in San Juan del Sur.  Here are 10 more things we’re thankful for.  Some are big. Some are small.  But they are all worthy of giving thanks.

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San Juan del Sur Day School Growing Pains

Day SchoolBack in 2009, the San Juan del Sur Day School was a 1/2 day preschool for children aged 2 to 4 years. Over the last several years we’ve watched it blossom into a quality, international school educating kids from 18 months to 9 years in levels Pre-K thru 4th grade.

The teaching faculty is highly qualified and diverse, with teachers regularly putting in extra hours to re-decorate classrooms, paint playground equipment and develop new, inspiring curriculums.  The student body is growing – both in age and in the number of students per class. A Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) was formed in March 2014 to strengthen commitment and collaboration between families and staff.  And plans for the construction of a new campus are underway. No matter how you measure the history of this school, it’s growing.

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How well do you know San Juan del Sur? (Part 2)

san juan del sur churchIt’s trivia time again.  Another chance to test your knowledge of San Juan del Sur.  For this round we’re going to dig a little deeper into the country, the culture and every day life in Nicaragua.

If you’ve spent enough time in San Juan del Sur, you should already know some of these answers but we’ll bet you will learn something new from taking this trivia quiz.

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7 Books About Nicaragua Worth Reading


As Brooke and I were writing The Insider Guide to San Juan del Sur we started to compile a list of books to help our readers learn more about Nicaragua and its history.

While these books won’t help you decide what to do each day, where to stay or how to get there (that’s what The Insider Guide is for) they will help round out your knowledge about the country.

All the books on the list are great so we have no problem recommending them to you (and using our affiliate link which will take you to Amazon).

We’ve kicked off the list with Rubén Darío as he leads the way in Nicaragua’s literary tradition. But if reading poetry is not your style there are options for you to consider: [Read more…]

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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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…]

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…]