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To be honest, the reason that I had never travelled to San Juan Del Sur was because I thought it was going to be gringolandia in Nicaragua. I was a bit surprised that for all the hype San Juan Del Sur really isn't that developed. There are several places in various stages of construction but nothing really appears to be finished yet. The location really is beautiful but the infrastructure seems to be sorely lacking. It also seems like the prices they are asking are insane by Nicaraguan standards. I would have a hard time plunking down $300K in a country run by a guy who has no problem seizing property when he feels like it.

Even though it was a Saturday the town was empty. I'm not sure why but there were very few tourists in town. On top of that, most of the stores were closed as well. That's typical for Nicaragua though, stores open and close when they feel like it so next Saturday they might all be open. It's one of the things I've given up trying to figure out.


The Ocean's Through There
The Ocean's Through There
I See Water
I See Water
And Boats
And Boats
San Juan Del Sur
San Juan Del Sur
Church In San Juan Del Sur
Church In San Juan Del Sur
The Surfboard Shop
The Surfboard Shop
The Hammock Shop
The Hammock Shop
Switching To Claro
Switching To Claro
Quad Rentals
Quad Rentals
The Beach At San Juan Del Sur
The Beach At San Juan Del Sur
Refreshment Stands
Refreshment Stands
Child Vendor
Child Vendor
Beach At San Juan Del Sur
Beach At San Juan Del Sur
Beach At San Juan Del Sur
Beach At San Juan Del Sur
Juniett's New LG Shine
Juniett's New LG Shine

I took some pictures of the new phone that I bought for my wife. The LG Shine is one of the coolest looking phones I've ever seen. The front of it is like a mirror hence the name shine. When you slide the phone open, however, the mirror turns into one of the best displays I've ever seen on a phone. Supposedly the phone was designed for watching video and viewing photos. The weird thing about the phone is that it works like crap with Movistar. We went a bought a Claro SIM card and it works great.

While we were sitting at the restaurant a young kid came by selling trinkets. It's impossible to have a meal in Nicaragua without someone trying to sell you something. In Managua it's bootleg DVD's and in SJDS it's pottery, cashews, and assorted doodads. In this case the kid had some cool stuff so I bought a couple little statues from him for 200 Cordobas. ($10)


Juniett's New LG Shine
Juniett's New LG Shine
It Really Does Shine
It Really Does Shine
And Then It Doesn't Shine
And Then It Doesn't Shine
Beach At SJDS
Beach At SJDS
Juniett & Cousin Nineth
Juniett & Cousin Nineth
Nicaraguan Goodies
Nicaraguan Goodies
Our Salesman
Our Salesman
Beach Hotels In SJDS
Beach Hotels In SJDS
Plenty Of Gringos Here
Plenty Of Gringos Here

For whatever reason none of us really felt like going swimming so we decided to just cruise around and check out the town a little bit. At the southern end of the beach we saw a hotel called the Victoriano and decided to stop in to take a look. The place is beautiful and it looks like it's brand new. It's not, however, having been built in the early 1900's. We asked if we could see the rooms and they took us to see a few of them. All of the rooms are furnished with antiques and range in price from $100 to $120/night. The hotel has all the amenities such as cable TV, wireless internet, air conditioning, etc. We looked at several hotels while we were there and this one blew them all away.

Hotel Victoriano
Hotel Victoriano
Harbor In San Juan Del Sur
Harbor In San Juan Del Sur
Pretty Beach Here
Pretty Beach Here
Hotel Victoriano
Hotel Victoriano
Antique Furniture
Antique Furniture
Comfy Rooms
Comfy Rooms
Juniett Was Impressed
Juniett Was Impressed
Lounging In The Room
Lounging In The Room
Nineth Tries Out The Bed
Nineth Tries Out The Bed
Nice View From The Hotel
Nice View From The Hotel
Private Entrances
Private Entrances
There's A Pool Too
There's A Pool Too

After tooling around in SJDS for a few hours we decided to head back home. I've mentioned this before but driving in Nicaragua is fraught with perils. On the way out of San Juan Del Sur I was driving through one of the sections that had been reduced to one lane when I noticed that I had a truck barreling towards me and he was showing no signs of slowing down. Unfortunately for me I was in an area where I had a 10 foot drop on the passenger side and piles of debris on the drivers side that were too high to drive over. I stopped the car and got as close to the drop off as I dared and held my breath as the truck continued to fly towards me. Unfortunately, there wasn't enough room for both of us and he clipped my mirror with his as he steamed by. Fortuanately, the Grand Vitara that I was driving had collapsable mirrors so it didn't rip the mirror off the truck or do any damage. It was definately a bit scary and predictably the guy didn't even slow down after he hit me to see what happened. Just an average day driving in Nicaragua.


Street In SJDS
Street In SJDS
Local Clothing Store
Local Clothing Store
Checking Out The Back Streets
Checking Out The Back Streets
Gringos Can't Park Here
Gringos Can't Park Here
Quaint Hotel
Quaint Hotel
Friendly Kid
Friendly Kid
Another Cemetary
Another Cemetary
And Another Fine Road
And Another Fine Road
Does This Go Somewhere
Does This Go Somewhere
Ometepe In The Distance
Ometepe In The Distance
Cool Tree
Cool Tree
Rocky Road
Rocky Road
Concepción Really Is Big
Concepción Really Is Big
Turnoff For SJDS
Turnoff For SJDS


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