Sometimes, you just loose stuff. It's inevitable, especially on a trip like our's so it's no surprise that we lost our 'food bag'. Our best guess is that we left it in the road when we were donning our backpacks just off the bus from Rivas. We were a tad distracted by talking to another couple and it's entirely possible we left it there. It's annoying at worst and we certainly could've misplaced something of much higher value. So after much looking around and asking the bus driver at the stop, we gave up but we always had an eye out for the lost bag, just in case.
Although we started our time in San Juan del Sur on a somewhat sour note, it was a fun place to visit. From what we hear, it's a major party place. Since we're such big partiers (wink, wink), it sounded like just the place for us. Fortunately for all those less party inclined, San Juan is still a beautiful place to visit and boasts major waves. The town itself doesn't have a surf beach but it is a fantastic beach for taking a dip to cool off from the blistering sun. There
are also loads of bars and restaurants along the beach; all of which seemed dead while we were there but it was the low season to be fair. No reflection on those bars and restaurants since we never actually went in them.
Our favourite place was called La Carretera. The only negative was that it wasn't directly on the beach. But it more than made up for that con with 2 for 1 mojitos for 50NIO (2.25CAD) and some of the cheapest seafood we've ever seen. We went there for dinner one night when we really didn't feel like cooking for ourselves. We originally thought we'd get the cheaper options but then Ashley saw the Surf & Surf (2 lobster tails and 2 shrimp skewers) dinner for 13.50USD and she couldn't resist. Then we just had to try the homemade German cheesecake. It was all simply delicious. The restaurant is owned by an interesting character: a German expat who moved to Nicaragua in 1997, who we got to chat with a few times on our multiple visits.
While in San Juan, we mostly stuck to the surfing that this section of Pacific coast is known for. The thing
about San Juan del Sur is that even though it is known for the surfing, none of the surf beaches are in town so you have to take a shuttle to your desired beach each time you want to go surfing. We went to a surf shop called One Love. For our first day, we took a lesson from the owner Gianni (an Italian expat). Dan got the rundown of the basics of surfing and then went out on his own for most of the afternoon since he's already been surfing. Ashley on the other hand had a full lesson which she really enjoyed. You get a bit of an adrenaline rush when you actually stand up on the board. Gianni took us out surfing a couple more days to Playa Hermosa which is a beautiful beach. Even when you're not in the water, it's a nice place to sit in a hammock and read a book.
We only took a 1 day break from surfing so we could do a canopy zipline tour. We went with a company called Da Flying Frog because they had a great reviews and they have one of the biggest tours in the country with 16 lines. It's the dry season right now so there weren't many leaves on the trees but that meant that we could see exactly how high we were because we could see the ground. It also meant it was the low season so there was no one else around; Dan and I were the only ones on the tour so we didn't have to wait in long lines and had a chance to chat and get to know the two guides. The tour was really fun and I would recommend anyone not terrified of heights do some kind of zipline tour when in Central America. More pictures
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