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3 Places to Meet Expats in San Juan del Sur


The Saturday morning Farmer’s Market at Big Wave Daves is a great place to meet Sanjuaninos. From 9:30 am – 12:00 pm you’ll find expats milling about enjoying a cup of coffee, some fresh fruit juice or even a cold Tona.  

Smoked pork, organic produce, baked goods and handmade jewelery are just a few of the things that can be purchased at the market.

Whether it’s morning, noon or night you’re guaranteed to find at least a couple of expats socializing up at the bar. To stay in the loop on regular happenings at this long time expat hangout check out Big Wave Daves Facebook page.

Where Can I Meet Expats in San Juan del Sur?

– Big Wave Daves is located 25 meters East of El Timon.



Located 50 meters south of El Timon Dorado’s is a great  place on the water in San Juan to sit back with friends and enjoy some cold cervezas.

Pull up a rocking chair on the deck and people watch while listening to the sound of the surf. Stay to take in the view and watch the sunset.

Dorado’s offers live music on Wednesday and Thursday nights. And priced right – at C$60 ($2.40 USD) for two – the fish tacos are tasty. 

Bob and the rest of the staff at this popular expat hangout do an awesome job of making sure you always have a cold drink in your hand while good tunes are playing.

3 Places to Meet Expats in San Juan del Sur

– Wondering where to watch your favorite sports team play? Dorado’s is it!


“Republika Rocks“, “Great Expat Bar”, “My Favorite Bar in the Whole World”, “Expat Favorite”, “Great Drinks, Food and People” is just a sampling of what reviewers on Trip Advisor are saying about Republika Bar.

And we have to agree!  

Located 50 meters west of the central market Republika is definitely a favorite by locals.

Trivia Tuesday is always a fun night. On Wednesdays you can also try your luck at Texas Hold ‘Em Poker. And on Sunday afternoons and Monday nights football fans gather to watch their favourite teams play.

Where Can I Meet Expats in San Juan del Sur?

Nacho Libre: A Gourmet Burger Joint

I think you’d be hard pressed to find a better burger in San Juan del Sur than what you’ll get at Nacho Libre.  These guys are doing it up right!

San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

With nine different burgers on the menu to choose from there is something for everyone.

Priced at $9 Smelly, But Nice comes with blue cheese, caramelized onions, spicy mustard greens, balsamic reduction and grey poupon and is the most expensive burger on the menu.

If you’re prefer something more simple you might want to try the Missionary burger. It’s topped with lettuce, tomatoes, onions and Kosher dill pickles and rings in at just $5. 

For the non-meat eaters Nacho Libre serves a $6 burger they call Yoga Ass. This gourmet vegetarian burger comes with a cous cous veggie patty, mozzarella, caramelized onions, avocado and salsa verde. 

I chose #4 – In n’ Out Animal. American cheese, caramelized onions, Kosher dill pickles and Thousand Island remoulade. Need I say more?

Gord’s pick? #5 – The Big Wang. Charred jalapeños, bacon, extra sharp cheddar cheese, avocado and salsa verde make up this burger.  

Nacho Libre:  San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

– The Big Wang

All burgers are served on Corn Island Coconut bread that is made fresh daily. If you’re concerned about carbs you can have your burger served on a bed of locally sourced organic greens. All burgers come with your choice of hand-cut, house seasoned fries or organic mixed greens.  

As we devoured our tasty burgers, delicious crispy seasoned fries and Frosty Tonas we felt like we were in a trendy burger joint in a large city somewhere.

Nacho Libre reminded me of the type of place that is featured on the show Diners, Drive-In and Dives.

From the mouthwatering juicy burger, to the presentation, to the frosty Tona, to the friendly service with a smile I loved everything about this place. 

If you’re in San Juan del Sur (and love burgers) lunch at Nacho Libre is a must!  

Already a regular at Nacho Libre? We’d love to hear what burger is your favorite. Leave a reply in the comment section below.


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