San Juan del Sur

San Juan del Sur

San Juan del Sur


San Juan del Sur has become in recent years one of the most visited destinations in Nicaragua without doubt a reference point for surfers, beach and party. Located 141 kilometers from the capital, well connected and easily accessible, San Juan del Sur is presented picturesque, multicultural and young.

San Juan del Sur is a box of surprises in an interesting mix of sun and beach, night, people around the world and local traditions. Talks on the beach and between tables of the bars and restaurants in the area can discover great new friends.

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The arrival of tourism has not diminished its strong own identity today, this traditional fishing village has become a clearinghouse of ideas and people, unique in Central America. The international community that inhabits it is very large.



San Juan del Sur grows between two hills, on the banks of a beautiful horseshoe-shaped bay. Its beach, suitable for swimming but that comes and goes with the tides, usually crowded by local youths playing baseball or football, for tourists walking around and taking pictures, or by surfers.



At the end of the bay, the remains of a suspension bridge across the river takes you to the neighborhood of the Talanguera. From here begins the ascent to the hill north end of the bay, crowned by a monumental Christ the Redeemer which offers views that are well worth the effort to climb.


Although the architectural appearance is almost nonexistent, a golden historical past is perceived in the Victorian houses seawall. They were built during the time of the Transit Route, or Ruta del Oro, linking New York to California, to transport those who ventured to go in search of gold. The boats reached the Atlantic coast and sailed the Rio San Juan, crossed the lake Cocibloca and then passengers arriving by train to San Juan, where shipped to California.



Total one-month trip, if that if they did overland across the United States, they accounted for three-month journey, the risk of losing their lives in the continuing clashes with the Indians. It was the first canal of America.


Tourism in San Juan del Sur is high, on the beach there are several food stalls, restaurants, bars and places of drinks. The offer is varied and something for all tastes and budgets. International food abounds, pizzerias and restaurants of people around the world have been integrated into the community of San Juan del Sur. For lovers of the native, many beach restaurants offer delicious typical and fresh seafood dishes.


If your pocket is a little smaller and prefer to eat cheap, you will find hawker food down the street at affordable prices, but these are missing health monitoring, which do not recommend them. Instead, there are local restaurants that for a little more money, you can eat well at reasonable prices.


If what you want is to sleep in San Juan del Sur there is also a wide range of lodgings and hotels. In our guide you will find all the options available and those that are most recommended. They come in all price ranges, from accommodation where you can sleep in a bedroom cheap to large hotels where you can enjoy spacious rooms with all the luxuries you need.


Recently it has begun to expand the Port of the municipality, an important entry point for cruise tourists arriving in the town. And it is that San Juan del Sur is becoming a very important harbor cruises, both nationally and throughout Central America.

In the port of San Juan del Sur, disembarking every year thousands of tourists visiting the city and surrounding areas for a day and then continue their journey to the next destination. Cruise tourism is quick and fast, but is rolled into the city and arriving every day, revolutionize this coastal town.



In San Juan del Sur visitors will find a wide range of services and activities to be undertaken, mostly related to the sea. The offer is varied and the city will find several companies intended to meet your vacation needs.

Surfing is perhaps one of the activities of San Juan’s most popular south. In the area there are beaches for all levels and is a perfect place to learn and spend a few days surfing place. There are several surf schools aimed at this and many tourists come here to perform this activity.

You can go swimming, fishing, diving, sailing, jet skiing, fly boarding, whale and dolphin watching, surfing, private yacht tours, canoppy, horseback riding, yoga and spa, language schools, parachuting … and great nightlife.

Another popular activity are turtles. During the spawning season, you can see many of them on the beaches. Mainly in Playa La Flor. Where there is a wildlife refuge designed to protect and preserve the wildlife and where spectacular tours are conducted.

The site, prepared for it, is a natural attraction unsurpassed throughout Central America. If your trip coincides with the massive arrival of turtles, let not miss the opportunity to see this natural spectacle like no other. That if you follow the instructions of the park rangers, do not alter the cycle of them and, above all, they are respectful of nature.

The festivities in San Juan del Sur

During Holy Week the city is full of party and people, both foreign and domestic, if you are in the area during those dates and you like to party, it is an excellent opportunity. The beach becomes a huge massive party and meet people from everywhere.

The festivities are given in honor of San Juan Bautista, around June 23, the shortest of the year and one of the nights most holidays has worldwide, in some cultures night is said to be the night witches, in other celebrated with fireworks … If you’re traveling by that date, San Juan del sur is highly recommended to visit.

Other festivities held are the Christmas and New Year’s Eve day. As in all destinations, both dates are celebrated with great enthusiasm all over the world, so you’ll find a variety of offers to celebrate. Of course, keep in mind that by that time the place was crowded, so we suggest you make a reservation in advance at hotels.

Also, you should keep in mind that prices during Christmas and New Year as well as during Easter vary by the high demand of the tourist destination. So you should not bother you if you see that everything has become more expensive, because the rooms of hotels and lodgings are rapidly depleted. The best option here is to make a reservation well in advance and secure place to enjoy these special dates.



Getting around San Juan del Sur is simple and you do it on foot, the village is small and very safe, with no need to use taxi services to scroll through it.

San Juan del Sur is the perfect place from which municipality from several days discovering its numerous beaches, located in two large blocks, the northern beaches of the town and the southern beaches. They have two main access roads and you can reach them with any of the transport companies that are dedicated to it.


Taxis are usually a widely used resource to move to nearby beaches and there is a stipulated for this rate, which most taxi drivers take advantage of the situation and charge real atrocities tourists who do not know the relationship of the price of transport .

Our advice to move: Ask the price prior to the reception or lodging where you’re sleeping, they always will help you to go where you want and enjoy your holiday in the best way possible. Also, often they will recommend transport companies and taxis using established rates.


If you prefer to discover on your own, there are many companies intended to hire bikes or other vehicles in San Juan del Sur. The best and the most recommended are getting in our directory companies offering activities and services. All of them comply with legal requirements and safety to work and develop tourism activities.

If you have to move to the city of Rivas the best option is to use the shared taxis that are at the stop, on Main Street. They will charge you $ 50C and, as fill, go direct to the city. There are always several unemployed who await guests in and out in their turn, it will be much cheaper and is absolutely secure.



Useful Phone

* Mayor: 25682383

* National Police: 25682382

* Port: 25682398


To arrive by bus from Managua you can do with buses leaving from the Mercado Roberto Huembes, and also can take buses leaving Rivas market. Although it is best to use shared taxis. They are near the City Market.

If coming from the south, from the border post of Peñas Blancas there are vehicles that continually travel to San Juan del Sur, if you do not use the buses, you must negotiate the fare with the carrier.

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