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  • 87%
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  • 69%
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  • 59%
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  • San Juan del SurPro 2014
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    As with most places in the world, you get out of SJS What you put into it. If you chose to never leave the main town, there is still plenty to do, eat, drink, and see, but if you chose to rent a scooter and check out the surroundings areas, or take surf lessons, or go to one of the many beaches in the area, that too will be rewarding. There is something for everyone in this small, secluded corner of Nicaragua. Definitely worth a visit!

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  • San Juan del SurPro 2014
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    I lot of people really love San Juan del Sur and it is popular with tourists. I was robbed there, so I have a negative remembrance of the place. It is a very good place to learn to surf and there are a few Spanish language schools. I have heard a multitude of stories of people getting robbed there, so mine is not a lone incident. It's important to be vigilant while staying there. I wouldn't recommend a person not go there, but I most likely will never return--there are better beach towns in countries I like more.

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    Cactus canyons, cliffs and the second-largest Jesus statue in the world overlook this sailboat-studded beach town. Ride in the back of a pickup truck/surf shuttle down dusty roads to breathtaking beaches for incredible surf.

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  • San Juan del Sur

    The most beautiful sun set I have ever seen was here. The sea food is delicious and cheap. The drinks are cheap as well and freshly made. The people here are friendly. Take the time to stop and chat with them. They all have story's and big hearts.

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    If you want to surf in Nica, which is highly advisable, you need to base part of your trip here. San Juan Del Sur is on a crescent bay. The street along the water, and the first few blocks inland, are pretty packed with restaurants and places to stay. There is a mix of everything from high end resorts to cheap hostels. There are nightclubs filled with a younger crowd and even a bohemian bookstore (El Gato Negro). To get to the beaches, you need a vehicle or have to pay a surf shop for a ride. Playa Madeiras is one of the closest beach breaks, has three peaks usually working, and can handle a large crowd for Nicaragua (~30 people). It is north of SJdS. To the south is Playa Yankee. It is in the midst of a newer housing development and is a fun, but fast beachbreak.

    At night, enjoy a sunset, seafood, and some Flor de Cana at any of the restaurants on the sand. They all have similar menus and quality.

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  • San Juan del Sur

    San Juan del Sur is kind of the surf hub in Nicaragua. Places to stay, driving distance to lots of surf spots and access to boats to take you to the best spots.

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  • San Juan del SurPro 2014
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    Backpacker party mecca. Has charm but quickly tiring unless you are young and like to hear base.

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  • San Juan del Sur

    Beautiful beaches, great surfing, friendly people and still at great prices.

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    Great city. Full on beach and party vibe and really safe.

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    NTH

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San Juan del Sur is a beach town on the western coast of Nicaragua. It is very popular with surfers and a common vacation spot for Nicaraguans and foreigners alike. It is a very small, relaxed place where a usual day consists of laying on the beach, walking on the beach, and eating on the beach. Seafood is the specialty, and caught-that-day is the norm. San Juan del Sur is the pinnacle of an idyllic beach vacation.

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