Thinking about a move to San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua and don’t know where to start? In addition to coming down for a test-run to see for yourself what the town has to offer, we recommend these great resources:
It’s hard to believe that anyone relocated to San Juan before and without the help of Gordon and Elisha of In Nica Now. This married duo offers advice on just about everything from opening a bank account to cost of living. With nearly 5 years under their belts in Nicaragua, most of it in San Juan del Sur, they are expat experts. In addition to a highly informative blog, they also offer relocation services, as well as an extensive list of other expat and general Nicaraguan resources. They also regularly lend support to the community, sponsoring community cleanups and other local organizations. For every home finder client referred by San Juan del Sur Day School, Gordon and Elisha have offered to donate a portion of the fees to the school’s scholarship fund. So be sure to tell them that we sent you! Check out their website here or follow their facebook page.
Due to the popularity of their blog, Gordon and Elisha also created a Facebook forum for the community of San Juan del Sur. Originally intended for expats living in or moving to San Juan, the group has changed shape over time and now represents the diverse community of everyone living in this little beach town. With nearly 5000 members, the forum is a great way to crowd-source questions about life here. Be sure to take responses with a grain of salt, as the forum is home to quite a few would-be comedians.
Jenna and Kharron relocated to San Juan del Sur in 2015 and have blogged about it along the way. With two kiddos, there is a lot to consider as you prepare for and make the move. Jenna’s witty and highly informative take on life here is refreshing and easy to read and she focuses on a lot of topics specific to moving and living here as a family. They also launched a directory of businesses in San Juan. Some favorite posts include:
4 Things I didn’t Need to Pack for Our Move to Nicaragua and 15 Things I’m Glad I Packed… You can follow Jenna and her family on her blog here.
Traveling to and living part time in San Juan del Sur since 2007 and 2000 respectively, Brooke Rundle and Claudia Gonella launched San Juan Live a few years ago. In addition to their community profiles, relocation information and the 180 page content-packed Insider Guide to San Juan del Sur, San Juan Live gives you a deeper flavor for the kind of lifestyles and experiences on offer. Use their categories at the top of the site as a starting point, sign up for their free updates, or head to the home page to learn all about what San Juan del Sur has in store for you. With a community focus, San Juan Live not only makes recommendations to wonderful community based projects, but also provides annual fundraising assistance to many of the same projects. Check out their website and follow them on Facebook.
Since 2006, Del Sur News has been a reliable source of Local, Regional and National News on issues affecting Tourists, Visitors and Ex-Pats in Nicaragua and holds the honor of being “San Juan Del Sur’s first and only bilingual weekly newspaper.” Though the printed paper only comes out weekly, Kelvin and Maria have now added a website, as well as a facebook page that is updated regularly and includes helpful reminders of holidays, power outages, events and all things newsworthy.