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November Updates 2019

November Updates

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SJDS has such beautiful dusk and night views with all the twinkling lights.

New US Phone Number!!!

Reach me easier! I now have a new internet based USA phone number that rings on my cell phone to make it easier for clients to reach us during business hours!  The new number is 717-287-9960.

More tourists are Here!

Big increase in the number of tourists walking around! I returned to the states for a week to celebrate my birthday and 35th year high school reunion Nov. 5-13; upon my return to Nicaragua, man was I surprised by the increase of tourists during just one week, especially the number of snow birds!

Nicaragua is once again getting some good publicity and here are links to two articles:  Vogue’s travel guide to Nicaragua and Forbes Central America acknowledging a tourism designation Nicaragua has received.

Book your trip now and let us know if you need any help with accommodations or transportation.

Economic Reports

New loans and Lower interest rates! Banks are loaning money again for mortgages, business loans, etc., and here is a link to an article in La Prensa, a Nicaraguan newspaper, announcing that the Central Bank of Nicaragua has lowered the interest rate from 5% to 3%  This is good news because prices that depend on goods purchased with the US dollar like imports, won’t go up as fast and workers won’t need as much of a pay raise just to keep up. The Central Bank says all indicators are fine in the economy, hopefully this will encourage more foreign investment.

Latin Dance Workshop at El Timon

4 Day Workshop! Restaurant El Timon is hosting 4 days of workshops, shows, and socials on the various styles of Latin Dances with numerous international guests and performers.  The event starts 4 pm on November 28 going through December 1st.  Check out their Facebook page for details.

La Colonia, a Major Grocery Chain, is Coming to Rivas  

30 minute drive to buy USA & Canadian Brands! We are all super excited to soon have a La Colonia grocery store in Rivas, only 30 minutes away!  La Colonia is a large grocery chain with many locations in the bigger cities throughout Nicaragua and they stock a lot of brands from the USA and Canada.  Now I won’t have to “stock up” when I’m in Managua!

Vibe Restaurant 

Beside Zen Yoga! We have a new restaurant in town with a great new menu!  Vibe started the end of October 2019 serving breakfast, soups, salads, and sandwiches. They try to make as much as possible in house or use locally sourced foods.  Open 8 am -5 pm Tuesday-Saturday. Like their Facebook page and check out their menu!

San Juan del Sur Map & Guide Facebook Page

Your source for information! A new visitor’s guide with weekly entertainment schedules, a town map, restaurant specials, events, new business openings, etc.  Like their Facebook and read the weekly guide online!

Delivery-Mobile Service

Will Deliver Almost Anything! Restaurant delivery and a whole lot more!  Visit their website for restaurant menu selections then order by WhatsApp or calling their local number.  They will also deliver groceries, pharmacy items, cigarettes, pampers, beer, liquor, etc. or WhatsApp +505 7544 1001 or Like their Facebook page and communicate with them via Messenger

Book your Spa Appointments Online Before you Arrive!

Inexpensive and highly enjoyable spa and chiropractic treatments! How does an average price of $40 for 60 minutes of massage sound to you?  Why not splurge and get 90 minutes for $60? Here are links to two of our spas so you can book your treatments before your arrival!  No need to take a chance and hope you can get an appointment when you can book it ahead of time! Gaby’s Spa and Elixir Center including chiropractic appointments.

Windy Season is Just Around the Corner

Three creative solutions! The winds can often be a little strong January –March so here are three life hacks for dealing with the wind!  1. Weigh your light weight chairs, tables, BBQ grills, etc., down with exterior fabric covered sandbags. 2. Buy chairs that the wind “blows” through.  3. Install see through windscreens such as those used at Iguana Bar and this house in Cala Azul. If you have a creative solution, please feel free to share with me so I can share with others.

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Nice Pats on the Back

Our team helps with everything, it isn’t all just me!

Natalie, it is always great seeing you when I am in Nica! You are a true professional and should be proud of your accomplishments! See you in January!

John Shipley

Hola Natalie…. always enjoy your newsletters! They present ‘community’ on all fronts. Beautifully composed, informative and many glimpses into ‘normal life ‘ in SJDS….(we are listed with you for our lot in Larry’s El Oro) and I often forward your newsletter to family/ interested parties, as an indicator of the beauty and normalcy of SJDS…. You & your team are great ambassadors for the area! Bravo

Sandi (in Canada)

Looking for a Rental?

We Have Lots to Choose From! Looking for a long-term or a short-term rental for your next vacation or looking for someone to promote your property for rent? Check out the rentals page on our website.

This beach front house in Marsella is currently going through some remodeling, in phases, so it isn’t quite perfect but the location is perfect!  Rent it now and receive a $50 discount per night for overlooking the imperfections as we slowly continue with the remodeling!


Giving Back 

1% of commissions received will be donated! At Discover Real Estate, we believe in giving back to the community!  Starting in October 2019 we will set aside 1% of all commissions to be donated to various charities either looking for sponsorships of one-time events or to ongoing concerns such as the Jean Brugger Education Foundation, San Juan del Sur Day School, Escuela Adelante, Communidad Connect, etc.  When funds are available and requests are received, especially for event sponsorships which we have always contributed to, we will have these funds set aside to help the local community.

New Long Term & Vacation Rental Page  

Find what you need on Facebook! Betzy, our rental agent, recently started a new Facebook page strictly for long term and vacation rentals which is available for anyone to advertise their San Juan del Sur area rental on or find the rental you are looking for! Check it out and become a member!

Want a Drone Video?

Our in house photographer can help! A Picture Says a 1,000 Words; a Video, especially from a Drone, Says Even More! – Discover’s in house photographer offers professional services at affordable prices! Contact me for more information on a Drone video and/or new photos for your listing.

Want your Heirs to Receive your Property in Nicaragua?

Guarantee it with a Nicaraguan Last Will and Testament! Unfortunately we will all die someday, ☹ dang, so why not make that inevitable day easier on your heirs by doing a Nicaraguan Last Will and Testament for any property and/or possessions in Nicaragua.  Make your heir’s lives easier with a little preparation now because enforcing your Last Will or Testament from a foreign country can be a very costly and expensive 5-10 year frustrating struggle.

My favorite law firm of Corrales & Associados will be happy to prepare a Nicaraguan Last Will and Testament so your property and/or possessions goes smoothly and easily to the people you love instead of the government.

Sergio Corrales Montenegro 📧

For more articles, photos, videos, and important information about Nicaragua, visit our Facebook page!

This month’s postings include:

  • Forbes article on Nicaragua
  • Tourism is Bouncing Back in Nicaragua
  • Vogue’s Insider Guide to Nicaragua
  • Parqueo de Aventura
  • 50 Great Things to do in Nicaragua
  • Cruise Ship Schedule for the Season
  • Focaccia Bread at Rustico Bakery & Deli – seriously good!!!
  • And naturally, various house for rent

Featured Listings

Below are just a “FEW” of our almost 300 listings!

Go to to see more!

With prices reduced, now is a great time to buy your vacation rental property and/or future retirement home!  Just imagine the great memories you will create sharing your home with your friends and families?

Type reduced or bargain or whatever you are looking for in the key word box and quickly find all the properties that match!

Beachfront Apartment with Ocean Views For Sale In La Talanguera

La Talanguera Beachfront Apartment

2 bedroom “almost” beachfront apartment with ocean view available in La Talanguera, on the north side of the bay of San Juan del Sur. Residents enjoy easy access to the beach and a quick walk to the amenities of town.  The second floor apartment located behind the club house and swimming pool area features 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a dining room, kitchen with breakfast area, and a laundry area. It is being sold fully furnished. Outside there is a covered terrace with space for a barbecue and seating where you will enjoy the wonderful view and sunsets. The complex has a pool for residents and their guests, 1 parking space per apartment. It is run off its own power plant, and has security and a delivery manager.

Bargain priced at $195,000!!

Bosques Del Mar – Lots Available At Playa Marsella

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New amenities on the beach front access lot and a paved walkway!  Located on Playa Marsella, Bosques del Mar is a real estate development designed around community and nature. The goal of giving its residents the feeling of being immersed in nature is met, while being just 15 minutes from the amenities of San Juan del Sur. Bosques del Mar is the only development with its own beach front lot on Playa Marsella. Featuring ranchos, grills, bathrooms, and an outdoor shower, this area is exclusively for use by owners or renters of the development. This beach is a favorite of children and families, as its small waves make it known as one of the better swimming beaches in the area.

Bosques del Mar lots come with access to basic services. Currently there are 550 m² bargain lots sale for $16,750, reduced from $28,000! Lot 107 is reduced to $22,000. Don’t miss the opportunity to own one of these great lots! Contact us today to find out more.

Lot 46 in Lomas De Palermo


Lot 46 is a flat lot located in Lomas de Palermo, just a few minutes to town, this lot has good ocean views to San Juan del sur and there is paved access road to the lot.  Lot 46 has 1,077 Square meters.  Lomas de Palermo’s first rate infrastructure simplifies living in San Juan del Sur. Roads are paved and underground electric service has been provided to each home site. A robust water service network has been installed and is feeding water to each home site.

$59,000 reduced from $68,000

Las Escadas Studio Apartment

Brand New Las Escadas Studio

Brand new Las Escadas studio, recently completed and ready for a new owner to enjoy it! Located just 2km along the main road from the center of San Juan del Sur, residents will enjoy being within walking distance of the amenities of town, yet far enough outside to escape the noise!

The studio features dark wood accents throughout which includes a built in headboard and side tables, a large closet surrounding an entertainment unit, and cabinetry in the kitchen.  The up and coming development of Las Escadas features many amenities for its renters and residents, including a large salt water pool with sun loungers, a BBQ area with seating, and laundry facilities. Contact us today to find out more about this great opportunity to own a brand new Las Escadas studio!

Bargain at $65,000!! 

Special promotion Nov 20-Dec 20 – buy two studios for $110,000 and save $20,000!! Live in one and rent the other!

Residential Villas at Pelican Eyes


Part of the road is now paved in Phase II, yeah!!! Pelican Eyes Resort is situated on a lush hilltop with a commanding view of the magnificent, crescent-shaped bay and breathtaking sunsets of San Juan del Sur.  Pelican Eyes offers a stunning new concept, Pelican Residential Villas.  These private, fully-furnished and air-conditioned, residences range from spacious and comfortable studios to townhouses to full size villas, all together creating a unique community.

Currently only two 2 bedroom townhouses for $149,000 each and one 2 bedroom villa at $219,000 are still available. Bargain Prices!

Ready to Build Lot in Convenient Lomas De Palermo San Juan Del Sur

Lomas de Palermo Ready to Build Lot

Ready to build lot with ocean views for sale in Lomas de Palermo, near the entrance to San Juan del Sur. Enjoy being a convenient distance to the amenities of town, yet still far enough outside to experience a quiet neighborhood.

The 1,222.998 m² triangular shaped lot has water and power hookups available and all utilities are underground. All roads within the development are paved, and the lot features a private driveway. There is a stream below, meaning you will never have to worry about another house being constructed potentially blocking the beautiful ocean views!

Now Only $44,000!

Highest Lot in Acuarela (Watercolor) Development Overlooking San Juan Del Sur

Highest Lot in Acuarela

Acuarela (Watercolor) is the most technically advanced gated development in San Juan del Sur, with Fiber Optic internet, paved roads with sidewalks, and all underground utilities! No ugly power lines or cables to destroy your perfect view!  The commanding view from the development’s highest lot, #16 a cul-de-sac lot, is absolutely stunning! Enjoy the convenience of being “in town” but yet just far enough out on the edge for peace and quiet.

The developer will consider all offers on lots for a short time!  Normally they are $300,000 each but with the special promotion, you can get one for $100,000 or less!! There is already one finished million dollar house in this prestigious gated development and many more to come.  All offers considered!

Casa Serenidad in El Camino Del Sol

Casa Serenidad Hammocks

Casa Serenidad is a house in El Camino del Sol, a well-kept and managed gated community, 3km up the highway East from the center of San Juan del Sur. The development is located right across the road from San Juan Del Sur Day School, our town’s international private school.

This 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom home, in need of renovation, is unique in design with plenty of space between surrounding neighbors, yet close enough to feel part of a community. The interior design is amazing in that it allows natural light, and stays cool in the day (no need for ac for most people most of the time) and provides a beautiful display of Nicaraguan hardwood and design. Whilst enjoying your deck you have the most amazing sunsets to discover, each day being different and absolutely spectacular. The property is surrounded with natural beauty landscaped with a mango and lime tree, many bougainvillea, a nearby river and walking trails. The birds sing and the monkeys howl nearby.

Fixer upper reduced again, now only $60,000!!!

Corner Lot on Playa Yankee Surf Beach

Corner Lot on Playa Yankee Surf Beach

Lot 53 is a 1,146.21 m² corner lot for sale, located right beside Latham’s B&B in the Playa Yankee surf beach area, south of San Juan del Sur. This features fabulous ocean views, and is full of potential! Take advantage of its close proximity to one of the best surfing beaches in Nicaragua, and build a surf retreat, or a private house where you can enjoy easy access to great waves.

$65,000 reduced from $80,000

Park Avenue Villas – Condo Living in the Center Of San Juan Del Sur

Park Avenue Villas

All reasonable offers will be considered!  Park Avenue Villas is a boutique 8 condo building in the center of San Juan del Sur. Located on the hillside, this property features some of the best views of the bay, and is a great place to sit back and enjoy spectacular nightly sunsets just one block from the beach!  At the entrance to the 2 story residential building, a reception area provides a good welcome place for guests or returning owners. The center of the building hosts a courtyard pool, with ample seating surrounding it. A bathroom is conveniently located close to the pool, as well as an outdoor shower for those who visit the beach to rinse away any sand.  Starting at $105,000 check out the website listing which has links to all 8 condos available!  Fly & Buy: Rebate of up to 3 months’ rent Credit on any condo you purchase within 6 months of visiting.  Plus Air Fare Credit up to $600 each for two people.  Contact us to book this offer!

Brisas Del Pacifico San Juan Del Sur

View from lot 18

30% off lots for a short time!  Brisas del Pacifico development is situated on a hillside right above the south side of town and has spectacular views over the Bay of San Juan, and on parts of the property, the view spans across 270º all the way across to Costa Rica. The remaining individual lots range from 500-1,050 square meters with prices from $55,000-$190,000, perfect for building your future vacation or retirement home.  The steep slope lot is perfect for the cantilevered designs of the Sky Houses built on stilts and with the highest grade seismic technology.  If you choose to build a Sky House, you can sleep easy in your new modern dream home.

Lots are $55,000-$190,000 (take 30% off for a limited time)

Finca Esperanza Collado – 28 Manzana Farm with 2 Houses

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Finca Esperanza Collado is a large 20 hectare, 49.42 acre, farm located just 15 minutes from Playa Escameca, 45 minutes south of San Juan del Sur. The property features 2 houses surrounded by more than 800 fruit trees, as well as barns for pigs and chickens, creating the perfect place for nature lovers who feel like being far away from the business of town yet still within a reasonable proximity to its amenities.

The property is currently being run as a farm tourism business. The two different houses give excellent rental potential, allowing guests to have their own private space during their stay to ensure they fully enjoy the tranquility and authenticity of the farm. The 1 story rectangle house, built in 2018, features 1 bedroom, 2 bathrooms and a terrace. The second house was built in 2005 but remodeled in 2017. Shaped like an octagon, it has 2 floors and features 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, and a terrace. In the evenings, residents can take a walk to the highest point on the property, where the sunset can be viewed over the mountains of Costa Rica.

Only $350,000!! 

Cala Azul – Residential Lots | Condos | Commercial Space


Cala Azul Bay View   Cala Azul

The Cala Azul residential community is located north of San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua and beside the proposed marina on Nacascolo Bay. Wrapping around a small, very private, horse-shoe shaped bay, this development has various access points to the Pacific Ocean. The development currently has many finished houses, and residential only building lots are for sale. Future phases include a condo project, luxury townhouses, and a location for a boutique hotel and restaurant, all with a focus on nature, relaxation, and high quality.

With a grand gated entrance, all paved roads, nature trails, common use areas, a community center, and access to Nacascolo Beach with all the restaurants and amenities coming to this area, this is the perfect place for a vacation home or permanent residence. All the infrastructure, including access to fiber optic internet, all underground utilities, fabulous landscaping, and a connection to city water makes building your dream house easier and more enjoyable.

Lots starting at $175,000!

4 Bedroom House for Sale in El Encanto Del Sur


Brand new house with incredible views and rental units for sale in el Encanto del Sur, just 6 minutes from San Juan del Sur. The 1/2 acre property features a main house (completed in March, 2018), as well as a casita and poolside suite. There is over 3,100 square feet of under roof living space all built to North American standards. It is comprised of 4 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, 2 full kitchens and 1 kitchenette. The property hosts a great garden growing with several palms, and fruit trees, herbs, and shrubs.

Reduced to $339,000 from $650,000

If you don’t see what you are looking for on our website, please email us!

We have many “unofficial” or “unadvertised” listings


 ☀️Cheers from sunny San Juan del Sur! ☀️