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If a fast pace is important to your vacation criteria, you’d best not venture to the tranquil area of “Limon Uno” and “Limon Dos” Nicaragua!     You WILL find gentle people and like-minded extranjeros who dot the landscape of this rural area.   Rancho Santana and Hacienda Iguana are the big boys on the block, though they balance well with Mom & Pop-owned properties like Buena Onda, Nica Waves, Casa Rosada and Las Tortugas.   Click here for a post about this area.

Few tourists consider Rivas a destination of choice, but the classic working man’s town is one of my favorite places to unwind.   Catch the early-morning market areas where the crisp light streaks across displays of common fruits and vegetables as well as exotic ones.   The merchants delight in interacting with foreigners, who often serve as walking ambassadors for their countries. Click here for a post about Rivas:

San Juan Del Sur marries success with humility; You’ll find a well-scrubbed town that retains much of its original charm.   If only all ‘newly-discovered’ areas could do the same!  If you’re in the area, stop by and see Ralph and Renda at Park Avenue Villas.  They’re charming hosts with a wealth of knowledge and contacts.    (“No Bad Days” sailing is next on my list, as they promised that Ralph would teach me a song!)  Read more about San Juan Del Sur here.

These images allow you to ample the flavor of the unhurried lifestyles along Nicaragua’s southern Pacific coast.  Perhaps one day you’ll find your way there!   Enjoy, Z