Things to Do in San Juan Del Sur

Things to Do in San Juan Del Sur
Nicaragua's most visited destination unfolds in scenic glory along the Pacific coast of Central America. A sleepy fishing village dotted with charming homes and buildings painted in vivid colors, San Juan del Sur is best known for its legendary surf breaks, attracting surfers the world over to its golden shores. The town's crescent-shaped bay is home to a small number of local fishing boats, sport-fishing charters and sailboats. Outdoor adventurers will find plentiful opportunities to explore the areas scenic wonders, from the dramatic volcanoes of nearby Ometepe Island to the dense jungles filled with rare flora, fauna and wildlife. When in San Juan del Sur, visitors can enjoy such activities as snorkeling, scuba diving, sailing and more.


No visit to the charming fishing village of San Juan del Sur would be complete without a fishing excursion along the beautiful southern coastline of Nicaragua. Pelican Eyes Sailing Adventures presents a 42-foot sloop with licensed captain and experience crew, who will take passengers to hidden beaches and bays for beachcombing, picnicking or barbecuing. Among the varieties of fish to be caught include tuna, dorado and Spanish mackerel. Additionally, Nicaragua's southwestern coast is home to a variety of turtles including the Leatherback and the Hawksbill. Voyagers may even see migrating whales or pods of dolphins splashing nearby.
Pelican Eyes Sailing Adventures.
De la Parroquia 1½ cuadras al este
San Juan del Sur, Rivas, Nicaragua
(505) 2568-2592


Surfers in search of perfect waves will find them at San Juan del Sur, where constant offshore winds make it possible to surf all day without the waves getting blown out. Located in the heart of Nicaragua's surfing coastline, San Juan del Sur presents a plethora of nearby surf spots from which to pursue your surfing vacation, including Playa Yankee and Playa Maderas. If you want to book a surfing charter, Action Tours provides patrons with all-day boat charters to some of the area's best surf breaks that are only accessible by boat. The tour also offers three-star accommodations, lunch and expert advise.
Action Tours
(505) 8668-4407

Frisbee Golf

San Juan del Sur is home to a 12-hole Frisbee Golf course, located down the remote road to Marsella beach. Nicaragua's only Frisbee golf destination, the course offers plentiful scenery and plush refreshments at the seventh hole. For information, contact

Zipline Tours

Offering 2.5 km of zipline in a spectacular natural setting, Da Flying Frog tree canopy tour provides four hours of exciting adventure along a network of 16 cables stretching through the trees down an expanse of a mountain. Showcasing superb views of the bay of San Juan del Sur, the tour takes about 45 minutes to complete and includes a long stretch that passes over a canyon. One of the faster sections actually reaches speeds of 70 kph. The tour offers also free transportation to and from San Juan del Sur.
Canopy Tour Da Flying Frog

Carretera a Marsella, a 500 metros de la entrada
(505) 8613 4460

Article Written By Karen Sprinkles

Karen Sprinkles has been a freelance writer since 1988. She's currently the managing editor of a luxury home magazine and has written for regional newspapers and magazines. Sprinkles received the Award of Excellence from the Hawaii Book Publishers Association for "The Hawaii Home Book," which reached No. 1 on the Hawaii bestsellers list. She earned a bachelor's degree in English from the University of California.

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