Let me just say that if you thought our crossing from Panama to Costa Rica was odd, I would not recommend crossing the border of Costa Rica and Nicaragua. I’m sure the experience would be very different for someone from there, or for someone who spoke spanish but here’s how it went: 1. get an exit stamp in your passport from the Costa Rica officials, check. 2. walk about a mile until you reach another (un-signed) checkpoint….but for some reason no one seems to think your bags should be checked, okay…3. get to a gate where lots of people speaking broken english try asking if you need a taxi. 4. at this point you still have not seen any signs nor any glimpse of what could maybe pass for an immigration office. 5. you pass by a group of people standing in what looks like an old bus station. are they waiting there for something? selling things? who knows…6. You finally see a duty free building as well as a few other un-marked buildings. take a lucky guess as to which building you’re supposed to go to, and wait in line for an immigration “officer” to stamp your passport and take $12 from you. (it’s only $10 when you fly over the border by the way). 7. After that you head to another gate where a security guard asks you for another $1 for “taxes”…alright, sure…. 8. Barter for a taxi to get you to your hotel all the while playing every possible worst case scenario in your head of where the taxi driver is actually going to take you. Luckily I knew where we were going, so once I saw a few things I remembered I felt better.
Now having said all that, I do love San Juan del Sur and definitely recommend a trip there. We stayed at Hotel Victoriano, a charming little bed and breakfast. Check out my delicious breakfast above, and and even more spectacular view of the bay! You might remember the post I did about San Juan from my trip back in August.
On our second day there we took a boat taxi to the northern beaches for $10/each round trip. We did lots of exploring and sun bathing, it was probably one of my favorite days of the whole trip!
The picture above has inspired me to do some patterns based on the trip so stay tuned for those!