Since Elisha and I arrived in Nicaragua 8 months ago we’ve managed to live in 5 different towns. Our Nicaraguan expat adventure began in Poneloya and from there we moved to Leon. The next city we called home was Granada and then we were off to the spend some time at Apoyo Lodge in Laguna de Apoyo. And finally here I am in San Juan del Sur searching for yet another rental.
A couple of months in each location has allowed us the time needed to see past the tourist scene while figuring out the true flavour of each town. That being said 2 months (or less) in a each place was not nearly enough time for any one place to feel like home. Eventually we both want to settle down in one place, but for now we’re looking forward to spending some time in Nicaragua’s tourist playground.
The fact that San Juan del Sur is a tourist hot spot means that there are lots of places to stay, but unfortunately there are few options that actually meet our needs. Most monthly rentals here are vacation homes with rates starting at $100 plus per night or Nica style homes that are quite “rustic” and somewhat undesirable.
With Elisha back in Canada visiting family for a month I’m left to house hunt in San Juan del Sur all on my own. Lucky for me our friends Jon and Quinn have been living in San Juan del Sur for the past three months. During that time they’ve come to know the little ins & outs of the town and were more than happy to fill me in on all they’ve learned about Nicaragua’s favourite beach town.
When I arrived in town Jon & Quinn introduced me to the family that owns Elizabeth’s Guest House. They helped me get set me up in a private and comfortable room so I could take some time to find an apartment.
Just as they had done with Jon & Quinn, Elizabeth and her family took me in like one of their own. In fact, it was my first night in town when Elizabeth’s husband Orlando decided to get me drunk on rum.
The next day I woke up feeling a little rough, but fortunately Elizabeth fed me and nursed me back to health. I’m sure glad she did because I had some work to do – it was time to begin my San Juan De Sur house hunting mission!