San Juan del Sur

12 reviews

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 ...

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  • 1

    Playa Gigante

    1 review

    Pleasant beach known for seafood shacks that sell inexpensive lobster. Watching the pelicans dive for their lunch as you eat yours is a treat. The surf can be rough here so be a little careful. Popular with backpackers and surfers. Also home to a dive shop. A foot path leads to the more private Playa Redondo.

  • 2


    3 reviews

    Primarily a transit hub and you are bound to pass through it if you are driving in the south along the Pacific coast. Home to an attractive cathedral and central square. The big crowd on a side street near the main square is primarily visitors waiting to see loved ones / friends at the prison.

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    1 review

    Small town with a church and a central square. Gateway to Playa Gigante and a few other beaches but primarily residential and offers little of interest to visitors.

  • 4


    21 reviews

    Charming colonial town with a lovely cathedral, plenty of restaurant options, and a nice location next to Lake Nicaragua. You need a minimum for 3-4 hours to do the city justice and it would be very easy to leisurely spend a few nights here. Many tours include Masaya and Granada. If I were to do over again, I would have ...

  • 5

    Playas del Coco

    Costa Rica
    6 reviews

    A small beach town with howler monkeys in the trees, and dive boats and fishing boats ready to take travelers around the area. Most of the reef I saw was dead, but we also saw some big morays, and sharks ans the visibility was good. Supposedly there are some islands a couple hours off shore where there are schools of ...

  • 6

    Isla de Ometepe

    10 reviews

    The largest island in Lake Nicaragua. Climb volcanoes, swim in the lake, hang out with monkeys, hike to waterfalls.

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    Santa Rosa National Park

    Costa Rica
    2 reviews

    Wild, pristine and protected dry forest wilderness directly on the majestic Pacific coast. Not only a Costa Rican national treasure, but a global one as well. Wonderful place to surf or come camp and spot howler monkeys, sea turtles, macaws and coatis. I love this place.

  • 8

    Gulf of Papagayo

    Costa Rica
    1 review
  • 9

    Playa Hermosa

    Costa Rica
    4 reviews

    Pull off the highway to your scenic ocean-side public beach with a private oasis feel. White sandy beaches are breath-taking but beware the riptide - swim here with caution.

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    Playa Panama

    Costa Rica
    1 review

    This is 5 minutes walking distance from the condo front door! This beach has the least pedestrian traffic of the three beaches listed in this area. Walk to the other side of the beach and you will find a reef.

  • 12

    Playa Ocotal

    Costa Rica
    1 review

    Beautiful black-sand beach surrounded by high bluffs, really beautiful for sunset walks.

  • 13

    Lago de Apoyo

    1 review
  • 14

    Las Salinas

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