San Juan del Sur is a small beach town on Nicaragua’s Pacific Coast.
It’s about an hour from the border to Costa Rica. The town is the perfect place to hang back for a couple of days, to learn surfing, study Spanish or just lay out on the beach.
In addition to the beach in town, there are several beaches outside of town which can be reached via the surfer shuttle or by bike.
San Juan del Sur has almost a Californian feel to it, with many American expats (not as many as in the Costa Rican beach towns though!) and smoothie shops, American breakfast cafes and North American surf instructors.
The town itself is very small, stretched out along the beach in a little bay which keeps the waves out (hence the surfing shuttle to the other beaches).
You will find several hostels, little supermarkets and various restaurants lined up at the beach promenade – great for sunset watching!
The Barrio Café has a great variety of breakfasts, and El Gato Negro is not only a huge English book store, but has also excellent food, coffee and smoothies.
We recommend Mama Sara’s as a place to stay, a small family-run hostel with 5 double rooms, shared bathrooms, a kitchen and a lounge. A double room is 330 Colones (around USD 15) – one of the cheapest places in town.
The easiest and cheapest way to get to San Juan del Sur is by public bus from Rivas (40 Colones / USD 1.82)
Written and contributed by Globetrottergirls