Laid back, good food, great sunsets and swimming beach
poverty, disease, natural disaster and encroaching crowds
Beautiful bay with a few things to hang out and enjoy.
The Surf Ranch Action Sports Resort just installed their new tower drop (12 ft and 20ft), to giant inflatable airbag. It's pretty sweet, you can skateboard off it, jump off it, etc...apparently they are building a launch ramp into it for bikes, snowboards, skis (artificial snow)....that will be SWEET!more
Kite Surfing and Rappelling can now be added to the Adventure Seekers "A to Z List of Things to Do" in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua. Check it out!According to the U.S. based Adventure Travel Trade Association, adventure travel may be any tourist activity, including two of the following three components: a physical activity, a cultural exchange or...more
You Don’t Have to Be Buff and Twenty-Something to Be Adventurous in NicaraguaSure, there are plenty of hard-bodied sun-kissed twenty-somethings in the back of open-air trucks heading out on adventures in San Juan del Sur, but that didn’t need to exclude me did it? Absolutely Not. We enthusiastically enjoyed surf, turf, turtles and much more.Younger...more
There are some amazing beaches close to San Juan del Sur. Now, reaching them might be somewhat tricky... If I remember correctly, there are some boat-tours, but in the end we decided to pay a cab driver and go to Marsella, one of the beaches close to San Juan del Sur.There are many... La Flor, Majagual, Maderas, Marsella, Tola... I know they are...more
Riding on the beach is a 'bucket list' dream for many, and Rancho Chilamate is who to do it with. Happy, healthy horses ride off the ranch through the local barrio, along ox cart trails in the tropical forest en route to the beach. If you dare, you can run your horse on the beach too! Your English-speaking hosts provide commentary along the way...more
San Juan del Sur is situated in a crescent shaped bay with a long beach, where it is nice to walk from one side to the other. The sea is calmer here in the bay, it is good for swimming but not for surfing. It was low tide in the morning and the beach was very broad. In the late afternoon it was high tide. When it is not weekend the beach is almost...more
San Juan del Sur is on the Pacific Coast so you will see beautiful sunsets here. In July, when the sun sets late, the sun will disappear behind the peninsula before it sets, but you will still see the colourful sky. Along the beach there are many bars and restaurants where you can buy a beer or another drink to sip on while enjoying the sunset. The...more
Before coming to San Juan del Sur I had read that you could pay to use the pool at Piedras Y Olas for the day. It tuned out they had a promotion when I visited and if you drank or ate for 10 dollars in the bar/restaurant, you didn’t pay anything for staying the day by the pool. This suited me good and I came back a second day. Piedras y Olas is an...more
Before leaving San Juan del Sur I wanted to go up to The Statue of Christ the see the view of the coast from there. I had been warned not to walk up there alone so I took a taxi. The lady at the hotel told me that it should not be more than 50 cordobas, but all the taxi drivers said 200, 250 or 150 cordobas. Finally I took a taxi for 150 cordobas,...more
Playa Maderas, San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
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Playa Ocotal, San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua, 505, NI
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Carreterra San Juan del Sur, km 139, San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
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Basically, as part of the market-place, in San Juan del Sur as well as all other places, there is this so-called comedor or: a bunch of tables and benches, where you can sit and eat the food prepared by several ... "establishments" which I really wouldn't know how to call. They're far from restaurants or anything typical known in the restaurateurs...more
I know the tip is titled "restaurant review" but I am not going to do that.:-)In San Juan del Sur there are many restaurants along the beach, those were the ones we visited. All nice.We ate at three different places and they were great. One was actually a restaurant of Cuban food, but... in any case, it was delicious.Our highlight was... needless...more
Good food and coffee. Some days the coffee was like cappuccino and other times it came as coffee with milk on the side both were good. This cafe had a no panhandlers addmitted policy which I much appreciated. No need to contiuously shoo and beg off the relentless trinket sellers like at the gato negro cafe. Good food and coffee at reasonable...more
There are now many restaurants along the beach in San Juan del Sur. Most of them have an open veranda under a thatched roof so you can look out on the beach. When I visited 20 years ago there was only a few.Besides El Timón (which has great food) I visited a few more. At Vivan I had a big fresh fruit salad for 110 cordobas (July 2009) and at...more
I came to Piedras y Olas twice to use the pool for the day and at the time there was an offer that you could use the pool for free if you bought drinks and food for 10 dollars in the restaurant. The first day I bought things for just 10 dollars, a coca-cola, an orange juice (but unfortunately they didn’t have fresh juices), a plate of French fries,...more
El Gato Negro is a very nice café and bookstore. If you are running out of books to read during your holiday you will probably find something new to buy here. I came here twice for breakfast. One morning I had a pithaya juice and a bagle with egg, tomatoes, cheese and avocado. It was 125 cordobas (July 2009). The second time I came here I had...more
Always full, it´s a nice bar with balconies overlooking the bay. Good music and good drinks. It´s located in the beach road. The first floor is the restaurant and the top floor hosts the bar.
Buses leave San Juan del Sur about every half an hour for Rivas. The bus ride takes 45 minutes and cost 15 cordobas (July 2009). At the bus station in Rivas I asked for a bus to San Jorge, from where the ferries leave for Isla de Ometepe, and was told that there are minibuses passing on the street. Before I had time to cross the street a taxi...more
I arrived to Managua early in the morning. The exchange offices had not opened jet, but I found an ATM in the departure hall. I was approached by a taxi driver who showed his badge and told me he drove an official taxi (with red plates). He wanted to have 16 dollars (July 2009) for driving me to the bus terminal at Roberto Huembes. As the taxi...more
The highway is mostly in very good condition. It is a 2 laner and takes some time because there's everything from overloaded semis crawling along to donkey carts slowing things down. Just chill out, enjoy the ride. This is not the States and that's the whole damn point. The highway connecting from the Pan American to San Juan was recently redone...more
Like many port towns, drugs are part of the scene. At any given hour you'll likely run into a few guys that are "trippin". They are mostly harmless. Just give them some extra room to avoid contact. Do not leave your car parked, unattended over night. Make sure you have secured parking with your hotel/(place you sleep) dude.more
Just remember when you are just about anywhere on the Pacific Coast of Nicaragua that you are a long way from good medical attention. San Juan has a few doctors and a health clinic. Keep that in mind as you travel in these regions. You need to go prepared for all scenarios for rescue, first aid and transport to the hospital in Rivas.more
I used these guys to repair some damage to my surfboard. I show up to pick it up and they have lent my board to one of their buddies who is teaching someone to surf 15 KM away! I have to take a kid from the surf shop up to the beach to find this guy and then they don't want to give the board back.Also very unreliable and hard to track down with...more
shorts, swim wear, t-shirts, sandals; you're on the beach man. If you stay at one of the nicer resorts, you will need to have some nicer clothing on hand.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Mosquito repellant and any other prescription stuff you need. Not a lot of options to replace meds here.
Photo Equipment: Minimal stuff. Things got legs around San Juan if you know what I mean. Keep an eye on all your stuff. Leaving it in your car is an open invitation to come an take it, after they break your window.
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...more
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...more
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We hired a boat and went fishing with some other backpackers....it was a lot of fun, but had bad luck because we didn't caught anything!!!
But we bought a huuuge fish when we got back in the port and had a fantastic BBQ!!!
Equipment: Bring a lot of drinks on the boat
It's just a wonderful sensation to be walking barefoot on the sandy beach of this place. And, although I'm pretty sure things've inevitably changed, this village is still massive-tourism free and therefore a morning spent at the beach is a delight. When enjoying the sensation as if the whole beach belonged to you...enough rambling.more
This small, fishermen village is located near the frontier between Nicaragua and Costa Rica, in the San Juan del Sur bay, which automatically tames the ocean a little bit and makes this town's beach a popular surfers' destination. At the far left end of the bay the town's dock is located... on the far right end of the bay, after a splendid beach,...more
A general tip would be not to visit San Juan del Sur in the end of the dry season. It might be less rain, but the lack of leaves on the trees, or in case of leaves, the brown and grey colours makes the whole place look rather sad and seem much less charming than else, especially if you arrived from the lush Atlantic cost or much greener Costa Rica.more