La Costanera

Slow but steady progress is being made on Nicaragua’s Coastal Highway Project making the border with Costa Rica all the more accessible.  “La Costanera” will eventually be a paved road stretching from Montelimar in the north to the Costa Rican border to the south, a total of approximately 131.5 kilometers running close to the coast line, following most of the existing dirt road.

Photos (taken June 26, 2011) below show a 4 km stretch of road, paved with “Somoza Stones” (named for the former dictator who owned all the concrete factories) between San Juan del Sur and Playa Coco, to the south.

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Playa Coco Beachfront Rental

Looking for a relaxing get-away during your Nicaragua vacation?  Read on for more info:

My folks just purchased a beautiful 3 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom beachfront condo in Playa Coco, approximately 15 kilometers south of San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua.  The home is one of 15 completed condos (5 more are under construction).  

In addition to the amenities listed below, Playa Coco Townhomes now offers a beachfront pool, wireless internet, and satellite tv.  


Beach front pool

Beach front pool





The home boasts oceanfront views



dsc066691incredible sunsets,



roof deck, balconies from all three bedrooms,


central air conditioning, flat screen television with Bose speakers, fully-equipped modern kitchen,


hand-crafted furniture from Simplemente Madera,


24-hour security, twice weekly housekeeping.  The house is on the southern end of Playa Coco with the private Escameca Ecological Reserve to the north and La Flor National Park (known for its protection of Olive Ridley Sea Turtles) to the south.

If you think you might be interested in renting the home, feel free to send me a message or visit their VRBO listing at:

Happy Holidays

Well, I’ve been a little delayed in posting a holiday greeting, but I wanted to send my love to family and friends regardless of the day.  We had a very peaceful Christmas, spending a few days down in Playa Coco, one of our favorite beaches in the area.  On Christmas day, we were joined by various friends for Christmas tacos, courtesy of our friends Christian and Claire.  That night, we witnessed a beautiful sunset and fell asleep to the sound of the Pacific crashing waves onshore.


The holidays made us feel grateful for so many people, including those friends we’ve made here who have becomes our surrogate family, as well as for our family and friends back home.  We feel blessed to be surrounded by so many wonderfully caring people.