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14th Annual Panga Fishing Tournament , San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingIf 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.)
Suyen Vargas of Aurora Vacation Rentals Nicaragua – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Barcelo tours birthday on the beach, Nicaragua – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingSan Juan del Sur is a really small town but it is divided because there is a residential area that is not in San Juan, proper about two or three minutes away, by car. You still call that area San Juan nonetheless but it has a different vibe. It feels like you are living in a town where all the expats and wealthy people live, even if it is less than five minutes away.
 
There are very few expats living in the town, itself. The ones who do live in the town center are like locals and integrated in the town. The expats and the locals talk to each other. It is a pretty good community.  People get close here very quickly. Once you are friends, you’re invited to all of the parties. If you’ve been living here for over a year, you know everybody. If you live in the town, you would have more local neighbors. They would most likely be the poorer people, compared with many of the areas just outside of town.  If you live in San Juan del Sur with the expats, you will see that the locals and expats act the same. They hang out with each other. The expats live the same way the locals live.

There are some areas in greater San Juan del Sur that are the wealthier areas, which is where some of the expats live. If you live there, your neighbors would be expats and wealthy Nicaraguans. The expats in the wealthy areas of San Juan del Sur tend to work and have businesses, or they are working people, young people, or retirees. It’s actually a huge mix. We have everyone. We have a big community of workers, people in their mid-30s and with kids. You have expats and retirees, young kids who are learning Spanish. It’s a very big mix of people of all different ages. I feel that San Juan del Sur is a little different than other cities and towns in Nicaragua that have tourism.  In the other cities and towns, you have the poor people in one area and the rich people in another area. In San Juan del Sur, everyone socializes with one another. 
 
(Birthday party on San Juan del Sur beach, pictured.)
Eugenio Cortez of Hacienda & Ecolodge Morgan´s Rock – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Who your neighbors would be if you lived in San Juan Del Sur depends on where you decide to live. Your neighbors could be locals, tourists, expats, or a mix of everything.
 
The expats in San Juan Del Sur pretty much stay the course. They do not make a huge change with their lifestyle. Obviously, they adjust to how things work in San Juan Del Sur or in Nicaragua as a whole, but they do not become Nicaraguans; they are still wherever they are from but they live here in San Juan Del Sur.
 
The expats eat more gallo pinto now, which is the local rice and beans meal of Nicaragua. Food is the biggest adjustment that I see expats have. They start eating local Nicaraguan food not because they have to, but because they really like it. I don’t blame them; the food here in San Juan Del Sur is delicious!
Daniel Snider of Snider's Realty Nicaragua – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
The kind of neighbors that you will encounter in San Juan Del Sur depends on the type neighborhood that you move into. If you move into the central part of San Juan Del Sur where a lot of the businesses are, your neighbors will be a mix of expats, tourists and local Nicaraguans. There are a couple of developments in and around San Juan Del Sur where you would be surrounded by mostly expats and a lot of holiday homes.
 
If you live in a place like Pacific Marlin in San Juan Del Sur, your neighbors will be sparse and far apart, and the houses would usually be houses that are used as holiday homes or rentals or they can also be houses that belong to expats who live there.
George Cooper of Casa de Cooper – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Your neighbors in San Juan del Sur would most likely be local Nicaraguans, providing were you would choose to live.  In most of the gated communities you would most likely have expats as neighbors.  Whatever the case you will find your neighbors to be friendly and helpful.  We, as neighbors, have a tendency to look after each other when we are away from our property as well as when we are on the property.  That is not to say that your neighbors would be spying on you, just that they are ready to help if needed.  Your neighbors will become some of your best friends while living in San Juan del Sur helping you at a "drop of a dime".
 
 

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