There we were. Back in beautiful San Juan Del Sur. It had been a few months since we’d been back in town and we could hardly wait to see the beach, but we had to first find a place to rent for at least a month. The first place we went to right off of the bus was Hospedaje Elizabeth where we were hoping to get back into our old apartment. The family greeted us with open arms and informed us that the apartments were all occupied. We were very happy for the family that business was going so well, but that meant we had to find a different home somewhere else in town. We dropped our bags in one of Elizabeth’s small private rooms and began our search.
The next place we found was about 1 km up the street from the beach and around the corner from the big yellow church. We noticed a small sign in Spanish that read “Se Renta, mas barrato” (translation: for rent, very cheap) from the corner of our eyes as we were walking, which convinced us to inquire.
The home owner was a very nice older Nicaraguan man. The first room had an little area with a gas stove and a small sink for cooking. Around the corner from the kitchen area was a bedroom and then a bathroom in the back. It was very minimal, dark and made completely from cement so it wasn’t appealing to the eyes. The cost was $165 per month, which was perfect for our tight budget, but unfortunately it didn’t have Internet. That was a deal breaker, so we decided to keep looking.
We walked around for hours looking through various local Nica homes, hostels and apartment buildings all around town. The average cost ranged from $200-500 per month, which included various ammenities. We were pretty simple, we just needed a decent place below $300, preferably even below $200 a month, with wifi. That was it, but we couldn’t seems to find anything. We realized that it was probably because we were searching during the high tourist season and were definitely not the only folks in town looking for a cheap place to stay.
Later that afternoon, while walking on the other side of town we found a bright mint green colored home just one quick block from the beach. There was a sign on the front door looking for weekend renters, so we knocked on the door to inquire.
The home was owned by a really cool and nice gentleman named Pedro. He and his son, Obed, showed us around what could potentially be our section of the house. Through the front door there was a patio with a hammock and an awesome view of the San Juan del Sur beach. There were also a few tables and chairs outside looking out onto the beach view as well, which seemed like a great work station/dining area.
We walked inside from the patio into the bedroom–it was HUGE. The room consisted of two beds and a lot of empty space–it kind of reminded us of a warehouse. The walls were made of wood and painted yellow and lime green. It made us feel like we were living in a lemon, but we actually liked the bright tropical colors. The bathroom was small, but it had the essentials. The cost was $260 a month but it came with fast Internet and access to a kitchen. Not only was the apartment in our price range, but it had wifi and we also really liked Pedro and Obed. We thanked the guys for showing us around and told them we’d be back with a decision after a quick sunset walk on the beach.