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