My sister, Breanna, and I landed in San Juan del Sur after many people told us it’s a must see in Nicaragua. We had no idea what to expect, but we were excited. We got in after dark and tried to figure out where our airbnb was.
After two hours of syphoning wifi in a tiki bar, without getting directions or help from our host, we gave up on the airbnb. I found a hostel for $10 a night per person next door to the tiki bar downtown, and we got a room for ourselves. The hostel was incredible – the rooms had two beds each, so we got our own private room for $20 a night. Definite score. The hostel was basic, but we loved that it was indoor/outdoor. The kitchen was outside and there was a little surfer mural painted on the wall. So rad!
We were within walking distance to the beach, also. The walk to the beach was adorable and super scenic.
We woke up the next morning and headed to the beach. The beach is covered with restaurants along the shore. We stopped by the cutest one to grab a cup of coffee and discuss our plans for the day.
After absolutely no debate, we decided the best way to spend the day was on the beach.
We walked along the beach for a bit before becoming complete sloths.
At the other side of the beach, we found a condominium with an incredible private pool. We were extremely disappointed when we were unable to climb the fence and a security guard was called. We scurried off pretty quickly back to the other side.
We lounged hard core on the beach the whole day, only taking breaks to have fruit smoothies and gallo pinto (Nicaraguan fried rice and beans). After a nice tropical (aka completely red) tan started to develop, we stopped back at our hostel to rinse off and cover up. We got ready quickly so as not to miss the sunset. I think it was worth the rush.
One of the most incredible sunsets I’ve ever seen. The clouds looked like puffy balls of cotton candy.
After the sunset, we were completely wiped out (relaxing all day does that to you), and headed off to bed.
The next day we decided to tour the very small beach town. The shops downtown are mostly owned by Europeans, Canadians, or Americans, so it is very tourist friendly and very English speaking.
We seriously pondered getting pedicures at this cute little pink spa, but figured walking on the beach was probably exfoliation enough.
We went back to the beach restaurant for another cup of coffee, some deep conversation, and people watching. We ended up staying until the afternoon, racking up a bill of yet more fruit smoothies, a few pina coladas (for Bre), and a bazillion bottles of water.
We spent more time working on our sunburns; they were coming along rather nicely at this point. We got so good at extreme lounging, I could probably teach a course in it now.
San Juan del Sur was an incredible place to visit and I am so happy we made it there. It is a great place to take some time to relax, recharge, and rejuvenate. It’s a bit touristy, but a wonderful spot to eat, drink, relax, and be merry. It seemed that most people stayed in San Juan del Sur for the nightlife, but took shuttle buses to nearby beaches for surfing during the day. There are some adorable coffee shops, clothing stores, bars, and restaurants – we even found a vegetarian/vegan restaurant! I loved San Juan del Sur even though I’m not a huge party-er (I was mostly in bed by 10PM), and I’m also not a huge surfer. San Juan del Sur has so much more to offer than what I expected. I would definitely recommend a stop to check it out!