San Juan del Sur (and surrounding)

Small  village close to the borders with typical surfing vibe, living beach and beautiful surrounding – that’s how we would describe San Juan del Sur.  Our village for one week 😉

Being accomodated in a hostel with really welcoming and friendly staff, we started our visit here with a dive in the  fresh pacific waters and checking our surrounding on the map. We figured that the easiest way to get around will be by car – so we rented one for a couple of days 😉 It took as to many different places:

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Island Ometepe

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Granada

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The road to nowhere…

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Playa Maderas

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Beach at San Juan del Sur

Beaches surrounding San Juan del Sur (those we visited or tried to)

Playa Hermosa (South) – our favorite one, with entrance fee of 3$, but has some restaurants, restrooms and most important: small shelters with shade for everyone . Great also for surf beginners since it is wide enough and everyone can find its own spot to fight with the waves 😉

Playa el Yanke (South) – we don’t know how it is, because our 4WD (NOT!) Suzuki Swift didn’t take us there 😀 😀

Playa el Coco ( South) – beautiful, looooong, calm beach, ideal when you want to be alone,  with a small restaurant

Playa Madera (North) – great surfing spot for locals, but little bit tough for us beginners, since there is not that much space without rocks, still beautiful beach.

Playa Marsella ( North) – this one is really nice, sleepy beach – not for surfing but more for chilling and swimming 😉

Granada

Spanish colonization era town, located next to the lake Nicaragua with some typical spanisch churches, restaurants, bars and nice, vivid park in the middle of the town.

Rivas/ Ometepe

Two volcanos sitting in the middle of the lake, that’s Ometepe island. Ometepe island is approx. 30km long and reachable by boat, Ometepe even produces the greatest banana chips we ever had 😉  According to information from locals, there are a bull sharks living in this lake, hmmmmm….

So all together, this was a really nice, unplanned stay in Nicaragua, generally it was really safe, people wonderful, smiling  and always nice to us (even army guys). We would recommend to visit this part of Nicaragua and hopefully get back one day.

And now we are back in Costa Rica – Pacific Cost (Guanacaste) is awaiting us 😉

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Nicaragua – Little Introduction

So here we are in Nicaragua. 🙂 Since we were close to the borders and anyway had tickets for a bus here, why not visiting the Republic of Nicaragua. Nicaragua is  the largest country in the Central American with its 130375 km2 and 6,2 milion inhabitants – it has a little bit more than Slovakia 🙂 The capital city –  Managua – is third largest city in Central America .

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Nicaragua, as many other countries was conquered from the Spanish Empire in the 16th century and gained its independence back in 1821. From this time on, the history of Nicaragua was connected with many ‘dominant’ nations as UK, USA,… after which was rulling the Somosa Dynasty until the revolution in July 1979.

Nicaragua has three distinct geographical regions: the Pacific lowlands – fertile valleys which the Spanish colonists settled, the Mountains (North-central highlands), and the Mosquito Coast (Atlantic lowlands/Caribean lowlands). Nicaragua is sitting on its 19 vulcanoes, from which some of them are still active…

Nicaragua shelters  248 species of amphibians and reptiles, 183 species of mammals, 705 bird species, 640 fish species and about 5796 species of plants.

28 Nicaraguan Cordoba (NIO – Nicht in Ordnung 😀 ) are ca. 1 USD

So far we can say is that  in Nicaragua you see a strong presence of Nicaraguan army, maybe it is only because we are close to the borders? To tourist, the are army is always nice and really polite. There is defintely a problem with migration of Nicaraguan citizens whom are trying to leave the country and emigrate to neighbouring Costa Rica.

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