Retirement in San Juan Del Sur would mean a very quiet and slow-paced life. There are a lot of open areas and you wouldn’t feel the hustle and bustle of a big city. Retirement here would be a very relaxing experience. Your biggest concern would probably be trying to stay out of the sun for too long and finding things that would keep you busy from day to day.
There are a lot of expats in San Juan Del Sur that form communities with other expats so within San Juan Del Sur, there is plenty of accommodations, restaurants and bars, and local venues that host open mic nights (stand-up comedy nights), or salsa nights. There are a lot of places to go to if you want to go dancing, too.
San Juan Del Sur is one of the few places where you will find a lot of things to do compared to other neighboring beach communities. This is one of those places where if you go out to town, more often than not, you will find something fun to do. And depending on your age bracket, there are some days of the week when the parties in San Juan Del Sur just goes on and on.
But if you are the type of retiree who enjoys your privacy, San Juan Del Sur can also be a great place for you because out here, you can get away from the crowd fairly easily.
A lot of retirees also like to go to neighboring beaches or visit the neighboring colonial cities like Granada or Ometepe Island which is about 1 hour and 20 minutes away from San Juan Del Sur. These are places where retirees can go to and explore to occupy their time. Also, the border of Costa Rica is not too far away from here so you can go there any time and explore.