Small village close to the borders with typical surfing vibe, living beach and beautiful surrounding – that’s how we would describe San Juan del Sur. Our village for one week 😉
Being accomodated in a hostel with really welcoming and friendly staff, we started our visit here with a dive in the fresh pacific waters and checking our surrounding on the map. We figured that the easiest way to get around will be by car – so we rented one for a couple of days 😉 It took as to many different places:
Beaches surrounding San Juan del Sur (those we visited or tried to)
Playa Hermosa (South) – our favorite one, with entrance fee of 3$, but has some restaurants, restrooms and most important: small shelters with shade for everyone . Great also for surf beginners since it is wide enough and everyone can find its own spot to fight with the waves 😉
Playa el Yanke (South) – we don’t know how it is, because our 4WD (NOT!) Suzuki Swift didn’t take us there 😀 😀
Playa el Coco ( South) – beautiful, looooong, calm beach, ideal when you want to be alone, with a small restaurant
Playa Madera (North) – great surfing spot for locals, but little bit tough for us beginners, since there is not that much space without rocks, still beautiful beach.
Playa Marsella ( North) – this one is really nice, sleepy beach – not for surfing but more for chilling and swimming 😉
Spanish colonization era town, located next to the lake Nicaragua with some typical spanisch churches, restaurants, bars and nice, vivid park in the middle of the town.
Two volcanos sitting in the middle of the lake, that’s Ometepe island. Ometepe island is approx. 30km long and reachable by boat, Ometepe even produces the greatest banana chips we ever had 😉 According to information from locals, there are a bull sharks living in this lake, hmmmmm….
So all together, this was a really nice, unplanned stay in Nicaragua, generally it was really safe, people wonderful, smiling and always nice to us (even army guys). We would recommend to visit this part of Nicaragua and hopefully get back one day.
And now we are back in Costa Rica – Pacific Cost (Guanacaste) is awaiting us 😉