San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua, is a quiet getaway for those wanting to escape the hustle and bustle of the big city. For more than 100 years, people have been going to the coastal town for vacations
or to live.
San Juan del Sur, located on the Pacific coast of Nicaragua in Central America, sits near a crescent-shaped bay in the state of Rivas.
The town has about 18,500 Nicaraguans living in it. Because of its location on the coast, many locals work in the tourism industry, in jobs that include sea-diving tours and snorkeling activities.
San Juan del Sur has a small-town feel, with the local town market adding to that flavor. The market opens early, and residents sell locally grown fruits and vegetables.
The white-sand and pebble beaches provide a host of activities, including boating, fishing and surfing.
Because it is in Central America, San Juan del Sur has a tropical climate with warm temperatures year round and winds blowing off the coast. Hills and cliffs surround it.
Roel A. Garcia is originally from SouthTexas, but now resides in West Michigan. He has written for "The Alice Echo News Journal" in Alice, Texas and for "The Holland Sentinel" in Holland, Michigan. He has been hired as an adjunct professor at a community college in Western Michigan. He earned a master of arts degree in English from Texas A & M University--Kingsville.