Things to do in San Juan del Sur

Choose Between the Following Things to do in San Juan del Sur!


The main attraction to this lovely town is surfing, and the quality of surfing is truly outstanding. The best surfing is to be found on the beaches just north of San Juan del Sur. There are several outfits in town that provide transfers and even board rentals. They depart several times a day from San Juan del Sur. The most popular beach is Playa Maderas, approximately 15 minutes outside of town.

Things to do in San Juan del Sur
Surfing crowd waiting for the next batch of waves!

The road is usually in good shape and can be driven in a regular car. However sometimes, during the rainy season, a 4X4 vehicle is a very good idea. There are several tour operators that provide daily transfers to the beach. It is also possible to hire a cab to take you there. If you are an avid surfer, and really want to be at the beach 24 hours a day, there are several small hostels and lodges that you can check into and just relax and enjoy the beach and be ready for the waves whenever they show up! In addition to Playa Maderas on the north, you will find other less frequented options to the south of town, specifically at Playa el Remanso and Playa Yankee. Both places can be reached easily by contacting one of the local tour or surf operators in San Juan del Sur.[themify_hr color=”light-gray” width=”1px”]

Canopy Tour

There is one Zip Line Canopy Tour in San Juan del Sur: Da Flying Frog Canopy Tour. The site is just outside of town, on the mountain next to Villas Palermo Hotel. Travel time from downtown to the facility will take less than 15 minutes. They have a total of 16 stations, covering a total distance of over of 2.5 km. This is a great adventure, with great guides. The tour is not only affordable; they actually provide transportation from your hotel to the site and back! One of the highlights of this tour is the frequency with which you will see or hear howler monkeys during your traverse from station to station. Definitely a fun experience!

Horse Back Riding

Things to do in San Juan del Sur
Great horse bach riding beach and jungle tours at Rancho Chilamate

Any visit to rural Nicaragua without a horse back riding tour is not complete. Better yet when the experience is enhanced when with both a jungle tour and a beach tour in one! The best option for horseback riding in San Juan del Sur is Rancho Chilamate. A perfect combination of pristine beaches, jungle trails and outstanding hosts. Oh and if you wish that you could document the memorable experience to share with your friends, fear not!

The hosts, Jaime and Blue will take care of that “little detail”. Blue is a professional photographer who has that perfect photographic eye to get just the best pictures. Of course she does know the trails and the scenery and can “cheat” to capture the most awesome photos and insure that you take back home the best of your experience. They have a great wild west scenario in the ranch. Horses that are a pleasure to ride and they are absolutely the greatest hosts!

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