Rivas / San Jorge


Rivas / San Jorge

Rivas / San Jorge

The department of Rivas is the southernmost of the Pacific coast of Nicaragua, bordering Costa Rica and is the most visited by tourists. In fact, possesses the post of Peñas Blancas, the country’s busiest border crossing.

It is definitely the department with more tourism attractions. As well as the cities of Rivas, Tola, San Jorge or San Juan del Sur, also the beautiful island of Ometepe belongs to it.

A key surfing in the country where the true lovers of this sport spend long stays location. The beaches of San Juan del Sur are very popular and appreciated by them.

The same beaches are during specific times of the year, instead of thousands of turtles nesting adorning the peaceful sea to reach them. Unrivaled natural spectacle.


Calle de Rivas. Autor: jessicadally

As if you traveled in time, the city of Rivas opens to you with their imperfect streets, crowded, carriages, fruit stands, taxi-bikes, spices, hawkers, beggars, noise … hot! Have you ever imagined life would be like in a medieval town? Take a stroll through the market Rivas and more shopping area around the bus station.

This city of some 30,000 habitants, is the capital of the department and as such acts of commercial and administrative center. This condition gives dynamism and colorful, but also noise and condensation.

A part of its central park, Evaristo Carazo, the church of San Pedro, with dimensions of cathedral nineteenth and its Museum of Anthropology, Rivas offers no monuments of great importance. You can highlight some stately mansions, belonging to former Presidents. Curiously, this city will point gave birth to nine presidents.

In the city there are many restaurants, canteens and some lodges where you can sleep at good prices. It is good place to rest and use as static base for visiting nearby.

*Useful phones*Major: 25633418

Cruz Roja: 25633415

Hospital: 25633615

National Police: 25633311

Firefighters: 25633732



Getting to the city of Rivas, located 109 km south of Managua, it’s easy. It can be made from the north by road from Managua southward and extending to Costa Rica, or the south on the same road and coming from the neighboring country.

It can also be reached by boat from the island of Ometepe and entering the port of San Jorge.

If you want to reach by bus from Managua, to be taken from the bus stop Roberto Huembes market.


Playa de San Jorge. Autor: jessicadally

Although this population played an important role in the history of Nicaragua, today is a stopping place for tourists and visitors who come and go from Ometepe.

The port is the busiest place of the town and since he constantly ferries and boats to the island of Ometepe, landing at the port of Moyogalpa, a mere 40 minutes away.

Note: If you want to ship a vehicle to Ometepe, reservation site on the boat before and can not be done from a different country boat.

On the way to the ferry pier is passed by the “Cross of Spain”. A discreet monument in half arch remains half hidden by the trees and it is hard to see, but mentioned that recalls one important fact: in 1522, at which point the Spanish conquistador Gil Gonzalez Davila and met Chief Nicarao which probably gave name to the country. Following this meeting, converted to Catholicism over a thousand Indian warriors. Such an event formally listed as the first act of occupation of Spain in Nicaragua. A few meters we find a statue of St. George slaying the dragon, as legend tells. From this time also date his two churches, St. George and La Merced, listed as one of the oldest colonial buildings that remain standing Nicaragua.

Along the pier find the beach of San Jorge, freshwater and spectacular volcanoes on the island views. On weekends and date indicated, as at Easter, we will find it busy. Several local food restaurants and music bars with reggaeton encourage the place that although beautiful, little awareness to keep it clean, makes it inhospitable.

*Useful phones*Major: 25634611

Sea port: 25634617

National Police: 25634611