Nicaragua: San Juan del Sur – International Living

San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua - International Living Get your free report on Nicaragua here: correspondent Jason Holland offers a tour of San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua on the Pacific coast, just over the border with Costa Rica. San Juan del Sur is the ideal beach town: funky, laid-back, and cheap. Plus, its location on a small cove, with cliffs rising dramatically from the water on either edge, means the views, especially at sunset, are spectacular. San Juan del Sur is a luxury on a backpacker's budget. Lobster dinners cost just $10 in a thatched roofed restaurant right on the beach. You can get large bowls of ceviche—fresh from the fishing boats tied up a few dozen yards away—for only $5. It all goes down easy with a Tona or Victoria beer for 75 cents or rum drinks (made with Nicaragua's pride Flor de Cana) with fresh pineapple for just $1. When you're ready to start over again the next day, a big breakfast—eggs, rice, beans, plantains, and coffee—will set you back a couple bucks. Surfers converge here because San Juan del Sur offers quick access to some of Central America's best waves to the north and south. But expats of all ages call this town home and have opened unique little restaurants, coffee shops, and more. Rents start at $300 for apartments in town. Two-bedroom oceanview villas in a gated community can be had for $105,000. Learn more about Nicaragua and other countries in IL's daily postcard e-letter. Sign up for IL's free daily postcard here: and we'll send you a FREE REPORT: Start a New Life on the Beach in Nicaragua.