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San Juan Del Sur is a small coastal town on the Pacific Coast of Nicaragua. San Juan Del Sur is the hub for exploration of Nicaragua’s toned and tanned southern beaches. While San Juan itself doesn’t have an amazing beach or great surf, you can easily get shuttles either 30 minutes North or South to find waves. San Juan Del Sur is the best location for restaurants and nightlife and is home to Central Americas biggest party, Sunday Funday, that attracts hundreds of foreign travellers each week. If you are backpacking through Nicaragua, chances
Things to do in San Juan Del Sur
Hike to Jesus (Mirador del Cristo de la Misericordia)
This viewpoint overlooks San Juan Del Sur offering an amazing view. Sunset is a great time to hike to this viewpoint. The entrance fee is $2.
Party on Sunday Sunday
San Juan Del Sur is renowned for its party scene, in particular, Sunday Funday. Sunday Funday is basically a pool crawl that goes to three different locations in San Juan Del Sur. After attending a Sunday Funday, you will understand what all the hype is about. The ticket costs $30, which includes a tank top and transportation between the pools/bars — drinks are not included, but are pretty cheap.
There are many great surf spots North and South of San Juan Del Sur. Your hostel or surf shop can organize transportation or surfing lessons for you. The photo below was taken at Playa Maderas.
Enjoy the beaches
Even if you don’t surf, still check out the beaches North and South of San Juan Del Sur as they. Playa Maderas, Playa Hermosa and Playa Remanso are worth checking out.
Explore the colourful town by foot
San Juan Del Sur is filled with bright, colourful buildings. You could spend a few hours walking around the town and admiring/photographing them.
Go on a Fishing Trip
Many places in town offer chartered fishing tours. Every person I spoke to that went on one loved it and highly recommended it.
Explore by quad bike
If you want to see San Jual Del Sur in a unique way, why not do it by quad bike. This will be sure to get your
Lots of companies offer sailing tours off the coast of San Juan Del Sur. Many will come with unlimited
Enjoy happy hour
As I said, San Juan Del Sur is famous for it’s party scene, so you can be sure that enjoying happy hour is one of the best things to do. Get a seaside location and enjoy sunset with a cocktail.
If you are looking to learn Spanish, San Juan Del Sur may be one of the best places to base yourself. Spanish classes are offered in town at affordable prices.
If you have wanted to try horseback riding along the beach, you can in San Juan Del Sur. This activity isn’t the best on a backpacker
Recommended length of stay in San Juan Del Sur
San Juan Del Sur is a great place to spend some downtime on your backpacking trip through Central America. Therefore, I recommend staying in San Juan Del Sur for 6 nights, however, you could easily stay here more if you love to party. Many hostels in town offer work for stay programs.
Hostels in San Juan Del Sur
Pacha Mamas: Pacha Mamas is the last and most central Sunday Funday venue. I recommend Pacha Mamas as it is located in town making it easier to get around and see things. There are two Pacha Mama hostels. One is the main one where the party is held and one is smaller and quieter, just only 1 block away. Try and stay in the second one.
Naked Tiger: Is a mansion turned hostel, sitting on the rolling hills of San Juan Del Sur offering an unbeatable view. Naked Tiger is the second Sunday Funday venue. Although out of town, the shuttle makes it easy to get around.
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Getting to and around San Juan Del Sur
If you are coming to San Juan Del Sur from overseas, you would fly into Managua Airport, Nicaragua.
From Managua, you would take a bus to Rivas, then a bus from Rivas to San Juan Del Sur. Alternatively, you could organize a shuttle or get a taxi.
If you’re coming from Granada you would take a bus to Rivas, then a bus from Rivas to San Juan Del Sur.
If you are coming from Costa Rica you would get a bus to Rivas from the border, then a bus to San Juan Del Sur from Rivas.
Once in San Juan Del Sur, most things are within walking distance. To get to the Northern and Southern Beaches, you can arrange a shuttle from one of the surf shops in town for a small fee. Transportation to Sunday Funday is included in your ticket purchase.
Currency in San Juan Del Sur
Nicaraguan Cordoba and US Dollars are accepted in San Juan Del Sur.
Travel Insurance for San Juan Del Sur
Safety in San Juan Del Sur
You should always be
- Avoid flashing your valuables
- Keep an eye on your belongings at all times
- Lock your belongings in the hotel safe
- Remain aware of your surrounding
- Avoid unknown streets at night
- Don’t drink too much
Remember, San Juan Del Sur is a popular party destination. There are people who will be looking for opportunities to take advantage of drunk tourists. Make sure you avoid drinking to much and keep yourself safe.
Language in Nicaragua
The official language in Nicaragua is Spanish. Limited locals will speak English.
Vaccinations for Nicaragua
Check the Travel Doctor website to find out what vaccinations you need when backpacking to Nicaragua. If you have any further questions regarding vaccinations required for Nicaragua, I recommend consulting a doctor.
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