One week, once a year, San Juan del Sur becomes the biggest party town in Nicaragua. This week is called Semana Santa and it is during the week leading up to Easter. During this week thousands of visitors from all over Nicaragua and Central America come to San Juan Del Sur to participate in the festivities. Quinn and I were living in San Juan Del Sur with our friends Elisha and Gordon, so we knew we had to at least check out all of the events going on right outside our door. The Steve Aoki concert on Eskamekita was actually part of this crazy week, but after that late night at the concert we decided to take it easy the rest of the week and just check everything out during the day.
We headed down to the beach and immediately noticed that the beach was completely transformed. What was once a peaceful and quiet beach town had become a massive sponsored dance party. Companies from all over the world set up tents up and down the beach to provide small lounge areas for guests to grab a drink and listen to music from their own guest DJ.
As we walked on the streets we were in awe of the crazy events that were occurring all around us. People were buying cases of beer just so that they could spray it all over the crowds. It was hectic and to be honest we had to have our guard slightly up because with all of the people around, this was also prime time for robbers to pickpocket.
As we emerged from the crowds we headed to the luxurious green Heineken tent to listen to lounge music while enjoying the rare to Nicaragua Heineken beer.
After a while, it was time to move on. We went from tent to tent enjoying the extremely cheap beverages. While hanging out at the bright red Claro tent, Quinn was asked to do an interview for a young Central American TV program. It was the first time Quinn ever did a interview in Spanish, but she had a lot of fun doing it.
Other entertaining events were going on all around us, such as a professional beach volleyball tournament. We walked down to the stadium to watch them for a while, but we were overwhelmed with the intense energy all around us so we moved on to keep on exploring.
After hours of exploration in the streets, lounges, volleyball games, beach and outdoor dance clubs–it was time for us to head back. It was a very entertaining event, but a little bit to much crazy partying for us. It was like what we’d imagine Cancun college spring break to look like. Not really our scene.
We had a lot of work to do and decisions to make about the LOOTB’s future, so we went back home with E & Gord to figure out what our next big move was going to be.