San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua (map)
After spending 5 days at Lake Atitlan in Guatemala we decided it was time to move on to our next country destination. We made the decision to skip over El Salvador and Honduras and head into Nicaragua. We took a 17 hour overnight bus from Guatemala City all the way to Managua, Nicaragua, and then rode another hour by bus to the city of Granada. It was a long day for us that included 3 border crossings!
We spent the next two days in Granada. We had read that the city might be similar to Antigua (an old colonial city), but our impression was that it was too hot and there were beggers EVERYWHERE. The sad part to us was to see how many young kids are out begging when they should be in school and off the streets. When we were eating dinner one evening on the popular Calle Calzada street a small boy even attempted to grab food off my plate!
While in Granada we heard great things about San Juan del Sur, a beach town only a few hours away by bus and closer to the border of Costa Rica. We headed there on Monday and were very pleasantly surprised. The past couple of days we have enjoyed the beaches, sunsets, surfing, and hiking up to the highest overlook in town. It is hard to leave this place, but Costa Rica awaits us!