Buena Onda Backpackers

LOOTB at Buena Onda in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

After moving into our new home, the first thing we wanted to do was reconnect with our expat friends. Because we didn’t have a Nicaraguan phone, we decided to just walk up the hill to our friend Baba’s home. Baba is an expatriate from France who has successfully opened his own hotel in San Juan Del Sur.

LOOTB at Buena Onda in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

The name of his awesome getaway is Buena Onda Backpackers, which roughly translates to “cool backpackers”. It is a hidden gem with a very cool open floor layout as well as unique intricate designs that make his place one of a kind.

LOOTB at Buena Onda in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

LOOTB at Buena Onda in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

LOOTB at Buena Onda in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

We call it a hidden gem because its location is not in the center of town–it’s off of the beaten path, but it’s one of the best hotels in San Juan Del Sur.

LOOTB at Buena Onda in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

Baba has been a huge inspiration to us both, especially when we first moved here, because he left home and moved to Central America with only a backpack and a dream of starting his own business. Just like us. Now that he is successfully doing it, Quinn and I love hearing about his struggling stories before his success that helped make his dream a reality.

LOOTB at Buena Onda in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

LOOTB at Buena Onda in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

When we arrived at the hotel the first thing we noticed was that his home/hotel was now painted bright tuscan yellow. It looked great. We walked up the stairs and rang his french bell in hopes that he was home. His dog came barking down followed by Baba. We exchanged hugs as he welcomed us upstairs.

LOOTB at Buena Onda in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

LOOTB at Buena Onda in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

As we sat down we told him about our crazy experiences over the past few months in Masaya and Laguna de Apoyo while we overlooked the ocean and the town of San Juan Del Sur. It was such a comfortable feeling to speak English while looking out over the trees and just chatting. It was something that we definitely never experienced in Masaya and we had missed this.

LOOTB at Buena Onda in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

LOOTB at Buena Onda in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

LOOTB at Buena Onda in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

His home was very calm and soothing.  The perfect place to relax, drink a beer, stretch or just think.

LOOTB at Buena Onda in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

LOOTB at Buena Onda in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

We were back in San Juan Del Sur and in this moment we completely understood the beauty of being in an expat community. We explained to Baba our plans of working with a few non-profits in town to keep our business rolling. He was sincerely proud of us. That’s the cool thing about being friends with fellow entrepreneurs, they get it even in the beginning stages because they’ve been there too. We gave hugs goodbye and headed home to map out our schedule and create a massive list of things to do.

Buena Onda in photos: 

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6 responses to “Buena Onda Backpackers

  1. The place looks amazing, I think anyone who put that much care into a place for backpackers must truly understand the joy of travelling, but also the gratitude you feel resting your head in a place that adds to the experience rather than just provides a roof…

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