Blogs from San Juan del Sur, Southern Pacific Coast, Nicaragua, Central America Caribbean - page 2


Docked in the horseshoe bay of San Juan Del Sur 7.00a.m. and tendered to the dock. Teamed up with Val and Merv from Sarena (Rae they are friends of Des and Chris from the World Cruise and who are going on the Japan cruise with Vic and Chris and you and Jim), lovely couple, we decided to share a taxi to Granada. Two hour drive to the city which is an old colonial town settled in 1540 and sits on the edge of the magnificent Nicaragua Lake (this lake is 110 mile long by 45 mile wide, largest in Central America), thought to once have been ocean but a volcano explosion separated it from the ocean as there are sharks and fish in this lake that are found nowhere else in the world, they had to ... read more

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Departing on Sunday morning from home was rough. Thanks to another year of an awesome and drunken holiday party, I was not as clear headed as I would have liked. Buy American Airlines doesn't care what I did the night before...I had a plane to catch. Thanks to TSA Precheck I rolled into MIA just about 60 minutes before my flight and to a TSA Precheck line that was practically out the door. It was going to be that kind of morning. Today's departure was to Managua, Nicaragua. This is my first trip abroad, not for work, in over a year and having nothing but my backpack feels so good. The flight is short and sweet. I napped in hopes to sleep off the rest of my night's prior party. Based on advice from my last ... read more

===English version below=== Nu we de steden van Nicaragua gezien hebben is het tijd om de kust op te zoeken. Wij weg naar San Juan del Sur. Een vissershaventje in volle expansie dat door “Jésus” wordt beschermd. De kreeft is hier zo goedkoop dat we drie avonden na mekaar kreeft bestellen. Waarom iets anders eten? Stevige golven, surfers in het water. Zwemmen lukt net, toch opletten of we gaan kopje onder. Tof hotelletje net aan het strand met een zwembad, uitgebaat door een Spaans-Argentijns koppel die vroeger professionele pokerspelers waren. Leuke boel hier. Ok, genoeg kreeft gegeten we gaan naar Ometepe. Een eiland met twee vulkanen, dat klinkt interessant als ze maar niet uitbarsten. Eindelijk raken we op de ferry voor de overtocht. Ze vertrekken met de ferry wanneer het hun past. Nog voor zonsondergang een ... read more
Twee zotte reizigers-two crazy travelers
Hotel San Juan del Sur
Jezus op bergtop - San Juan del Sur - Jezus on top of mountain

Our Arrival The bus drops you off next to the market in the middle of town. Where We Stayed Hostal Brisas Y Olas - $18 for a room with bathroom. We were up a spiral staircase and I think the rooms downstairs were $20. Free water which sometimes ran out, kitchen and balcony. Sunset Guesthouse - $10 for a double with shared bathroom. Small room but friendly owners. Nina's Guesthouse -$15 for a double with shared bathroom. Nice rooSm but no kitchen usage for guests. Hospedaje Soya - $12 for a double room with a shared bathroom between 2 rooms. Use of the kitchen. In Playa Maderas Matildas - $20 for a double with a shared bathroom between 2 rooms. At the end of the beach and nice places to sit around. Kitchen available so bring ... read more

Hey! Hey! It's been quite a long time since I've written a blovel! However, a lack of blogging does not mean a lack of trips! :) Side note: for those of you who don't know... I tend to go into unnecessary detail... blovel= blog + novel. Feel free to stop at any point. This is more of a reminder to myself, of life. :) So.. about a year and a half ago my (actual) Scottish friend Jill came to visit for a 3 week road trip around the Southern US. (Actual friend and actual Scottydog from Scotland) :) We started in Florida and a few days into the trip we'd already been at Disneyworld (Jill's idea) for more than enough time. It was our last night and we had a long drive to Atlanta the next ... read more
chicken bus
Fred and Carla

Flor de Caña is Nicaragua's, and Latin America's finest rum, and over the last week a group of us have drunk enough to keep the company afloat for many years to come.The border crossing from Costa Rica into Nicaragua was quite a hectic one, with full luggage searches and the buses fumigated inside and out as we stood under a big open outdoor roof area sweating away and politely shooing away the numerous money exchangers and spruikers selling all sorts of wares, from hammocks to chewing gum. Departing the bus at Rivas... read more
Sunset at Playa Maderas
Expecting to see a pirate ship sail past
Shane and Daina preparing the fish

A short shuttle bus from Granada (1.5 hours) and we arrived in San Juan del Sur, a surfers meca on the Pacific coast of Nicaragua. The town is small, only a couple of blocks deep spread along the beach. We arrived in time for the Nicaraguan independance day which the town decided to celebrate by erecting a stage with a big screen T.V. to show the Mayweather vs Alvarez fight. An unusual choice, we were expecting some music, but as our Hostel patio was right infront of the stage we grabed a beer and watched the contest. Quite a novelty having not watched any TV for weeks. We spent most of our days taking a pic nic and heading out to find suitable fishing grounds, it is a beautiful bay overlooked by the usual Jesus statue, ... read more
Playa Maderas
San Juan del Sur

GRANADA, NICARAGUA: After we got dumped off the bus to Managua in the middle of nowhere and swindled into a $10 cab we arrived at our hostel in the colonial city of Granada. The whole thing seemed a little shady; literally we're climbing over seven people with our bags over our heads and before I can even step off the bus our belongings are being transferred to the cab, like we had arranged for him to be there waiting for us. I knew $10 was way above the going rate, but at that moment I just wanted to get there with least amount of effort possible. After the experience at the border and being squished into a cramped chicken bus my wits were already shot! Our hostel was very basic but in a good location. We ... read more

Our hostel in Tamarindo recomended a resort in San Juan Del Sur which had recently turned into a backpackers. It was run by an older couple Carla and Fred from Australia whose son had brought the land and was planning on building a hostel yet fell in love, got married and moved to New York to have a baby so his parents Carla and Fred took on this adventure them selves as they just planned to retire. We caught a bus to the boarder checked out of Costa Rica and walked over to find a taxi to drive us to Casa Del Sol located on a hill overlooking the town and bay of San Juan Del Sur. Taxi cost 25 USD together and you should not pay more than this as drivers do try to rip ... read more
colourful town
playa madaras
hostel drinks

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