Well here we are in San Juan Del Sur Nicaragua! When we initially began considering a three month excursion to Nicaragua, this was the place we thought of coming to. It was on the water, it was full of expats mainly from Canada, the United States and Europe and it was a little cooler than other parts of Nicaragua, with almost constant breezes blowing off the ocean.
It is a quaint little town, with a colorful collection of characters that can’t help to keep you entertained along the way. Our first night here we were invited out to Happy Hour by some fellow Canadians who have lived here for over four years. We had a wonderful time enjoying some great music and meeting several other expats who have decided to make their home here, many of them also raising their young children in this small Nicaraguan community. It was the complete opposite feeling that we had experienced in Granada and we instantly felt welcomed and part of the expat community.
After some serious house hunting we settled into a small condo about two blocks off the beach with a lovely view of the ocean. We loved the idea of sitting out on our balcony, watching all of the “goings on”, but still being far enough away from the beach where all the noisy partying tends to happen at night. Or so we thought! Our first night of living in our new little home we were awakened by the constant booming of loud music and disco lights flashing off of the water. Wow, how could this sleepy little town have suddenly turned into “Party Central”? Well, I guess the rumors were right….San Juan Del Sur is a party town! It suddenly dawned on us why so many of the expats we have recently met choose to live outside of the main area and head to the quieter hills and beaches surrounding San Juan Del Sur. All I can say is, thankfully we had only committed to one month in our condo, and with that in mind we immediately started looking for other accommodation.
As of now, I am happy to report that we have found a nice little apartment about a 20 minute walk to the town center. It is up on a hill, far from the noise of the nightlife in San Juan and we think it’s actually nicer than the condo we have now. It has a great kitchen, a nice little deck, where we can still gaze at the ocean and a pool. We are still not committing for more than one month but I think we will be much happier there. Will we still visit San Juan? Of course we will but definitely not late at night……I think we’d rather be sleeping!