If you live in the town proper of San Juan del Sur, you’re likely going to have Nicaraguan neighbors on both sides of you. The street that we lived on before our present home was in a neighborhood called Barrio Chino. (It was given the name Barrio Chino because it’s where they housed the Chinese workers when they built the railroad years ago.) Barrio Chino has a population of 85%-90% Nicaraguan and 10-15% expats. Some of the homes in Barrio Chino are really nice, and some of them are a little more meek, which is normal in town.
If you’re out in the fringes of San Juan del Sur, and in a bit of a development, you’re still going to have many Nicaraguans around you- Managuans with vacation homes and Nicaraguans with family money. There will be some expats as well. There are definitely no gated communities in the fringes of San Juan del Sur.
If you go a couple of hours north of San Juan del Sur, you’ll find some higher developments on the Pacific side, but those are still mainly vacation homes and not really a community. There will still be Nicaraguan ownership within them.
Your neighbors north of San Juan del Sur will be mainly Nicaraguans. Out of 20,000 people here in San Juan del Sur, there are a thousand expats north and south. You’re one in 20 so you’re always amongst the people, and that is one of the reasons we love it here in San Juan del Sur.
(14th Annual Panga Fishing Tournament , San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua, pictured.)