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Favourable report on tourism in Nicaragua

New York Daily News has posted a great review of tourism on our beautiful coast.  See:




Two more girls’ team will be visiting SJdS from the USA.

Berry University will be here from March 14th to the 18th and will play the Nicaraguan National Team at the Sports Park on March 17th

Club Fusion a Juniors Club Team from the Chicago Area will be here from March 22nd to 26th. They will play the Nicaraguan Junior National Team at the Sports Park on
March 24

Brooke Rundle is running both tours, and both groups will be participating in community activities on the days prior to their matches. If anyone has any projects that could use some help or attention, please contact one of us via email.

Brooke: Tim:

Ox Cart Tours, Fashion Shows, and a Telethon

This week’s events include an Ox Cart Pub Crawl on the Chocolata Road; a Fashion Show at the Crazy Crab; and a Telethon Day on the south side of the market.  Not to mention St. Patrick’s day parties!  Find more details in our list of events:

This Week’s Events: March 15-22

Mon March 15

  • Water Aerobics @ Pelican Eyes Family Pool 10am
  • Yoga @ Buena Vida Fitness Centre 7:30am & 6pm
  • Martial Arts Class @ Buena Vida Fitness Centre 4pm
  • Live Reggae with”The Bush Doctors” 8pm @ The Pier
  • Pizza & Movie night @ Bambu Beach 8pm
  • Tues March 16

  • Yoga @ Buena Vida Fitness Centre 7:30am; 4;30pm and 6pm
  • Wed March 17

  • Yoga @ Buena Vida Fitness Centre 7:30 & 6pm
  • Water Aerobics @ Pelican Eyes Family Pool 10am
  • Martial Arts Class @ Buena Vida Fitness Centre 4pm
  • Happy Hour @ Pelican Eyes 4-8pm
  • St Patrick’s Day : Party’s at the Irish House, probably at Big Wave Dave’s and others.  Ox Cart pub crawl on the Chocolata:  contact either Irish John or Irish/Yoga Edward.  Don’t know who they are?  Ask any regular at Dave’s; the Irish Bar; or Buena Vida Fitness Centre… you’ll be able to find them.
  • Thurs March 18

  • Yoga @ Buena Vida Fitness Centre 7:30am, 4:30pm & 6pm
  • Open Mic Night @ Pau Hana (The legendary Open Mic Night held at Coquitos, has moved next door to Pau Hana aka Kenny’s place)
  • El Timon hosts Nicaragua Cultural Night most Thursday evenings with live music and sometimes dance performances

    Fri March 19

  • Yoga @ Buena Vida Fitness Centre  7:30am & 6pm
  • MUNICIPAL TELETHON DAY 8:00 am until 4:00 pm on the south side of the Municipal Market
  • Water Aerobics @ Pelican Eyes Family Pool 10am
  • Martial Arts Class @ Buena Vida Fitness Centre 4pm
  • Happy Hour @ Pelican Eyes – La Cascada Bar y Restaurant 4-8pm
  • Live music @ The Irish House 8pm (or thereabouts)
  • Live Music @ Bar Restaurant Vivian on the beach
  • Fashion Show Moda del Mar  8:30pm – 10:30pm @ Crazy Crab Disco
  • Sat March 20

  • Farmer’s Market @ the Sports Park  9am-2pm
  • Yoga @ Buena Vida Fitness Centre 10am & 6pm
  • Karaoke @ Agua Azul Bar Restaurant
  • Live Music with Don Bigote y los Pobrecitos @ The Pier 8 or 9pm
  • Sun March 21

  • Yoga @ Camino del Sol 5pm
  • Mon March 22

  • Yoga @ Buena Vida Fitness Centre  8:30am & 6pm
  • Water Aerobics @ Pelican Eyes Family Pool 10am
  • Martial Arts Class @ Buena Vida Fitness Centre 4pm
  • If you have an event you would like listed here, please email Sandy Iverson directly at

    Local Community Organization Receives International Attention

    Communidad Connect, a local community development organization, was recently featured on an international travel blog for it’s VolunToursim program.  VolunTourism is a volunteer program that connects visitors with a wide range of ongoing community projects..  see:

    Comunidad Connect focuses on community development projects around the San Juan del Sur area in the southwest of Nicaragua. These projects include recycling, financial literacy programs, sports, and VolunTourism.

    Reality Shows Discover Nicaragua

    It has become fairly common knowledge in San Juan del Sur that the US tv show, Survivor, will be arriving in a month or so to begin filming just south of town.  The Nica Times published a story today about the Corn Island’s experience of having the crew of a similar popular Italian reality tv show: L’Isola dei Famosi (Island of the Famous).  The article also confirms that the US show is in final negotiations to film “Survior”… something we, of course, already knew.

    If the US crew is anything like the Italian crew, San Juan businesses shouldn’t get their hopes up too  much about an amazing influx of business cash.  According to this article, some of the businesses contracted to provide services to the film crew haven’t been too thrilled about how it’s working out.  One provider is quoted as saying “They’re disrespectful and they want everything for free.”   Maybe San Juan will have a better experience.  In any case… it should be interesting… and San Juan will survive “Survivor”.


    Smart House Open House – This Saturday March 13

    SIP Paneles SA is constructing sips in Nicaragua and they have built one of these homes in San Juan del Sur. It will be open to the public this Saturday, March 13, from 9 am – noon & 2-5 pm.

    Drop by after (or before) your stop in at the Farmers Market (Sports Park) and learn all about the new building system using SIP Panels for an affordable and faster construction solution.

    Structural Insulated panels or sips are essentially a sandwich of Expanded Poly styrene (Styrofoam) glued to cemntous fiber board or plywood under extreme pressure. Using proven technology from the United States and Germany, SIP Panales claims they are capable of producing a house in a day.

    The company also claims that these houses have the best R factors of any homes being built in the country today; that the construction system is environmentally friendly and will produce a home that is 30% less expensive to cool.

    Check it out on Saturday and see what they have to say. The Smart House is located before the port on the left across from the blue warehouse. Look for their green and white signs.