Blogs from San Juan del Sur, Southern Pacific Coast, Nicaragua, Central America Caribbean

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San Juan del Sur was our last stop in Nicaragua. We weren't really sure what to expect; possibly a ramshackle town full of partying surfers and backpackers with little to keep us interested for more than a day or two. They do still have their Sunday Funday but it seems much lower key than it once was. We ended up chilling out there for six nights! url=https://www.booking.com/hotel/ni/nuestra-casa.en-gb.html?aid=1769628&sid=ef6f4c27fb07edaed3e690c1da73a6ed&all_sr_blocks=190855101_93047743_2_1_0;checkin=2024-02-26;checkout=2024-02-27;dest_id=1908551;dest_type=hotel;dist=0;group_adults=2;group_children=0;hapos=1;highlighted_blocks=190855101_93047743_2_1_0;hpos=1;matching_block_id=190855101_93047743_2_1_0;no_rooms=1;req_adults=2;req_children=0;room1=A%2CA;sb_price_type=total;sr_order=popularity;sr_pri_blocks=190855101_93047743_2_1_0__6971;srepoch=1708988397;srpvid=b7baa1b5689d0062;type=t... read more
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A rural walk


Happy Valentine's Day! I was lucky enough to get back to Pascal on February 14th after my loving parents drove me early to the airport on a cold Monday morning in NY. JetBlue's aircraft, a pretty new medium-sized affair had a problem detecting the fuel level, so there was a three-hour delay taking off. I kept thinking, maybe I won't see my husband on this romantic day after all. But no, we got off in time for me to make the second to last local bus from Liberia Costa Rica to the border at Penas Blancas. What is a Pena anyway? I got in a taxi on the other side of the border and was driven by an OK guy, can't really remember what we talked about, my Spanish is not so sophisticated so I ran ... read more
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Morning coffee after a great night's rest


We woke up and gathered our stuff up so that we could head out directly after breakfast. The hotel included breakfast, it started at 7:30, and our ferry reservation was for 10. The dock is around an hour drive from the hotel, and we wanted to get there about an hour early (we'd read that if you're not at least 40 min early, you can lose the car reservation). We decided we'd drive a different way than we originally came, to see a bit more of the island. Timing-wise it looked like it just took about 10 min longer than the other route. Unfortunately, there was no way for us to see that half of the trip was on dirt roads. Poor Gertie! She had already been such a trooper with all the bumps and ruts, ... read more
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Our second day without going anywhere in Gertie (the car). We'd been told that the beach to the south of us, Maderas, was a good surfing beach, and easy to walk to along the shore as long as the tide was low. It looked like late afternoon would be a good time to go, so in the morning we went to the closest beach. We got some boogie boards from the caretaker, but it wasn't really my thing. Waves are beautiful to watch, but I don't like being pummeled by them! In the afternoon, we walked over to Maderas. The shore was really pretty, lots of flat rock slabs, and tons of smooth stones, shells and driftwood. When we got over to Maderas beach, the waves weren't very high, so there was no one in surfing, ... read more
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A new day dawned, and I woke up feeling refreshed. From the house, you can hear the sound of the surf, so I decided to walk down and take a look at the beach. Sylvia was still in bed. I wandered down, and saw another couple coming out of a house just in front of ours, with their 2 dogs. They were also heading to the beach, and we talked a bit. They told me about the other beaches in close proximity, just a short walk away. I took a walk along the beach, and saw that we weren't as 'in the middle of nowhere' as we thought we were. There were several restaurants, and lots of little houses that looked like vacation homes. When I came back to our place, Sylvia was up. We decided ... read more
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To Everyone best wishes for an enjoyable Xmas-New Year's break. I'm back here in Nicaragua at the start of a 7 week sunny escape, beginning with San Juan del Sur, a traditional surfer and retired expat community. San Juan del Sur has turned out to be a great tropical acclimatizing spot....very friendly and helpful Nicas, hot sun and breezes, shuttling around in 4WDs with surfers and boards to picture perfect surfing bays, ceviche salads and beer at some really nice but under-utilized beach bars, the occasional parrot with howler monkeys in the bush, beach and headland hiking and swimming. But I guess if you're not an avid surfer, a week is probably enough. Onto Ometepe island next week. Friendly hospitality here has always been a keynote to a Nicaraguan visit, but now with fewer of us ... read more
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On Sunday morning, 22d of April, Rebecka and I left our hostel in Ometepe pretty early to catch a ride to the ferry station of the island. Unfortunately, no bus came by and no cars (most people on the island drive scooters or motorbikes), just taxis... So we decided to take one of those and for 8$US p.P. we got to the ferry station. Our driver was really nice, a young guy from Dominican Republic who lives on the island at the moment, and when he dropped us off, he even offered us a (free) watermelon! :-D He was the first to really tell us about the situation in the rest of Nicaragua. Last Wednesday, José Daniel Ortega, Nicaragua’s president, signed a new law that makes people pay more taxes and retired people get less money. ... read more
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Sonntag Morgen, den 22. April, haben Rebecka und ich unser Hostel in Ometepe ziemlich früh verlassen um eine Mitfahrgelegenheit zum Hafen der Insel zu erwischen. Leider kam weder ein Bus noch irgendein anderes Auto (die meisten auf der Insel fahren Scooter oder Motorrad), sondern nur Taxis... Wir entschieden also ein Taxi zum Hafen zu nehmen und mussten jeder 8$US zahlen. Unser Taxifahrer war total nett, ein junger Typ aus der Dominikanischen Republik der gerade bei seiner Mutter in Ometepe lebt, der uns sogar eine Wassermelone schenkte als wir am Hafen ankamen. :-D Er war der erste, der uns wirklich etwas über die aktuelle Situation in Nicaragua erzählte. Letzten Mittwoch hat José Daniel Ortega, der Präsident von Nicaragua, ein Gesetz unterschreiben, laut dem die Einwohner mehr Steuer zahlen müssen und Rentner wesentlich weniger Geld erhalten. Das hat ... read more
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nmhG2dDYvRI This was my first stop in Nicaragua. Crosses the land boarder from Costa Rica via bus. There was a bit of waiting at the boarder, but I made it thru without any issues. I made my way to my hostel. It was a bit small, but I managed. After checking in, I went out to explore the city. I was looking for the path to the light house, but was having difficulties. Then i saw a group of kids playing. They were curious and approached me. I don't remember what was said. They led and I followed. Eventually, we made it to the lighthouse. I expressed my gratitude, I felt a sense that they wanted more than a mere "Thank you." I worried that if I did offer them more, they may cause me trouble ... read more
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13.6. Um 6 Uhr haben wir eine Tour gebucht zu den «Islitas», den angeblich 365 kleinen Inselchen in der Nähe von Granada – bewohnt von einigen Reichen und einer Vielfalt an Vogelarten. Als wir um 5.30h aufstehen regnet es in Strömen. Als ich um 6 Uhr draussen stehe um zu fragen, ob wir eventuell später gehen können, hört es innerhalb weniger Sekunden auf und ein Sonnenstrahl lugt durch die Wolken. Wir sind allerdings erst kurze Zeit mit dem Boot unterwegs, als es wieder zu tröpfeln beginnt. Unser Capitano kann noch gerade vor dem schlimmsten Wolkenbruch in einen Bootsunterstand auf einer der Inseln steuern, dort warten wir das Gröbste ab. Unterhaltung bieten ein paar Kolibris der Grösse von Nachtfaltern, die im Busch nebenan trotz des heftigen Regens fleissig von Blüte zu Blüte schwirren. Es regnet ab und ... read more
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unser herziges Hüsli auf der Finca del Sol, Ometepe
Chillen auf der Veranda




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