“We’ve always told everybody that our adventure would be epic. But most importantly, that it would never stop. Of course we get in trouble, and sometimes we get lost. But I guess it is the price you have to pay. To keep on exploring.”

-Jeff Lee


For this vacation special we followed the trailblazing restaurateurs of Espadon into the jungle paradise around San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua. John Mike Leblond (Montreal Chef), Jessica Midlash (Sommelière, Le Garde-Manger) and Benjamin Powlesland (Mixologist, Toronto) recently hosted the pop-up venue of Espadon Nicaragua, a sea & farm to table concept where both locals and travellers could enjoy their take on the freshest produces and recipes.

The Espadon, a pop-up restaurant near San Juan Del Sur.

A special night cooking on the beach for Australian travellers

This 3 months operation got them to get familiar with the close-knit community of local entrepreneurs who are currently shaping the eco-tourism scene of San Juan, sprawling a web of amazing boutique-hotels, yoga retreats, microbreweries, restaurants and expeditions.

Chief John Mike Leblond at work with the catch of the day.

Everywhere we went, I heard of land acquisition deals, construction schedules and development projects. The energy was more than palpable. Those ventures are obviously not always easy. There is after all no treasure map to where these entrepreneurs are going.

Exploring Tree Casa Resort, one of our main stories.

Overlooking the Hulakai Compound from main building.


Now forget about big resorts and tacky cruises.

We believe the next 20 years of tourism will be shaped by the desire for personal and genuine life experiences curated by local guides like Espadon. A more human approach to discovery in total respect with nature. In this vacation special, we will cover 3 different resorts and compounds that will provide your trip with luxury comfort but also that magic adventure touch that you and your family are looking for.

Editor Jeff Lee at the wheel of SALT Cruises catamaran.

The Beach House Café Restaurant in San Juan Village.


Jeff Lee
Editor-in-chief & Broker

Jeff loves to discover and explore the best real estate with those who dream big and make it happen. He hopes to bring his marketing and content production expertise to the real estate world. He is also a Real Estate Broker operating in Montréal.