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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    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.

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    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.

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    Santa Rosa National Park

    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.

  • 5

    Playas del Coco

    6 reviews

    December 2011 ~ sharing a few beers at Walter's Bar in Costa Rica with my brother Joe.

  • 6


    17 reviews

    Granada is an interesting little colonial city. I made a video for youtube that I hope will give you a feel for the people and places you will see.

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    Isla de Ometepe

    10 reviews

    Amazing island with two active volcanos! Stay at Hacienda Merida which is walking distance to the smaller volcano so you can hike it while you're there. Public transit on the island is hit or miss but be patient unless you don't mind paying extra for a taxi. The buses are fun tho, standard C. American chicken buses that tear thru ...

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    Gulf of Papagayo

    1 review
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    Playa Hermosa

    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

    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

    1 review

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

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    Lago de Apoyo

    1 review
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