San Juan Del Sur bay is located about 130 km South East of Managua city on the shore of the beautiful Pacific Ocean. San Juan del Sur is a small town on the coast of the Pacific where you can meet the local people and form strong, lasting bonds of friendship. Historically a fishing village, it is now attracting local and foreign visitors, and many have decided to stay beyond their vacations to continue enjoying the beaches, sights and surf of this great travel destination. The town offers spectacular views and breathtaking sunsets across the bay making it the perfect setting for delicious fresh seafood and a drink at any one of the numerous beachfront restaurants.
The town’s clean and safe streets are filled with tourists and locals, many colorful street vendors offering a variety of handcrafts and souvenirs. It is without a doubt the most visited beach in Nicaragua and makes a great hub for day trips to the countries most beautiful beaches and best surf breaks, most of which lay within a 15 mile radius of San Juan!.
San Juan and the surrounding beaches make for the perfect destination for water sports, such as, surfing, jet skiing, fishing, diving, and snorkeling. It also serves as a port for the many cruise ships that arrive on a weekly basis during peak season. San Juan del Sur is a favorite spot for fishermen and avid water sport lovers. Its deep waters and wide variety of sea life make it an ideal place for all types of fishing and is know internationally for its abundance of large species of game fish.
Hotels and Vacation rentals
San Juan del Sur has a wide variety of hotels, rental properties and homes that can accommodate your plans, whether they be for one weekend, one month or the rest of your life. Depending on your plans and length of your stay you can find plenty of choices. Hotel room prices range from $60 to $ 160 dollars (plus tax) per night in prime location hotels while more economical locations that are suited to backpackers and university students can be found for under $10 per night. Most hotels include breakfast and other amenities.
Renting a private house can also be a great option for you and your group if you want to be able to walk to a surf break or are just looking to find a secluded beach to be enjoyed from the privacy of a beautiful home, condo or villa.
San Juan del Sur Hotels
Bahia del Sol:
Villas and Condominiums are within walking distance of the beach in the best residential neighborhood in San Juan del Sur with spectacular views of the bay. Bahia del Sol offers villas for rent by the day, week, or month all of them fully equipped.
The two story villas are the epitome of luxury and space. Three bedrooms, 2.5 baths, a big dining table and large terraces let large families or a group of friends spend time together with comfort and privacy. The complex includes a private pool and full hotel service.
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Pelican Eyes, Piedras y Olas:
Located on the hills of San Juan del Sur, Pelican Eyes offers1 and 2 bedroom villas with great views. The Villas have kitchens, air conditioning, television, hot water, filtered water, and private terraces. There are 3 pools and 2 restaurants on the expansive property. Villas sleep 2-6 people and range from $130-$250/night including breakfast.
Casa Blanca is a very popular location in San Juan del Sur because of its great location and moderate pricing. Located right across the street from the beach the location boasts a relaxing patio, courtyard, and pool. Air conditioning, hot water, television, and mini fridges are included all rooms. Some rooms can accommodate up to 6 people. Rates start at 65$ for a single, $69 for a double, and $79 for a triple.
Park Avenue Villas
Newly built apartment and hotel suites located two blocks up the hill from the beach towards the north end of town. All rooms have private bathrooms, air conditioning, kitchens, hot water, television, and storage space. Enjoy the courtyard pool and communal ocean view balcony. Single rooms, double rooms, and suites are available. Long term renters are welcome. Nightly $65-$150, Weekly $225-$525, Monthly $675-$1600.
Villas de Palermo
Villas de Palermo is a new resort/hotel/development about 5 min. outside of town. Villas are fully equipped and have 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, kitchens, air conditioning, and television. The well known “Tercer Ojo” from Granada has just opened their second location in the Villas Club House and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. There is a communal pool and lounge area with incredible views of the valley and the ocean. Villas start at $150/night plus tax.
Morgan's Rock Hacienda & Ecolodge is more than just a hotel. It is a project of nature conservation, community development and reforestation offering Agro- and Ecotourism at its best. The hacienda is located just north of San Juan del Sur, about a 45-minute drive from the Costa Rican border and two hours from the colonial city of Granada in southern Nicaragua. Endowed with a private, white-sanded beach visited by sea turtles to lay their eggs, the hacienda also hosts its own primary tropical dry forest ecosystem.
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Hacienda Iguana Golf and Beach Resort
Hacienda Iguana Golf and Beach Resort offers a new and unique living, vacationing and golfing experience all set within one of the most beautiful spots of the Nicaraguan Pacific shoreline. Aside from great golf, you can enjoy one of Nicaragua’s most breathtaking sandy beaches recognized internationally as one of the best surf break points in the Pacific. The new 9 hole golf course has recently opened and is Nicaragua’s first golf facility near the Pacific coast. The resort features a variety of fully furnished and equipped condos, villas, townhouses at beach front or golf course view are available for sale and vacation rental at preferential rates to customers opting for golf packages. The hacienda style beach front bed and breakfast is also available. Coming soon, Don Eloy´s Bar and Restaurant.
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Bank branch offices are found in San Juan del Sur as well as many Internet Cafes and Internet phone services; surfing tours and lessons; libraries; book exchanges; laundry service; beachwear; real estate agents; boat rentals, bicycles, surfboards, boogie boards, motorcycles, ATV and 4x4 vehicles.
Banks and ATM Services
- BAC located at the Casa Blanca Hotel (ATM only)
- BDF Bank on the south end of the beach front road.
- Banco Pro Credit is in the center of town by the market.
- Bancentro, located on the main road into town by Marie’s Bar and Big Wave Dave’s.
- ATM machines are open 24 hours a day.
- Western Union money wiring service located on the Pro Credit Bank offices.
- There are four ATM machines in San Juan del Sur. All of them dispense Nicaraguan Cordobas and U.S. dollars in multiples of $20.
- Most accounts will only allow you to withdraw $300 per day so plan ahead if you are going to need a large sum of cash.
Activities in San Juan del Sur
There are a lot of things to do in San Juan del Sur, especially for those who seek adventurous sports like surfing or fishing, but the town also offers other kinds of activities such as: sun bathing, hiking, boogie-boarding, diving, snorkeling and sailing. There is an abundance of tours offered in town, at reasonable rates.
The most popular activity in town is surfing, making San Juan del Sur a popular destination for tourists from around the world. The most popular and easily accessible surfing beach by San Juan del Sur is Playa Maderas, where both beginners and experts can find great waves. Playa Maderas offers some of the best breaking waves that hit Nicaragua, usually breaks best at medium to high tide. Another option for surfing in San Juan del Sur is Playa El Yankee, which is approximately 30 minutes south of town by auto and is also best on a medium to high tide. Playa El Yankee is much less frequented than Playa Maderas.