San Juan del Sur Travel Guide
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- 98%Budget Travelers
- 87%Adventure Travelers
- 69%Family Travelers
- 59%Outdoor Enthusiasts
- 59%Local Culture
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- San Juan del SurMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget TravelersWellness+ 3
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!Recommended for:
- San Juan del SurMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 5
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.Recommended for:
- San Juan del SurMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 8
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.
- 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.
- San Juan del SurMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsBusiness TravelersFamily Travelers+ 2
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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