San Juan del Sur - The Final Stop

San Juan del Sur Travel Blog

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Tayla and Antony tackle the HUGE burger at Big Whale

My final stop in my Latin American odyssy.  I can't believe this is the last place I'll visit.  After months on the road this will be the final "new" place I see.  After such a long time I feel slightly attached and nostalgic to this place already.  I had no idea when I landed in Quito on the 18th September that I would end up here in this place.

San Juan del Sur has a good reputation amongst surfers.  It's a sleepy laid back kind of place with great waves and an easy going attitude.  For me, I was more interested in soaking up the rays during my last 4 days.  Taylor and Antony who I met on a bus to Granada proved to be great travel companions.  We ate, drank and chilled for the best part of 3 days together.

Pelican Eyes
  The top place in town being Pelican Eyes, a gorgeous luxury hotel with great views of the horizon.  We discovered (courtesy of the Rough Guide) that Wednesday night was 50% cocktail night so we kicked off with mojitos at sunset.  Nice.

The following days were spent sunbathing, reading, eating, chilling and generally soaking up the last of the Latino flavour. The beach was OK but after a few weeks of rubbish weather I took the opportunity to lap up the rays before heading back home.  If you love surfing Casa Ora beach is worth the visit and buses run daily.  I went with Tayla and Antony but it rained and the beach was pretty non existent.  I think Pelican Eyes and I spent more time together than I did at any beach!

The hostel proved to be interesting and we had a pet dog, a guy with a machete and a pitbull as companions.

Sunset from Pelican Eyes
  Interesting.  Late night dancing at MammaPacha a surf hostel that was filthy but full of nice people and a final party at involving watermelon wrestling proved to be all that was needed.  It's a strange end to the trip but a colourful one.

On my last morning I bid farewell to the city and the adventure and took the bus towards Costa Rica. It felt strange to be on my last chicken bus, my last journey and knowing this crazy hectic continent would continue to buzz and hum but I would be far away.

The long journey to the border and Costa Rica started at 7am and we were dumped unceremoniously on the roadside after an hour and had to wait until 9.15 when another bus turned up and we had the gumpcion to hail it down and jump aboard.  The border was Central America at its' finest.  Street hawkers, travellers, locals, theives, money changers all shouting for attention and hustling for space.  My bag was checked I queued for 2 hours and finally got my entry stamp - efficiency - que es? I finally borded the bus to San Jose and my final location.

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Tayla and Antony tackle the HUGE b…
Tayla and Antony tackle the HUGE …
Pelican Eyes
Pelican Eyes
Sunset from Pelican Eyes
Sunset from Pelican Eyes
The local beach
The local beach
Homemade swimming pool for the wat…
Homemade swimming pool for the wa…
Our bus stop
Our bus stop
The border
The border
San Juan del Sur Hotels & Accommodations review
Filthy, dirty, cold showers. Wasn't much available when I was there but this place was awful. Glad it was only a few nights!