The brightly colored buildings, cobblestone streets and historically preserved colonial architecture will capture your eyes the minute you arrive. Central America’s oldest Colonial city is nestled between Lake Nicaragua and Volcan Mombacho, making it one of the most popular tourist destinations in the region. There’s so many things that will tug at your attention in this city. In no particular order, here’s my top 5 things to do in Granada if you’ve only got a few days to spend. [Read more…] about 5 Must Do’s on a Visit to Granada
Our aim in this travel section is to enable you to get to the heart of Nicaragua and explore this beautiful region as a well-informed insider. Here you'll find articles featuring the best activities, restaurants, and accommodations on offer. And if you want to go deeper, download a copy of our Insider Guidebook to San Juan del Sur. Whether its adventure, nature, culture, or simply relaxation that you seek, our guidebook has you covered.
Nicaragua’s climate is defined by two seasons, the dry season and the rainy season.
The driest months run from December to May and there is little or no rain. The season is known locally as verano (summer) and it’s reliably sunny and hot.
The rainy season is invierno (winter) or “green season” and spans between June and November. The rains tend to be heaviest in September and October, which is when most tourists avoid travel to the region.
But what most people don’t know is that there are a ton of compelling reasons to plant yourself in Nicaragua between September and November.
Here are 5 secrets about the Green season in Nicaragua that all locals know (but never talk about): [Read more…] about 5 Secrets about the Green Season that Locals Know (But Never Talk About)
I’m a beach person.
I’m crazy about the surf in San Juan del Sur which is why I’ve lived here since 2007.
But I do enjoy sneaking away to the nearby colonial city of Granada on occasion because of its diverse selection of restaurants, art galleries, buzzing night life and close proximity to Laguna de Apoyo – a precious Volcanic crater lake.
If you’re planning a visit to Granada, here are 5 choice hotels to consider: [Read more…] about 5 Choice Granada Hotels
When Kenny, owner and founder of Tropical Concierge called me on Tuesday asking if I wanted to go on a road-trip to the Emerald Coast to surf and play golf, my response was, “when?” To which he answered, “tomorrow”. That was all the convincing I needed. I felt like it would be foolish to pass up an opportunity for a mid-week vacation with one of the best chef and surf-instructors in San Juan del Sur.
Early the next morning I loaded my truck with all the necessary Nicaraguan road-trip essentials; surfboard, handcrafted nylon string guitar from Volcan Music, swim gear, flip-flops, sunscreen and an empty cooler which we’d obviously fill up at Maxi Pali in Rivas on the way out of town.
“I was born in San Juan de Oriente. I am a descendant of indigenous people in my pueblo. To understand me, you must understand the roots of my ancestors. [Read more…] about Meet the locals: Who is the real Chuka?
At San Juan Live we like to stay up to date on what’s happening around here. And lately, there’s been a lot of positive progress in the region. Roads are getting paved, new businesses are opening and the beaches seem to be more beautiful than ever (maybe that’s just because I’ve been surfing a lot lately).
But one of the biggest developments in the region is, without a doubt, the completion of the Costa Esmeralda Aeropuerto, located between Hacienda Iguana and Rancho Santana. If you’re a homeowner on the Emerald Coast, this new airport is going to make it ridiculously easy for you to fly in and fly out without having to cross borders or drive long distances on the Pan American Highway.