San Juan del Sur
Trip Start Feb 28, 2009
34Trip End Ongoing
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Where I stayed
Hotel Encanto del Sur
We were there for about three weeks and met lots of great people, mostly from The States and Canada. And of course we spent alot of time with our good friends, Paul and Anne from Australia that we've been bumping into since Guatemala. When we tried to leave SJdS we couldnt for one reason or another. We tried to leave again, and then plans would change. We were there so long I have to look at the pictures to refresh my memory about all the things we did there.
When we first arrived we stayed at a place called Hostal Villas del Sol. It was very nice, very clean, very scenic, and at the top of a very big hill
Enter The Landmark Inn, that advertises "Southern Charm". It is right on the water, we got a suite with a/c and a balcony for $20/night, and I liked the "Southern Charm" bit. After we checked in we noticed that it was really pretty dirty, the a/c didnt work, the girls working in the lobby were watching TV and didnt care that the a/c was broken so they gave us a broken fan, we found out that we were sharing a bathroom with six surfers that were sharing the one room across the hall, and not all of the doors locked
We ended up at Hotel Encanto del Sur, which is not on any map nor in any guidebook, and was just a block away from the main part of town. We highly recommend it. There was: freezing a/c with remote, satelite TV with remote, private bath, peace and quite, and all the high speed internet we could soak up for $20/night. Sweet.
Now we're set to really enjoy SJdS. At this point I ended up going out on the town one night on my own and met Cory and Mandi, who run Repulika Bar
The Republika Bar become our social nucleus and we met and befriended several cool people there including: Brad, Harrison, Cooper and Jeff from Canada, Mike and his dog Peanut from the States, and Thurman also from the States. Thurman stopped into SJdS for a couple of days and ended up moving into an apartment. This isnt uncommon here.
There's plenty to do in SJdS. We spent most of our time on a beach somewhere, and saw lots of beautiful sunsets. One day we rented a four wheeler to go exploring. It was insanely hot that day, but we had a great time anyway. Then there was the day we went just off shore to go fishing on a "sunset cruise" with a company called San Juan Sports. It is totally worth the $15 dollars if you make it down there. We caught tons of fish, mostly tuna, met some nice people, had some beer, and Tracy drove the boat for a while. Then we brought some fish to a restaurant in town where they cooked it up for us. There was so much fish we were able to bring Paul and Anne with us.
If you're ever looking for a chill place in central America and think Costa Rica is too touristy (it is), head on down to San Juan Del Sur. You never know, maybe you'll end up getting an apartment there.