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A Most Awesome Day of Sailing: San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

With the end of the dry season rapidly approaching the temperature is climbing. From experience we know that each day will feel hotter and more humid than the last, until the merciful rains come in May to cool us off. For the next month we’ll be staying close to the ocean or a pool.

One of our favorite ways to cool off and have a great time is to go sailing.

We recently got together with sixteen of our friends (new and old) and spent the day on a catamaran with Captain Zach from Nica Sail n Surf. We cruised out to a private beach north of town and enjoyed a day of swimming, snacking, drinking and relaxing. We had our own private party on the water.

$60 USD included our day of sailing, open bar complete with beer, rum, juice and soda, as well as Zach’s very own homemade ceviche, guacamole and salsa.

It was our friend Stephanie’s birthday and she said that the day couldn’t have been better. Even though her daughter Layla was the only kid on board she had a great time.

This was our first time sailing with our buddy Zach, but it certainly won’t be the last!

To learn more about Nica Sail n Surf or to book your very own catamaran adventure click here.

12 Things I Love About Living in Nicaragua

In no particular order…

1.  A 1 hour pedicure costs less than $5Now that’s good value!

2.  The People – Gord and I are constantly meeting (and making friends with) new and interesting people from Nicaragua and other parts of the world.  

3.  Eskimo Ice Cream – At C$12 ($0.52) per scoop Eskimo ice cream always makes for an inexpensive sweet treat.  My favorite flavors include coffee, pistachio and caramelo.  Mmm!

4.  Time Doesn’t Matter – I rarely know what time of the day it is or what day of the week it is and I’m totally okay with that!

5. Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice – Although it takes a bit of effort to make, having fresh squeezed orange juice in the morning is such a treat.

6.  Retirement at 37 – Yes, it’s true. I’m 37 years old and I’m retired.  Unless the cost of living increases drastically here in Nica (or I move back to Canada) I don’t have to work…ever…again!

7.  Mojito Fridays – Gathering with the Granada expat community for Mojitos (and Macuas) every Friday night on the Calzada is always a good time.

8.  Cold Tona – There’s nothing like a cold Tona (or two) to quench your thirst on a super hot day.  Did you know that it’s pretty much super hot (and sunny) here every day?

9.  Alarm clocks are a thing of the past – I absolutely love not having to wake up to an alarm clock every day.  I’m also happy “snooze button” is no longer part of my vocabulary.

10.  Rain Storms – They often come on fast and fierce, but only last a short time. I love the smell of the rain and the cooler temperatures storms bring.

11.  Not knowing what tomorrow will bring – Every day, every week, every month comes with the possibility of a new adventure.

12.  Hammock Chairs – Whenever I’m lucky enough to find one, a hammock chair is a great place to curl up and read a book, watch the sunset or just relax while enjoying a cold Tona.

Signed,
Elisha in Nica

Are you too a fan of Nicaragua? We’d love to know what’s on your list of loves!  Leave a reply in the comments section below.

Living Large in a Long Term Rental: Granada, Nicaragua

For $550 USD per month, plus electricity we are now living large at Vista Mombacho Apartments. Our brand new studio apartment is centrally located in the beautiful colonial city of Granada. We are just four blocks from La Colonial Supermercado and about seven blocks from Calle la Calzeda.

Our favorite thing about Vista Mombacho is the large saltwater pool. Although this area looks a little sparse at the moment plants are being delivered and planted daily.

We’ve already enjoyed a couple of days relaxing pool side with our kindles and cold Tona and we look forward to many more to come.

Second on our list of favorite features at Vista Mombacho is the BYOB (Bring Your Own Booze) Rooftop Terrace. It offers great views and cool gentle breezes off the lake.  We can’t wait for the barbecue to be installed so we can start taking advantage of this awesome outdoor space.

The living, dining and kitchen area is a combined space. In case we have a guest that needs to crash over for the night the futon lays out flat to make a bed.

 

In the kitchen we have ample cupboard space with a double stainless steel sink and a full size fridge with freezer.  Our four burner gas stove has an oven and we are equipped with everything we need to cook and bake.  From pots and pans and cutlery to baking sheets – we have it all!

Our dining table seats two and doubles as our office at times when we are working on blog updates or just surfing the net.

Our bedroom area is outfitted with a very cozy, but comfortable double bed.  The large windows allow for a nice breeze to blow through pretty much all of the time.  The ceiling fan helps with the airflow and allows us to sleep very well at night without having to use the air conditioner.

We have a extra large closet with built in dresser and shelving that allows us to tuck away our clothes and other miscellaneous belongings so that everything is out of sight and that I like!

Vista Mombacho offers a couple different floor plans but we opted for the studio apartment. We were drawn to it’s open concept and the gorgeous cane ceilings.

As a bonus we have a great spot to store our suitcases and other large items that wouldn’t fit in the closet.  Gord being a “do-it-yourselfer” decided it wasn’t necessary to bother our maintenance guy Ricardo for the ladder; he just climbed on up and got the job done.

I love, love that our place is brand new and clean.  To ensure it stays that way we have maid service twice per week that is included in the cost of our rent. Wi-fi and cable television are also included in the monthly rental fee. Worth noting is the fact that we have hot water and air conditioning, even though we aren’t currently using either one.

Our bathroom isn’t overly large but it’s functional and like the rest of the apartment it’s new and clean!  The shower is equipped with an on-demand hot water heating system but with daily temperatures in the mid to high 30s we’re not sure who would ever want a hot shower. Not us – that’s for sure!  We turned off the breaker on day one.

In the event that we want to entertain we have a large community kitchen available by reservation.  However, with the limited number of Nica friends we currently have we don’t forsee any dinner parties in our near future.  It’s nice to have,  just the same.

And last, but certainly not least, another great feature at our apartment complex is the two bedroom guest suite available for friends and family who don’t want to pay for expensive hotels when they come to visit. It doesn’t have a kitchen, but sleeps five and the rental fee of just $20 USD per night. Gord and I are wondering who our first guests will be.  *Hint, hint!*

Here at Vista Mombacho we feel like we are living on a mini-resort.  And in case you haven’t figured it out yet – IT ROCKS!

If you would like more information regarding Vista Mombacho Apartments or are interested in renting a unit you may contact Glenn or Jeannie Koons by telephone at  (512) 346-2326 or by email at contactowner@granadahomerental.net.
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