Looking for a Unicorn, er I mean Long Term Rental in San Juan del Sur

In the two years that we’ve been living in San Juan del Sur we have been lucky enough to find some really great rental homes, but our latest move might be the best yet.

Looking for a Unicorn, er I Mean a Long Term Rental in San Juan del Sur

- Home Sweet Home: San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

When we decided to move from Marsella Valley back into town we realized just how popular San Juan del Sur is becoming. Quality long term rentals have always been challenging to find, but obtaining one now is like searching for a unicorn.

San Juan del Sur has a plethora of high end vacation rentals ranging in price from $150 USD and up per night, with a similar number of very basic cheap homes renting out for $300 USD or less for an entire month.

What San Juan del Sur doesn’t have a lot of right now is simple and affordable mid-range rental homes finished to North American standards.

Luckily our good friends Debbie and Bastin from Together Tours are currently renting a two bedroom, two bathroom home and a large studio apartment – both of which are situated on a beautifully landscaped lot on the outskirts of town. Each unit is nicely finished and there is lots of outdoor living space to enjoy.

Since Debbie and Bastin are starting construction on a home of their own soon they are happy to share the space and the expenses…with us.

The situation couldn’t be more perfect. Except for one catch — we can’t actually move in until March 10 — which left us looking for a place to live temporarily.

With a mind full of positivity and determination we set out to walk the town in search of our unicorn. We asked every expat and local Sanjuaneño we saw if they knew of any good rentals. 

At the end of a couple of long, hot, sweaty days we had toured multiple homes, but sadly were no closer to a solution. And then…finally…when we were only one week away from being homeless…our network of awesome San Juan friends came through for us.

Our friend Mary has opened up her beautiful three bedroom, three bathroom home to us for the next month and a half.  We are really looking forward to spending some time with Mary and getting to know her better.

Mary’s little miniature pinscher Dobie and our miniature schnauzer Maggie have already become the best of friends.

Looking for a Unicorn, er I Mean a Long Term Rental in San Juan del Sur

- Pooches at Play: San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

A week ago Elisha was stressed and ready to settle for any solution we could figure out.

This morning sitting by the pool — with my double espresso to help clear out the cobwebs from last night’s bottle of Prosecco — I thought to myself, “We live a very charmed life”.

A Fun & Affordable Way to Travel in Nicaragua

Traveling on two wheels is a great and economical way to get around in Nicaragua, especially when you live somewhere like San Juan del Sur.

A Fun & Affordable Way to Travel in Nicaragua

- Motorcycle Road Trip: Playa Ostional & Playa el Coco, San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua. Photo by Kathy Vandermey ofFrom Suits to Sandals“.

Shortly after moving to Marsella Valley we purchased this gently used 2011 YBR 125 CC Yamaha for just $1200 USD.

For those times when we need to stock up on groceries or want to go a bit further we still have our trusty Hyundai Galloper, but most days our little moto is the preferred mode of transportation. It’s great on gas and gets us pretty much anywhere we want or need to go.

The fact that our miniature Schnauzer Maggie loves riding on the bike as much as we do is an added bonus. 

If you’re like us and want flexibility and freedom to travel around and explore at your leisure (without investing in a car or truck) a little motorcycle is definitely a great way to go.

Only planning to be in country a few months? Not to worry — these bikes hold their value and are very easy to sell.

What I Ate Today: The Dragon

What I Ate Today:

It wasn’t what “I” ate and it wasn’t today, but this fish dish is way too interesting not to share.  El Dragon is a speciality dish that is served at Hotel Summer, in Masachapa. This masterpiece of lightly battered and fried red snapper (served with rice, salad and shrimp in garlic sauce) will set you back C$520 ($19.70 USD).

In Nica Now Annual Report: 2014

To kick off the new year, we’d like to share with you data on In Nica Now’s activity in 2014. To see which blog posts got the most views, how people found us and where they came from just click on the image below.

In Nica Now Annual Report: 2014


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