Nicaragua Border Run

By the time we got through walking Oso and getting things loaded it was by no means an early escape from Casa Playa Blanca. The drive was easy going north with only a small amount of traffic passing through Liberia. Lots of Savanna and sugar cane from there on to the border.

Making friends on the road

A couple of border ‘helpers’ talked me into letting them guide me through the exit at the Costa Rican side. It helped a little, but I could have figured it out myself and not paid the few bucks to get walked through. The most helpful part was them pushing us to hurry to beat a charging line of passengers that just exited a bus and were racing to the visa office.

The Nicaraguan side took forever with no real rhyme or reason. Tons of beaks to wet. A fee for the car, for the dog, for us, for the covid lady. The sound of official stamps being pounded onto paperwork gave a very bureaucratic air to all of the doings. Finally, after hunting down the aduana lady who had neglected to give us the declaration page at the beginning of the process, we managed to get the permits we needed and drove on into Nicaragua. No further stops or hassles.

Picking up supplies in San Juan del Sur

An hour or so later, we reached the beach at Playa Maderos and took Oso for a foray on the beach. Tons of beginners were out having a go at the small waves breaking out front. We didn’t tarry long, as we were eager to find some lodgings before the sun went down. We tried a few of the places down on the beach with no luck then found a spot up the hill overlooking the sea that fit the bill.

Jorge got us checked into a room at Arte Sano with a great view. We unloaded our gear then ran down the mountain path to the beach below. We walked to the point before turning around to hoof it back up the steep jungle trail back to the hotel. A beautiful sunset awaited us as we floated in the infinity pool overlooking the bay. Tired from a long day of travel, we took it easy and rested up for tomorrow’s adventures.

4 thoughts on “Nicaragua Border Run

  1. Happy Thanksgiving!! You really had to work It to cross the border. I’m glad you found a nice place to stay. PJ, you look great in the pool and Oso looks so handsome and sleek. What a lucky dog! We had a good family day here today and I remarked that I hadn’t used the dishwasher since Covid began. We crossed our fingers and woosh, it started right up. Have fun. Miss and love you. Meema

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  2. Happy Thanksgiving PJ and Mike. Miss you guys ❤️ So happy to see your big smile PJ. I have been keeping very busy, but I’m still very connected to my program and GOD 🙏 Stay happy and healthy 🙏

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  3. Happy Thanksgiving PJand Mike! Very busy day, I’m in Philadelphia with son and his family. I go home Monday night. That pool at night is gorgeous and the person in it too! Miss and love you both! Tutu

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