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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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"The spacious rooms are breezy, clean and brightly painted. The staff are friendly, the beds are comfortable, there is access to fast internet service, and the hammocks in the courtyard will surely beckon you to stay awhile. Eat an array of fresh tropical fruit from the trees there while you're at it. And it's right across from the beach and all best the beachfront restaurants. Hostel Esperanza is safe, cheap, fun and relaxing -- a true...
Casa Amarilla Hostel
"… free fishing trips, free internet/Wi-Fi, cable TV, a book exchange, DVD library, free bag storage, kitchen usage, information and maps and no curfew. Dont forget about our in-house Nicaraguan chef, ready to cook you up an amazing dinner! Our small size (we have 5 rooms) allows you to enjoy added security and individual attention while avoid the overwhelming feeling of large hostels; instead, youll feel more at home here. You...
"Wonderful, peaceful stay! - FANTASTIC value for the money! Very clean, quiet, and friendly place. Under new management and it shows! I stayed for 3+ weeks in November and was totally pampered for 26.50 a night (I'm a weak gringa, and like a/c, so paid more. If I hadn't "needed" a/c, I could have had a room for 14.50, inlcuding breakfast!). Lovely rooftop terrace, views of the sea and town. I loved watching the flocks of parrots flying in the...
Hostal Sueños Del Mar
"… gift GABY massage in SPA. We are a few meters from the beach of San Juan del 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...
Casa del Mar
"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 Ecolodge
"… as well as a locker (please bring your own lock). Other available amenities and services: • Breakfast included • Free Wifi • Free access to the TV and computer room (large plasma screen TV with a collection of movies, and computer and Ipad available) • Beautiful and large pool with deckchairs, hammocks and tables • Restaurant and bar • Soft drinks, water refills and snacks on sale at the reception • Eco-Pavilion: information...
Hostel Tadeo San Juan del Sur
"… Family walks Surf Trips Visits to uninhabited beaches Horseback Riding - Horseback riding ($ 15 per person per hour) Horseback Riding on the Beach Horseback Riding by Mountain Trails Walk to see the Sea Turtle Beach 'Flower' In the season of July to January Price: $ 30 per person Please Note: Cancellation policy: 72 h before arrival. In case of a late cancellation or No Show, you will be charged the...
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...
Yajure Surf Hostel
"Nicest hostel with best location in San Juan Del Sur - This place is a mansion that has recently turned into a hostel. The vibe around the place is great. It's close enough to town to walk and eat, yet far enough away if you want some peace and quiet (except for Saturday and Sunday when "The Crazy Crab" is rockin). The place is a good balance of socializing, yet fairly quiet after 11pm. Chelly is a nice guy, but can be somewhat manic. Keep it...
"Iguana Lodge is just the right amount of party and relaxation in San Juan del Sur if you are not looking to go all out. The Location Iguana Lodge is only a short walk from the beach, all of the main bars, and the main shopping and food strip within San Juan Del Sur. Located just up the hill, it has a great view of the ocean from the pool and the main reception area of the property. As it's located right in the heart of the town, it is...
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...
"The Best Place in SJDS - Seriously, the Donkey was the best place I have ever stayed. I was able to visit most of the other hostels of comparable price in SJDS and none of them equaled the Surfing Donkey. It was ridiculously cheap considering the facilities, as well as clean and it is run by some proper legends who make the Surfing Donkey the best place!" … "Great Place to stay! - My friend and I really enjoyed our stay at the Surfing...
Parque Maritimo El Coco
"… to Ostional. As you drive into San Juan del Sur you will notice a cross road leading off to your left with a sign indicating the direction of Parque Marítimo El Coco. This macadam road takes you to Parque Marítimo el Coco within half an hour. During the rainy season we recommend using a four wheel drive vehicle. Buses leave the Managua station at the Roberto Huembes Market for Rivas every hour. From Rivas you can catch the bus to...
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...
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...
"… 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 Action Sports 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...
Planet Waves Nica Guesthouse
"… whilst at the same time on the road out to Maderas, perfect for hitching a ride. There is a common living room with hammocks, common kitchen (free coffee with an Italian caffettiera) also beers and water for sale. 2 double bedrooms with A/C and private bathroom with hot water. 1 bedroom with 2 bunk beds (total 4 people), A/C (one of the few!!) and private bathroom. The Guest House has 24h security helped from my dog...
El Jardin Hotel & Restaurant
"… with all your needs. We facilitate your transportation, by providing airport pick -up, organizing tourist excursions, or simply to get you into town, towards one of the great beaches of the surroundings, or anywhere else you would like to go. We also have a guarded private parking facility, accessible 24 hours a day. We are here to take care of everything and to make your stay is a delightful experience. The El Jardin hotel...
Bahia del Sol Villas & Condominiums
"… to town. Each villa is made up of 2 floors, and each one feature 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, living room, dining room, and kitchen. In the master bedroom there is 1 King size bed, the second bedroom 2 twin size beds, and the third bedroom 1 queen size bed. On the top floor (second floor) the 3 bedrooms are located. The main room with 1 king size bed has its own private bathroom, and the other 2 rooms share a bathroom. The rooms...
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...
Buena Onda Backpackers
Barrio Frente Sur
"Great view! Totally worth the trek - Buena Onda has a fantastic view of the city. It's totally worth the little trek up a hill. Baba and canela are great. The rooms are pretty and huge. The neighborhood the hostel is in is safe. I totally recommend it." … "Quaint, Friendly, Safe and Just Plain Awesome!!!!! - The location, morning view, hammocks, beer, owner hospitality and cleanliness of rooms and bathrooms was all part of the...
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,...
"… drink while taking in stunning ocean bay views? Situated amid San Juan’s vibrant nightlife and restaurant district, and just steps from the deep blue waters of the Pacific Ocean, Hotel Alcazar is your oasis in town. Our multi-lingual staff (English, Spanish, French) will do their best to make your stay as comfortable and pleasant as possible. “ All of our rooms were specially designed and remodeled and have a tropical modern...
"The hotel has 5 nice and comfortable rooms for 2 and 3 persons with fan, wireless internet, tv and a nice terrace. fully redecorated ,also we have communal kitchen where guest can make meal or quick snacks Double rooms have one double bed or two single-person beds. the triple rooms have a double bed and a single-person bed. only two rooms share a bathroom. rooms with wireless internet, TV and fans. sheets and towels provided by hotel."...
Casa Ariki Guest House
"… to the fullest! In addition to comfortable accommodations, Casa Ariki has free Wi-Fi, a common area with boardgames, books and magazines to borrow, a balcony on the second floor with an incredible view of the town's rooftops, free coffee from Matagalpa and 24-hour on-site staff. We also offer laundry service for a small fee. Want to surf, ride horses or view the ocean from the tree tops? No problem! Our staff can set up surf...
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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