San Juan Del Sur

Posted: March 1, 2011 in Nicaragua

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San Juan Del Sur is a nice small town invaded by American but mainly Canadian tourists. The second I entered town, I was asked to go sit down for a beer. I had lots of time, so why not? I joined Paul and Rachel over a cold one and Dave and Santiago joined shortly later. Dave gave me a couple of cool stickers while Santiago, another bike traveler who lives 8 km from town, invited me over to check out his farm and do some work on the bike whenever I feel like. Drink after drink, the sun went down and it was me, Paul and Rachel left at the table. It was dark and we had consumed a few beers for sure. Instead of me trying to stumble over and try to find a hostel, Paul and Rachel invited me to set-up my sleeping bag in their hotel room where I ended up spending the night.

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The next day, we decided to go and check out a camping spot at a cool beach near by called Hermosa Beach. This is the beach where they filmed a year and half ago the show named Nicaragua Survivor. We were camping on the same beach as the guys and girls from Survivor. The only difference was that we had access to showers, drinking water, and even a restaurant. At night time, it was the most tranquil beach ever. Secluded from all forms of artificial light and sound, it did feel like we were on a deserted island.

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Here is Paul.

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And here is Paul’s VW van. It’s the best and coolest set-up van ever. He had everything from solar panels to surf boards, a shit load of tools and even a ladder. On the back, he was transporting an FZ 1000 bike. That van has over 300k miles on it with original transmission and original engine. Straight up crazy van!

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A playa Hermosa sunset

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And a few days later, a surf competition. We woke up in the morning to a bunch of trucks coming in and setting everything up…

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… and changing the calm and raw beach into a Marketing show

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This kid was trying to sell his board. Hope he got it sold by the end of the day.

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