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About San Juan del Sur
San Juan Del Sur is surfer central, located on the southwest Pacific coast of Nicaragua. The town caters to tourists, so there is a great range of food and shopping on offer as well as a great range of tours and activities including surfing, snorkeling, and sailing tours -- and if you are here at the right time, you can also see turtles nesting.
Because of the town's popularity with tourists, there is something to suit everyone. If you want to be in the centre of town within walking distance to the beach at San Juan and close to the shuttles and tours that can take you to the other nearby beaches, there are options for San Juan Del Sur hostels ranging from quieter to a more party-friendly vibe, all within a couple of blocks of the beach. If you want to be out of town but still close to town, there are many San Juan Del Sur hostels that have their own bar and pool and restaurants that are on the outskirts of town. Some of these San Juan Del Sur hostels also offer free shuttles to and from town. Do avoid carrying valuables with you if you choose to walk to town from these San Juan Del Sur hostels, though.
The best beaches are out of town, so why not choose accommodation right on the beach at Playa Maderas and Playa Hermosa? This is a good option if you want to get as much surfing in as possible without the hassle of being shuttled to and from town everyday. Whatever you are looking for there is an option for you.
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"Good hotel - Everything about this place was great. Except there was no wifi for the whole time we were there; and after the first night there was a scheduled power outage in the whole town. This meant no fans, my advice for would be to purchase a generator like most other people in town ... But apart from that everything else was excellent!" … "Wonderful, peaceful stay! - FANTASTIC value for the money! Very clean, quiet, and friendly...
Surfing Donkey Hostel
"Surfing Donkey is a well-set-up, economical, and lively hostel in a good location in San Juan Del Sur. The Location San Juan Del Sur is a relatively small town on the southern part of the Pacific coast of Nicaragua. To get there, you will probably find yourself changing buses in the town of Rivas, about an hour-and-a-half away. Surfing Donkey is about a five-minute walk away from where the bus leave you. Given the size of San Juan Del...
Corck's Beach Hostel
"My New Year reservations got double booked!!! - I absolutely don't recommend this place. I made reservations a month and a half in advance for 30 december, and when we showed up our room had been given to someone else who was ready to pay double the price because of the New Year celebrations. No other room was available, and we didn't get reimbursed right away. The owner of the place was very rude and unaccommodating. We then had to walk...
"Casa Maderas is a business that resembles more of a luxurious hotel rather than the backpackers' typical hostel. It's an ideal place to peacefully relax away from San Juan Del Sur’s party scene. The Location As the name suggests, Casa Maderas is located very close to Playa Maderas (about three meters from the beach). However, to get the beach you will have to go up and down a relatively steep hill, which can be quite demanding with a...
Hostel Tadeo San Juan del Sur
"Hostel Tadeo San Juan del Sur is a proper hostel with all necessary facilities. Hostel Tadeo is not a party hostel, it's more a quiet place to enjoy yourself amid the relaxing surroundings. Here you get good value for your money and can have a proper breakfast. The Location Hostel Tadeo is located a block away form the beach road. If you are at the beach, you walk toward the town center and then just turn right and you are there. So you...
Hostel los March
"… one of them with private bathroom. The rooms have air conditioning and fans. All rooms are well-maintained. Hostel los March policies & conditions: Check-in time starts at 12 pm. Check-out time is 11 am. Payment types accepted at this property: cash, credit card and debit card. This property may pre-authorize your card before arrival. Cancellation policy: 72 hours before arrival. Taxes included....
Hostal Javier's House sjs
"… hospital is just 2 blocks away. Our rooms are very comfortable with wooden windows, shared and private bathrooms, ceramic floors,ceiling,mirror,TV, high power fan and town, garden or mountain view. Hostal Javier's House sjs Policies and Conditions: Check in from 13:00 to 23:00 . Check out before 11:00 . Cancellation policy: 48 hours before arrival. Payment upon arrival by cash. Taxes not included - 15% Taxes...
"Hostel Esperanza is located next to the small beach of the town, where you can go for a swim and relax on the beach. The Location Right next to the beach, there are a lot of bars and restaurants. A supermarket, tour operators, food places, and shopping places are around the corner. So basically you are very centrally located. The hostel offers a big front porch with tables and chairs and also benches. From these you can see whats...
Naked Tiger Hostel
"… levels from the house to the pool also provide guests with endless places to relax or socialize. The hostel has a full bar so you can enjoy drinks into the night for the cheapest prices in town. Hangover Happy Hour: 9-10 am 40 Cordoba Bloody Mary's 20 Cordoba Beers Sunset Happy Hour: 5-7 pm 20 Cordoba Beers 25 Cordoba Rum & Cokes Shuttle: From, Barrio Cafe: 08:10-15, 10:15, 12:15, 14:15, 16:15, 18:15, 20:15,...
"Casa Oro is a well-established hostel based in the town centre of San Juan Del Sur that offers many different tours and beach shuttles. The Location The hostel is in the main town area, which can get a little noisy at times, but the location is good for its close proximity to the beach and many bars and restaurants. The bus stop is also only a couple of blocks away outside the market with services to Rivas and Managua. Rooms and...
"Hostel Pachamama is in the prime location in San Juan Del Sur and is one of the most popular party hostels. The Location Pachamama is located quite centrally in San Juan del Sur and is close to the main beach and the main strip with all of the bars to party in of a nighttime. It is also only a short distance from the main street, where you can find all of the restaurants, food, and other amenities that you might need during your stay...
Hostal Sueños Del Mar
"… Sur, where you can search from restaurants, ice cream parlors, bars, nightclubs or casinos near our hostel have the municipal market where you can find clothing stores, cafeterias for breakfast or lunch and buy fruit. We have security guards 24 hours a day. We hope you decide to stay with us and have a pleasant stay with a national team, with whom you can share, our culture, traditions and everything you need to know in our country...
Yajure Surf Hostel
"I think the owner Chely stole 600 dollars out of my bag - My friend and I left to go surfing for the day, and when we got back our money from our bags was missing (we were in a private room). We asked Chely if he knew anything about it and he got very angry and defensive and said we did not have to pay. After we left I received a few texts from chely threatening that he was going to come find us ..." … "Don't give your money to these...
Hostal Tres Hermanos
"Hostal Tres Hermanos is a surfer’s paradise -- especially the ones who want to get away from the partying scene of San Juan Del Sur, have a full day and an early night, and get up in time to walk about fifteen meters and catch the best waves. The Location Los Tres Hermanos is situated right on the beach of Playa Maderas. Getting there can be a bit tricky if you don’t have your own means of transport. Most visitors come from San Juan Del...
Hostal Ola Italiana
"Hostal Ola Italiana is quite a different alternative to most hostels in San Juan Del Sur. It's quiet and a bit further away from where all the action is, so a good night’s sleep is guaranteed for one of the best prices you will find in town. The Location This hotel is located a bit of the beaten path, but at the same time close enough to everything. It is just behind the central market and very close to the health centre. The bus stop...
Sunrise Beach Hostel
"Sunrise Beach Hostel is located three blocks from the beach of San Juan del Sur, offers an atmosphere of tranquility, outside of the noisy atmosphere that offers our beautiful port the rooms have private bathrooms, we offer single, double and bedrooms, kitchen available for guests, a computer to use internet free or free wi-fi, laundry service, very attentive staff to serve them, is a very safe and the reception is open 24 hours, will be a...
Iguana Lodge - San Juan
300m East of the beach
Casa De Olas
"… more discerning backpacker and budget travelers who are looking to find an oasis of luxury at affordable prices.Australian couple Fred and Carla are your hosts bringing a wealth of knowledge from their native land with a long resume in the hotel and restaurant industry.We have a number of different dorm rooms ranginf from 3 bunks to 5. All have ensuite bathroom. We also have all femal dorm options available.Breakfast is included...
Parque Maritimo El Coco
"… on a hill and offer sea views. All have air condition, ceiling fan and private bathroom. El Coco's beachfront restaurant serves local and international dishes and offers wonderful ocean views. The on-site tour desk can arrange activities including horse riding and boat trips. You can see rare sea turtles on the beach at La Flor Turtle Refuge, just a 5-minute drive away. Please note: Check in: 3.00 pm Check out: 12:00...
Hostal Brisas y Olas
"Hostal Brisas y Olas is a two floors building.Ideal for couples, groups of friends or families. Hostal Brisas y Olas has a living room and a terrace for each floor, 24 h reception and satellite TV located in ground floor. Hostal Brisas y Olas has 8 bedrooms, all with private bathrooms. We have 2 double bedrooms with air conditioning, 5 double bedrooms, 2 twin bedrooms and 1 triple bedroom. Please note: Cancellation policy: 72h...
Sunset Guest House
"Sunset Guest House, is a little place to stay, where you will feel part of our family atmosphere in a local. Sunset Guest house offers basic rooms at a good price, for travelers who want to pay a lot less and you can feel a totally Nicaragua, we are a family willing to make them feel good, in addition you can feel free and safe to do any activity that provides our beautiful port, everything is included,fan, towels. sheets, use wifi, our...
Casa Ariki Guest House
"Good accommodations in San Juan Del Sur - I enjoyed my two nights at this guest house. The check-in was efficient. My room was clean, quiet, and comfortable. The shared bathroom was cleaned everyday. The shower had good pressure. The location is away from the party area of town. The internet was good. I used the kitchen and they had a full range of pots, pans, plates, and glasses. I would definitely stay here in the future." …...
La Terraza Guest House
"A Gem - This is a great place. It is right in the middle of everything. I could walk to the beach, nightlife, and restaurants. This place was clean and comfortable. The huge balcony with the hammock was so relaxing. LOVED it." … "… is the right place for everyone. The amenities, the views and the location make this guesthouse perfect for everyone from backpackers and surfers to families or honeymooners. If comfortable, spacious...
"… affordable rates for our private rooms. Our rooms have private bathroom; there is internet Wi-Fi service throughout the hotel, satellite TV, etc. Definitely, it's a comfortable guesthouse with the best location, just 100 meters from the beach! It is a safe and clean guesthouse with the only noise of the ocean wave! Please note : Cancellation policy: 72h before arrival. In case of a late cancellation or No Show, you will...
Lazy Jakes Guesthouse
"… and snack bar. Lazy Jakes can arrange surf lessons and multi-day camps. The day camps can be customized to include accommodation and meals to make your stay relaxed and care-free. Please enquire for more information. The following items are available: complimentary coffee/tea and toast, portable DVD player and movies, book exchange, massage (based on availability), laundry service, snack bar and beach towels available...
Surf Ranch Hotel & Resort
"… park, jungle paintball course, tower drop into a huge inflatable airbag, world class restaurant & bar, swimming pool & swim up bar, poolside cabanas, villas and penthouse condos. The Surf Ranch offers many extreme sports and activities such as surfing, skateboarding, catamaran sailing, fishing, yoga, scuba diving, paintball, rockclimbing and more. Whether you are looking for an adventure or to just simply get away and relax, the...
Bahia del Sol Villas & Condominiums
"… in the kitchen, the maid gives you this service once in the day, and extra dish-washings will be added to your bill at each time you request it. The first materials or supplies such as purified water bottle, paper towels, matches and toilet paper are included in the fee for the first time, if you want a second extra bottle of purified water, extra paper towels or extra toilet paper, they will be charged to your bill. If you...
Buena Onda Backpackers
Barrio Frente Sur
"Don't stay here -- rude owner, bats in room - Pros -- nice view. Cons -- rude owner; bats in room (open concept, windows without shutters, space between roof and walls); expect to wake at the crack of dawn to the sound of every dog in the neighbourhood barking for hours, joined in by a choir of roosters constantly reminding you of how early it is; bad part of town; zero water pressure. We were going to deal with the noise, the bad location...
Hotel Irish House
"Wonderful, clean, safe and friendly hostel close to the beach - We spent five days at Hotel Irish and all of our needs were taken care of. This hostel is the best bargain you'll find in San Juan for a private room with a/c. The staff was incredibly helpful and always available. We'll be back!" … "Best place in town - very nice hotel and friendly people, rooms big and comfortable with air con, kitchen, wifi, tv, safe in the room,...
Maracuya San juan del sur
"… a comfortable hotel with six rooms where you can relax and enjoy the hospitality of our staff. We have privates rooms, all rooms have private bath, TV, fan, wifi and you have the choice to pay a little more if you want air conditioning. The hotel has 24 hrs security and parking. We also have a nice terrace with a nice pergola, here we served breakfast to our customers and also you can enjoy a cold beer or a bottle of wine watching...
Maracuya san juan del sur
"… have the choice to pay a little more if you want air conditioning. The hotel has 24 hrs security and parking. We also ha Accommodation We have doublé rooms, triples, quadruples and family rooms. All the rooms have fan, tv, private bathrooms and the breakfast is included. Services and activities pérgola in a terrace overlooking the town garden and hammocks balcony breakfast included snack bar Surroundings Beach,restaurants,...
Barrio Café Hotel
"… and activities. Just one block from the gorgeous San Juan del Sur bay, you will experience the flavor of San Juan, its traditional foods, beautiful beaches and lively people. At the Hotel Azul Pitahaya, your comfort and happiness are our first priority. Each of our rooms comes furnished with comfortable beds, televison, air conditioning and hot water. Rates include WiFi service Barrio Cafe restaurant, considered one of...
"… a large furnished balcony and a spacious shower room with luxuriant raindrop showerhead. After a day exploring the areas numerous beaches, surfing, doing yoga or a night hitting the towns bars, relax in front of your flat screen TV or access the Internet with our complimentary Wi-Fi service. Why not escape the heat with a refreshing dip in the pool or chill out on the balcony with a cool drink while taking in stunning ocean bay...
San Juan del Sur Travel Tips & Suggestions
You will fall in love with San Juan del Sur.
I love it here, but the beach looks nice but water is in fact very dirty. Do not swim if you have any cuts or bruises and shower directly after your swim. I have had a very bad experience with this. Just go to the north side of the beach and look into the dirty creek that runs into the ocean -- where do you think the waste water ends up?
The people there are fantastic! I can't wait to move there someday!
While traveling, we stopped in San Juan del Sur for the night. That was nine years ago and we are still here! The friendliest people in all of Central America can be found here. The town is lively or laid back, whichever you prefer, and the beaches outside of town are spectacular.
I love San Juan del Sur. My parents used to take me since I was a little kid, so I have very nice memories. I know as a grown-up girl, I still I love to go there -- I just went two weeks ago to Semana Santa, such a beautiful beach.
Many trips already and many returns in the future to this, the only "fun" town in all of Nicaragua that I've found in all my four years of traveling there. I love it. But I do realize that I have to be in the mood for it -- terrific surfing, $4 fish dinners (expensive for Nicaragua), kids selling trinkets, and loud dance clubs. When in the mood for this fun loving town, it's the best place on earth. The tourists leave port and go to Granada, and they can have it. There's not a bad place to stay in the whole town and prices can range from $6 per night to $190 per night. Remember that you are in Nicaragua, not Costa Rica. Soak it up, notice how gentile the people are, and how they smile when you look them in the eye. Try the language no matter how bad. Live slowly and absorb it.
San Juan Del Sur is a pleasant place for people to relax.
I love San Juan del Sur! I meant to stay for two or three days and stayed two weeks. I can't wait to go back. Remember to budget in five dollars a day to get to the nice beaches, and maybe another $5 to $10 for a surf board or boogie board.
San Juan Del Sur is very dirty. The beach is swim at your own risk -- when I went swimming there I remember baby diapers and condoms washing up. I lived in San Juan Del Sur for months and made a lot of amazing friends, but if you are looking for beautiful waters it's best to go elsewhere.
I have been to San Juan Del Sur three times already this year and I am going back for Christmas. If you want to have a good time and see a lot of good looking Spanish girls gone kind of wild, then make sure you are there between the 24 of December until New Year's -- I think you will have a good time.
I love San Juan, we had a blast! It's a nice little town, with friendly people. Great atmosphere, come and visit.
I was extremely unimpressed by the town of San Juan del Sur. I agree that the beach is pretty, but other than that the citizens were unfriendly and very boring. I love Nicaragua, but I would skip San Juan and go to the much more cultured town of Granada.
San Juan del Sur is relaxed, beautiful and the people are lovely. There is a variety of budget and higher end hotels, as well as dozens of local and international-style restaurants.
I love San Juan Del Sur. What a beautiful village! If you like to relax and be yourself, that is the place to be. See you, San Juan-- I'll be back in a year!
San Juan Del Sur is the most beautiful town I've ever seen - along with the most kind, generous, and friendly people. Anyone who says anything negative about the people must not have given them a chance. I couldn't believe how patient everyone was with my rusty Spanish! Make sure to bring how a couple bottles of Flor de Cana, the Nicaraguan brand of Rum, WAY better than anything we get in the States!
I love San Juan, the people there, the food, bars, and everything. It's also really cheap. I recommend going to Casa Oro and ask for Don Crisanto the owner of the place... a very friendly man who can teach French. And also go to Bahia Majagual... another beach near San Juan. The owner Paul is a man who sold everything he had and bought a property on the beach and live his dream... And as he says "if you never ever go, you will never ever know."
I visited San Juan del Sur five years ago and fell in love with the tiny fishing village so much that I actually moved here from Washington DC!!! Check it out! You won't be disappointed.
I have been to San Juan on a numerous ocassions. First time I went to relax, second to learn Spanish... I will soon be moving there to spend the rest of my life there. I love the people, the culture, and the food. The surf is great too.
I just came back with my family from San Juan Del Sur. We only spent the day there, but slept in Granada which is only one hour ago. If you want to visit San Juan for just one day I recommend sleeping in Granada, good rates a nice places to stay at. I will surely come back to San Juan Del Sur.
Beautiful sunsets, good bars, colorful locals, and general chaos make San Juan Del Sur special. It's basically a charming little fishing village that is becoming a tourist destination. You can surf, fish, bicycle, hike, or my favorite: enjoy the bar scene.
San Juan Del Sur was actually a disappointment when I visited it about three years ago. The beach was dirty, the food tasteless and expensive (by Central American standards), and the first people I spoke to, workers in a small hotel, were rude and unhelpful. I was planning to spend a week or two in the town, kicking back and studying Spanish, but I bailed after the second day, totally unimpressed. However, I like -- no I love -- Nicagarua overall, and plan to return for a third time in the near future. I may even give San Juan del Sur a second chance, but I'll split real fast if things haven't improved.
San Juan del Sur is wonderful for anyone who likes beaches, drinks, good people, and good food.
San Juan's a lovely little town with a couple of nice bars and to be honest you'd have to be crazy not to fall in love with the place!
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