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Dec 14, 2018 - San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua

Nicaragua 85 sunny and partly cloudy and humid Never in my life would I have thought I’d ever say I’ve been to Nicaragua. Today that was our port. I had higher hopes for a better Nicaragua but all we saw was a lot of poverty. From what our tour director had explained to us on our tour, it still seems that the government is corrupt and has a stronghold on its people. I see no way for the people to be advanced and the guide seems very bitter that there is little possibility in advancement in education. To own a home or car you can, but you...

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Our 5 week adventure

Oct 3, 2018 - San Juan del Sur Nicaragua

Our next stop was San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua. Nicaragua is the largest Central American nation and has claim to stunning landscapes, vast cultural treasures and an intriguing history. We took a quick tour to visit the town of Rivas, which dates back to 606AD and is located near Lake Nicaragua, one of the largest freshwater lakes in the world and home to the only freshwater shark in existence. Since the lagoon is too shallow for our ship we had to use “tenders” (small boats) to and from the docks. We were greeted by a huge downpour that,...

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Mar 8, 2018 - Dry waterfall!

Thursday We got up really late this morning – needed the rest – about 9:30. Gathered stuff together and headed off to O’Shop for our day’s tour. We had a nice breakfast first in an upscale place with all organic stuff. Kitty had avocado toast with eggs and I had an egg, hash brown, and cheese sandwich, Quite good. Got to the tour place and there was a festival in preparation with LOUD music. Almost impossible to hear in the shop. We decided on the waterfall tour – and were told it was dry but there would be wildlife! We yelled back and...

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A Week in Nicaragua

Mar 7, 2018 - Turtles all the way down

Wednesday Up at a reasonable time and off to Central Park for breakfast. Stop in a small place at the edge of the square and have an omelet and some fruit. Also Negro tea. The we head off to but Kitty a pair of sun glasses as hers had vanished somewhere. Back to the room then off to the chocolate museum! We found it and paid the admission and discovered it wasn’t the chocolate museum after all! It was the archeological museum. Actually, it was quite well done with good informative plaques and many examples of historic – pre-Colombian...

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A Week in Nicaragua

Mar 1, 2018 - San Jaun Del Sur, Nicaragua

San Jaun Del Sur, Nicaragua March 1 The little town of San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua has one main street running along the waterfront with a few short streets heading up toward the inland. Tom took a walk along the streets to capture the flavor of the houses, businesses, and people. The church has an interesting spot of sunlight casting an image of “JHS” on the floor of its entrance (see photo). Maybe he was there at just the right moment, or maybe there is a device to make this projection? We dined at the Chef’s Table specialty restaurant...

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Jan 25, 2018 - Jan 25 - 28, 2018 San Juan del Sur

Thursday to Sunday January 25 – 28, 2018 Four glorious days. No packing, no moving, just relaxing by the pool or the beach. The days passed lazily and we loved every minute of it. An evening ‘happy hour’ trip to the local beach was in order on day 2 to watch the sun slowly sink and sizzle into the Pacific, a sight we never tire of. Days consisted of shuttling to town for fruit, water, wine and other ‘essentials’, sun worshipping at the pool, and little else. Friday evening we invited our villa neighbours, Randy & MaryJo, over for a lively...

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Jan 24, 2018 - Granada to San Juan del Sur

We are both a little sad to leave this lovely hotel and the city of Granada - initially we thought just the day tour would be sufficient for Granada but have since realized it is our favourite stop so far and I could actually stay longer! Nonetheless we have reservations in San Juan del Sur so off we must go. We are both very curious about San Juan del Sur as so many people have commented on how touristy it is and not to bother. We have booked a Villa a couple of km out of the centre so hopefully we will feel differently. Breakfast was...

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Jan 28, 2017 - Hacienda at Lake Nicaragua San Juan del Sur Nicaragua

Saturday, Jan 28, 2017 Hacienda at Lake Nicaragua San Juan del Sur Nicaragua We had an early tour, so we got up at 7:15. The ship was anchored out and we boarded a tender a little after nine for the 10-minute trip to shore to San Juan Del Sur. The bus headed out at 10:00 and had to stop along the way just at the edge of the town to wait for two people who were late. The road wound around and up hills and quite soon we saw Lake Nicaragua. There are two volcanoes in the lake that formed islands. It is a little smaller than Lake Ontario, but...

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Jun 20, 2015 - El Gigante

More power outages, which made for a very hot night, whew!!! We traveled to El Gigante, a lovely beach area where there is a group founded by the international surfing community to expand health care and water access to the local community. Like Cuba, this area is on the brink of turning into a resort area I fear. Lovely beaches, great surfing (apparently; I did not partake of any surfing...). Fortunately for our little traveling group, this group had to curtail our meeting due to other commitments, so Paola, Jaime, Pamela and I were all...

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Sisters in Nicaragua

Mar 20, 2013 - San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

March 20, 2013 San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua Nicaragua is second to Haiti as the poorest country in the Americas. The average wage is $380/month, half of which goes toward food. We were up early the catch the 6:45 am tender to port for our tour to the volcanos. The port dock can only handle one tender at a time; with 1500 people wanting to go ashore. Even though each tender can accommodate 100 people, it was slow getting ashore. After a 2 hour bus ride, we arrived at the only volcano that you can visit. The other 4, we took pictures from a...

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Dec 12, 2012 - San Juan del Sur - country and Masaya Markets

Awoke to a public address saying a white vessel had been spotted of the starboard bow and looked suspicious. For those who hadn't noticed in the paper about this time last year, three Mexican fishermen were rescued off the Mexican coast and after they were rescued said this ship, the Star Princess passed them and took no notice of their distress. So this time the captain turned the ship around to investigate and confirmed fisherman spotted were under sail and fishing. The issue with last year I recall was the fisherman ran out of full just...

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Nov 15, 2012 - San Juan del sur

San Juan del Sur Come back Antigua roads all is forgiven! We have off roaded in jeeps to see turtles, to beaches and to zip line and have completely lost all feeling in the nether regions. I'd like to think that's why both andy and i had to get a set of britches stitched up but mines probably due to a 12 burrito a day diet and Andys through over enthusiastic surfing.  San Juan del sur is a tiny cool town full of surfers and those just there to wear shades, and talk about surfing. We fitted right in obvs! Looking more like Dora the explorer...

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