Are you ready to go to San Juan del Sur? San Juan del Sur is a municipality and coastal town on the Pacific Ocean, in the Rivas department in southwest Nicaragua. It is located 140 kilometres (87 mi) south of Managua. San Juan del Sur is popular among surfers and is a vacation spot for many Nicaraguan families and foreign tourists. Its urban center has a complete and diversified tourist offer, while in the rural area one can practice surf, fishing, whale watch, canopy, yoga, horseback rides and other sports. Its religious festivities are celebrated in honor of San Juan Bautista and the ‘Virgen del Carmen’, on June 24th and July 16th respectively.
This is the obligatory stopover of almost every traveler seeking for relaxation and lots of surfing on unspoilt beaches. The majority of these beaches are located throughout the municipality, including the most famous ones: Marsella, Maderas, Majagual, La Flor, El Ostional, El Coco, Las Salinas, El Astillero and El Yankee. Some of them have hotels, private houses or communities offering lodging options.San Juan del Sur is a pleasant place to vacation with local Nicaraguans mixing it up with tourists, some of whom now call the area their home. Travellers are coming to San Juan del Sur from all over the globe including Europeans and Americans.
A statue of the Christ of the Mercy sits above town on the northern end of the bay. The Mirador del Cristo de la Misericordia sits at on one of the highest points on the bay and is one of the tallest Jesus statue in the world.
There are many brightly colored houses which land on every tourist’s camera but that’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to San Juan del Sur’s beauty. The waterfront is a joy and small boats bob at anchor in the harbor as pelicans swoop down to perch on their bows. The walk up to the cross overlooking the harbor is an arduous 20-minute trek, but the vistas of the harbor are spectacular. A zip-line canopy tour can get you up into the treetops, and spider monkeys and other natural life abound in the region. There are dozens of spectacular remote beaches both north and south of downtown where pounding surf and dramatic rock formations await the intrepid shutterbug.
This is a small town. There are increasingly more and more shops, and a market area that is aimed both at locals and at tourists with increasingly “American” prices. There’s an English bookstore with a café in it, wide range of all kinds of different books, just ask your way around, it’s not hard to find. T-shirts of varying quality saying something along the lines of Surfing San Juan del Sur are sold at many touristy places.
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