That all changed in 2010 when
found its way to southern Nicaragua
and filmed its Survivor
Nicaragua season. Quickly the town
became more than just a dot on the map. Restaurants
and hotels sprang up to accommodate the flood of tourists. Even an upscale resort has been built that
overlooks the city’s bay. Rooms at the
Pelican Eyes Resort and Spa are pricy and not what most have become accustom to
paying when in this developing country.
All of the above I knew. In fact I was drawn by the siren of the world class waves with third world prices. I did find that. While prices in San Juan del Sur are not what they used to be, they are still affordable. A decent meal with waterfront dining can be had for under $15 dollars per person. Beer and rum are equally cheap and seemingly run without end to the majority of the youthful visitors.
One hotel stands apart. Built in 1902 the Victoriano Hotel is one of the oldest buildings in town. The structure is of Victo
rian Architecture and was built using cedar. The smell is both romantic and intoxicating. The entry doors are like a portal into a
different era. Ceiling fans whirl
overhead and the wooden floors creak out your arrival. Old black and white photos adorn the hallway
walls. Most depicting either pictures of
the once sleepy fishing village or of the hotels most famous guest, one Samuel
What we learn is that before the Panama Canal was built, in an attempt to bypass the arduous trip around the bottom of South America travelers cut across
Nicaragua. Debarking at San Juan del Sur, they traveled
by horse drawn wagons to Lake Nicaragua. Here they boarded boats that ferried them to
the opposite side of the large body of water and down the San Juan River until
they hit the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea.
Like most travelers, Twain spent his first night ashore at the Victo
riano Hotel. The lodge has memo rialized
the room and for an additional $10 dollars over the normal rate you can sleep
there. With hopes that some how, some
way the great authors ability or spirit would in some shape or form rub off on
me I was happy to pay the extra. As you
can tell, it was money misspent.
Regardless, it was an added extra surprise to our travels in this
wonderful country and a brush with history that will long add to my wealth of