Hotel Villa Isabella

Diagonal Norte Iglesias Catolica San Juan del Sur Rivas, Brenzone, San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
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by ramonluv2010

Is this city a good place to retire? Is it safe? Is it costly or is it very reasonable to live ,eat shop here. Is there nice places to live for long term, 2-years or more?
Please get back to me soon....



by Beausoleil

Until you get some answers here, type San Juan del Sur into the VT Search Window above and see what VT members have already written about the town. There will be photos, reviews, tips and web links to check.

Good luck.

Travel Tips for San Juan del Sur

Avoid dry season....

by Njutning

A general tip would be not to visit San Juan del Sur in the end of the dry season. It might be less rain, but the lack of leaves on the trees, or in case of leaves, the brown and grey colours makes the whole place look rather sad and seem much less charming than else, especially if you arrived from the lush Atlantic cost or much greener Costa Rica.

The Town

by richardll

This is a small town and well-off by Nicaraguan standards. Even fromer president Arnaldo Aleman had a summer home here. It is most famous for it's beautiful sunsets that can be best observed from the hill overlooking the town. Along the beach is many bars and restaurants. There are a few bars catering to Americans, but otherwise the town simply is not spoiled by excessive numbers of tourists like in other parts of Central America. The beach by the bars and restaurants is quite dirty, but if you go a bit further from the town, especially towards the wealthy homes in the North, the beaches are quite clean. There are 4 or 5 language schools in the town, but none are that good. Otherwise, there is nothing else in the town. It is simply a nice town to relax for a couple of days.

Always warm and humid

by Beast

shorts, swim wear, t-shirts, sandals; you're on the beach man. If you stay at one of the nicer resorts, you will need to have some nicer clothing on hand. Mosquito repellant and any other prescription stuff you need. Not a lot of options to replace meds here. Minimal stuff. Things got legs around San Juan if you know what I mean. Keep an eye on all your stuff. Leaving it in your car is an open invitation to come an take it, after they break your window.

Bahia Majagual

by Marie-France

Bahia Majagual is a beach about 12 kms north of San Juan del Sur. There is only one choice of accomodation there: the Bahia Majagual Eco-Lodge. You can stay in the dorm for a few dollars or in a cabana (I payed $18 US single).

There is no village, no restaurants (except the one attached to the lodge) and no shops. You can get here by boat from San Juan (half an hour, irregular morning departures) or by pickup truck (camion) on a horribly gutted dirt road, which takes about 40 minutes. If you have a choice, take the boat!

Why come here? It's quiet, it's isolated, it's beautiful, and it has some great surf beaches nearby for surfers.

For swimmers, the waves are a little stronger here than in San Juan.

See more photos in my travelogue.

Beyond the beach

by Marie-France

San Juan del Sur is more like a village than a town. You can probably walk around all the main streets in 10-15 minutes (going slowly of course because of the heat).

It's a very laid back little place. And if you're looking for cheap food, you'll find many small local restaurants on the back streets where you can get a "corriente" (usually fries and/or rice + meat + plantain) for 35 cordobas ($2) or so.


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