Hang loose in surfers town.

Trip Start Oct 06, 2004
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Casa Perico Hostel

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Saturday, November 27, 2004

San Juan del Sur used to be a sleepy fishing village on the Pacific coast of Nicaragua. I guess it still kind of is, but now it also caters for tourists from around the world. Hence it's probably the closest you get to a beach resort town in Nicaragua.

10km north of San Juan del Sur, only reached by boat or a bumpy ride along a muddy track, I once again find myself close to paradise. Playa Majagual with it's beautiful beaches and pretty good surf is a haven for backpackers and surfers. My useless Central America guidebook, doesn't even mention the place, so I only learned about it from other travelers. People you meet while traveling is in fact the safest source of good and reliable information. Without exchanging up to date information, I would probably also have missed places like El Retiro and Semuc Champey, Casa Perico hostel in Rio Dulce, Laguna de Apoyo as well as Charco Verde on Isla de Ometepe to name a few. Don't trust your guidebook is something I have learned on this trip, especially when it's printed in 2001 (guess I can only blame myself for bringing such an outdated book). The hostels and bars mentioned in it are usually no longer the place to be, if they even exists.

I find Playa Majagual to be right up there with El Retiro in Lanquin, Guatemala, as "the place to chill". It's so easy to be lazy here, in this place that got it all. Including some raving good parties, usually ending with a bonfire on the beach in the early morning hours. One night I am sure I spot Steve (the Kiwi) doing his crazy dance on the bar. Guess he must have been the ugly one in Coyote Ugly. I also got amazed when the DJ suddenly stopped playing Merengue and the speakers instead blasted out "Tff i pyjamas" by Norwegian deLillos. The dance floor emptied quickly, but the following night after playing the song for the Nth time, all on my request, it sort of became a local hit.

I also got to try surfing for the first time in my life. I managed to stand up briefly, but not much more. Still great fun though!

Next up is Costa Rica and Pura Vida!
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skookum
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Hmmm
This is the first time that Ive looked at your site, and I just got done with the Corn Islans bit, after that we´re headed down to Majagual, so I read your piece as well. It´s funny to see that you mention, Semuc Champey, Casa Perico, and Laguna de Apoyo all places that we enjoyed along our way and heard about from other travelers. Likewise with Majagual, I´ve heard numerous times that the place is as close to heaven on earth as most of us will get. I´m stoked, the waves in Sunzal, El Salvador were a little to big for beginners, so from experience I´ll say start somewhere else, Majagual sounds good! Thanks again.

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