Living in Nicaragua

San Juan del Sur

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If you're interested in living in Nicaragua, on the beach, San Juan del Sur could be the place for you. San Juan is an idyllic beach town on the southern Pacific coast, a stone's throw from Costa Rica. The beaches are much the same in both countries, with white sand and ideal water temperatures, but the cost of living in Nicaragua is much lower than in Costa Rica.

The population of San Juan is about 8,000 people, and it's estimated that about 1,000 expats now live there and nearby, at least part of the year. A decade ago, San Juan was was still a sleepy fishing village.

There are no less than 14 beautiful beaches up and down the coast near San Juan, some with great surf. And there are a surprising number of excellent restaurants, especially for such a small town.


Fishing Off San Juan del Sur
San Juan del Sur Nearby Beach

San Juan Video Trailer

This is the trailer for our 59-minute San Juan del Sur Video. The full video includes interviews with eight expats explaing what it’s like living there and living in Nicaragua.

After watching the full video, you'll know if you should check it San Juan in person or give it a pass.

"We liked the real-life dimension: the sense that you're hearing testimony of actual expat experiences, both pro and con. The overview of some of the restaurants, the parks, the scenery, the costs and the challenges offer valuable insights into a potentially life-changing/life-enhancing relocation."
Lisa Raborn
Washington, LA
"I have all the videos and think they are all great. After watching one of them, I could tell I wouldn't want to live there. What a cheap way to discover that I will want to look elsewhere."
Bob Stilwell
Overland Park, KS

San Juan Video Details

Run time: 58 minutes
Resolution: 1280×720 HD
Download Size: 1.8 GB
Price: US$14.97

Chapters: Introduction • Things to Do • Eating Out • Food and Shopping • Cost of Living • Communications • Medical Care • Transportation • Safety • Raising Children • Speaking Spanish • People and Culture • Hotels and Hostals • Rentals • Homes for Sale • Drawbacks • Final Advice

Expats: Sarah Fahey, Justin Fahey, Peter Gould, Randy Harvey, Mary O'Hanlon, Vanessa Pattison, Kelly Ann Thomas