The best things about living and retiring in San Juan del Sur
Everything! Learning about the Nicaraguan history.
Seeing happiness everywhere enough to remind you that the North American drive for material possessions really ISN'T what makes you happy. Opportunities to make a big difference with just a few dollars here and there. The climate. The climate. The climate. THE CLIMATE!
The immense variety of things to do: This year I flew out to the Caribbean coast to boat up the Rio San Juan and retrace the old American gold rush route made popular by Cornelius Vanderbilt. Nicaragua played a central role in the creation of that family fortune. Bet you didn't know that!!!
Volcanoes and beaches, mountains, retreats, nature reserves and walks. This weekend I'm heading up into the hills of Matagalpa and am staying at an eco resort for US $25 per night where we are planning on going for long nature walks to see butterflies, birds and orchids!
And then there are the beaches. Did I mention the beaches??? THE BEACHES!!! Some of the most amazing and diverse beaches you'll ever see. Black. White. And every colour in between. Snorkeling, swimming, diving, boating, kayaking, walking and surfing! Ometepe is like the island that time forgot! Soooo lovely!
I could go on!! But first and foremost, SAFETY. You really do feel safe here in San Juan del Sur. I felt it from the first moment I landed in Nicaragua. Friendly, helpful people and an overwhelmingly safe environment. Don’t take my word for it. Check the stats. I did! Nicaragua is the second safest country after Canada in all of the Americas. You'll see!
The worst things about living and retiring in San Juan del Sur
If you are completely reliant on AC to be comfortable.. that will be a challenge in San Juan del Sur. Oh, and everywhere there is amazingly weird bureaucracy. You MUST have patience and a disposition to smile at the haphazardness of it all or it will drive you nuts! Get used to learning and don't attempt to understand. Find yourself saying "of course I'll go there to do that" even when it makes ABSOLUTELY no sense to you! Breathe and take it in and enjoy. Or... you WILL go nuts! It's getting better, though. And you can always pay someone. But why? And miss out on all that hilarity?!!?!!?