10 Things to Be Thankful for in San Juan del Sur


Thanksgiving is a national holiday primarily celebrated in the States as a day of thankfulness for the abundance of harvest each fall. Over the years it has also come to be known as Turkey Day for the primary dinner dish we indulge in each fourth Thursday of November. It also marks the day before Black Friday which everyone knows is the beginning of the holiday shopping season.

In the spirit of gratitude, we would like to take this Thanksgiving to share 10 things we’re thankful for in San Juan del Sur.

1. Sunsets

Every single day the sun sets over the ocean. It is one of the greatest blessings that the Pacific Ocean bestows upon us between 5 – 6pm. Whether you are sitting on your surfboard in the water or on a stool at one of the many beach front bars, there are not many places in the world that offer a better setting to view this natural spectacle.

2. The dollar stretching economy

Beers at most restaurants and bars in San Juan del Sur are still only 35 cordoba or less. This means that with only $5 dollars in your pocket, you can buy a round of beer for yourself and 3 friends.

3. Monkeys in the trees

Their ferocious roar makes them sound like a greater threat than they are. Whether they are swinging through the trees by their tails or taking a midday nap, these furry creatures are always fascinatingly human-like to watch in their natural habitat. And you’ve got to admit, it’s pretty cool to live in a place where monkeys roam freely.

4. Warm weather

You can wear flip-flops year round. The same goes for sundresses and board shorts. The 5 day forecast for Thanksgiving week is mostly sunny with scattered rain showers at night. The temperature ranges from 86 in the morning to 75 at night (that’s 30 in the morning to 24 at night in Celsius). Oh yeah, and did we mention that the surf report calls for an incoming swell this Friday?

5. Open-air rides

Riding in the back of pick-up trucks is completely legal. Enjoy the open air while cruising down a dirt road or through a jungle to the beach. You’ll notice your perspective broaden as you see so much more from the back of a pick-up truck. You’re also likely to make friends along the way.

6. Fresh seafood

The seafood is always fresh off the boat. Thirty meters past the entrance to the port, a line of stalls marks the fish market. From octopus to yellow fin tuna, San Juan del Sur does fresh seafood well. Just walk into any restaurant and ask for the catch of the day.

7. Fruits you won’t find at home

The variety of tropical fruit available is colorful, healthy and delicious. Giant green papayas hang from fruit trees. Bright pink and green pitayas grow on cactus. Children climb mango trees to pick low hanging fruit. Here you’ll find varieties of fruit that you can’t get at home in your local grocery store. And it’s all comparatively inexpensive if bought at the local mercado.

8. Connections with interesting people

The smart, adventurous, interesting, quirky, funny and ambitious people we’ve met in San Juan del Sur have blown us away. Amazing people live here, doing extraordinary things with their lives.

9. Roaming turkeys

There are live turkeys roaming around. Yes, it’s true. We’ve got the evidence to prove it. The turkey above was photographed just 6 miles south of town.

10. You

Thank you so much for reading our articles about San Juan del Sur, subscribing to updates and sharing our posts. We’re enormously grateful for your time and attention.

What’s on your list?

Have you got a list of things you are grateful for? Let us know in the comments what’s on your list this year.

Happy Thanksgiving from San Juan Live.


  1. Roberto Guerra says:

    Thankfull for my soon to past divorce! After living with a bully! & a person who kept me down for the past 26years! Court date Dec 10th! Planning a trip to San Juan to unwind in March 2014. Possibly buying a home there ? Close to a second retirement ! Thanksgiving day is my 55th birthday! & I am in San Antonio TX celebrating with my family!

    • No better place to be for an early retirement!
      Life is good here. I do what I love, ride, cook , bake, eat , walk and read!
      Especially wonderful after 30 years of degradation and abuse!

  2. Roberto, Thanks for the comment and Happy 55th Birthday! Have a great day with your family.

  3. I’m thankful for being in San Juan for the month of Jan. Celebrating my 60th birthday! Happy B-day to me!