La Flor Wildlife Refuge is one of the two Pacific turtle nesting beaches in Nicaragua.
You can book a tour from Casa de Oro in San Juan (or a few other hostels) to go see the turtles lay their eggs (or turtle babies hatching, depending on the season). The tours only go at night and are a little pricey (I paid about $13). It take about 1 hour by pick-up truck on a bad dirt road that crosses a few "rivers" !
Despite the difficulty getting there and the rather disorganised ranger station, I was surprised at just how amazed and touched I was at witnessing these large turtles slowly digging holes in the sand, laying all these eggs, and then painstakingly closing up the holes by pushing sand in with their flippers.
It's worth seeing at least once, and it's probably cheaper here than in neighbouring Costa Rica.
Bahia Majagual is a beach about 12 kms north of San Juan del Sur. There is only one choice of accomodation there: the Bahia Majagual Eco-Lodge. You can stay in the dorm for a few dollars or in a cabana (I payed $18 US single).
There is no village, no restaurants (except the one attached to the lodge) and no shops. You can get here by boat from San Juan (half an hour, irregular morning departures) or by pickup truck (camion) on a horribly gutted dirt road, which takes about 40 minutes. If you have a choice, take the boat!
Why come here? It's quiet, it's isolated, it's beautiful, and it has some great surf beaches nearby for surfers.
For swimmers, the waves are a little stronger here than in San Juan.
See more photos in my travelogue.