One of the best parts about living in Guanacaste (one of the northern provinces of Costa Rica) is that we were very close to the border of Nicaragua, which quickly became a favorite getaway (and necessity for visa runs). My local friends told me before my first trip that I’d love it, describing it as “Costa Rica 15 years ago.” My first time to San Juan del Sur, we happened to meet a lot of children, and on the next trip, I got out of the main area and into the surf beaches and perfect slices of heaven that are right outside of town. And we drank a LOT of rum. (For a good time, head to Iguana…) This time? Four of us girls rented a gorgeous condo on the beach and ate our weight in good food every day. Like on all of these trips, I was the only American in a group of Canadians — as they reminded me more than a few times… When we weren’t laughing hysterically and leaving each other messages on Voxer. It was a great trip!
Our condo was on the northern-most coast of the main bay and had a pool that was almost too good to be true.
This was the first time I got to stay right on the beach. It was so peaceful! We could sit outside on our balcony and listen to the waves, my very favorite sound.
Going into town meant a nice stroll on the beach… Most Nicaraguans hit the beach in jeans, but we opted for bright sundresses — and bought more while we were in town.
On our first day, we headed straight to El Timon, our favorite lunch spot. The first time I came to SJdS, we sat at this beachfront little paradise from ten am until after sunset, people watching and drinking Tonas.
At El Timon, three gorgeous, fresh lobster tails, two yummy sides, and a beer will set you back less than $20. My kind of place!
There’s just something about that bay that I find so peaceful…
Dusk is such a magical time to be outside, enjoying the view and the beach.
Please be careful about walking around at night! We ran a quick errand one evening and got to walk on the hanging bridge.
Bridges are so symbolic, don’t you think?
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