Live or Retire Overseas DVD: San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

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san-juan-del-sur-pelican-eyesUpdate (October 2015): This product is no longer available. 

Although we chose Ecuador, both Dena and I are fascinated with other areas and countries.

Earlier today I finished watching the new DVD featuring the Nicaraguan beach town of San Juan del Sur by Michael Karsh.

Last month we wrote about a new DVD featuring Granada, Nicaragua (read our full review). Michael also produced the very popular Cuenca, Ecuador DVD (read the review).

San Juan del Sur is located on the pacific coast of Nicaragua and is becoming popular with expats.

As with the other videos in the series, you can expect a good overview of life in San Juan del Sur in this DVD.

What I especially liked about this DVD: At the end of the program, a number of the expats discussed how to be a successful expat. They talked about how they made things work and the attitude you should have. This is valuable stuff for all expats – regardless of where they are living.




What Will You Learn About San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua?

The one-hour DVD covers all the basics of living in San Juan del Sur, including:

  • Low cost of living: San Juan has one of the lowest costs of living in Latin America. Fresh, locally-grown, organic produce, and lots of fresh fish, are available year-round. Furnished rentals with all utilities included except electricity cost from US$300-700 a month on average.
  • Health care: Routine health and dental care is cheap in San Juan del Sur. For more serious illnesses and procedures the health care 2 hours away in Managua is world-class in every sense. Expats who live there discuss the cost and quality of the health care in the San Juan del Sur video.
  • Things to do: There is always something fun and interesting to do in and around San Juan. Attend a Spanish school, take a yoga class, learn to surf, get a massage, go fishing or horseback riding, hiking or mountain biking, or spend the day at one of the 14 beautiful nearby beaches, which along with world-class surfing put San Juan del Sur on the map.
  • Where to meet people: If you’re considering living or retiring in San Juan del Sur, you should meet and talk to other people who have already made the move. The best place to begin is with the San Juan DVD. You’ll meet 7 expats who answer the most important questions about what it’s really like to live there.
  • Getting there: All international flights to Nicaragua fly into and out of Managua. The flight time from Miami is about 2 hours.
  • Where to stay upon arrival: there is a nice set of options both in the town and just outside.

What Is there To Do in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua?


  • 14 uncrowded and undeveloped beaches are just outside of town.
  • Whale and bird watching are easily done on the beach in front of the town.
  • There are options for home rentals within the town – where it can be more convenient (and noisier) – and outside of town where you’ll need a car but it is very quiet.

Make no mistake. Living in coastal Nicaragua means a slower pace of life.



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Meet the Author

Bryan Haines is editor of GringosAbroad - one of the largest English language sites about Ecuador. Work with GringosAbroad. He is a travel blogger, photographer and content marketer. He is also co-founder of ClickLikeThis (GoPro tutorial blog) and Storyteller Media (content marketing for travel brands).

2 comments… add one
  • Michael Karsh Dec 19, 2013, 9:25 am

    Hi Sam, Bryan forwarded your email.
    There’s an option on the form to change your shipping address. Look for that and if you can’t find it please message back. Canadians buy the DVDs all the time.

  • Sam Dec 18, 2013, 11:21 pm

    Seems it’s only available to US citizens. The drop-down list on the order form requires you to select a state; no Canadian provinces to select! Too bad, I had wanted to order all three available DVDs now that they’re all 1/3 off.

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