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”.

Posted on January 27, 2015, in Daily Life, Making the Move and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.

  1. As always, an enjoyable read. We look forward to visiting your new country in April!

  2. That’s awesome Gordon! It just goes to show that nothing beats a great group of friends looking out for you. Cheers from LA!

  3. Michael Schwartz

    Love it when the world is looking out for you! You are truly blessed!18 months until my move.

  4. That is great news, I would not like you to be homeless, we have enough of those as it is.

  5. You are living a charmed life and the life I’m dreaming of! 🙂

  6. Super happy that everyone has settled in. I wonder if Maggie will share her chuck-it 🙂
    Thanks again for everything that you guys did to show us how our life would/could be in SJDS.

    • Hi April,

      I’m happy to report that Maggie has been very good with sharing her Chuck-it balls. Having another dog around has been great for her.

      It was a pleasure meeting you and Craig and showing you around.

      Come back soon and see us soon!


  7. Hi Elisha – greetings from Suncor – love reading your posts and hearing about your experiences. Sounds like you guys are living a charmed life. I was going to say ‘take it easy’ but I think you have already figured that out!


    • Hey Louise,

      What a pleasant surprise to hear from you! I think of everyone at Suncor often. Please say “Hola” to everyone for me.

      Life in San Juan del Sur is definitely laid back. Have you ever thought about traveling this way?


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