San Juan del Sur Beach
San Juan del Sur Beach
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Leen M
Turnhout, Belgium282 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
San Juan del Sur is mostly a lay-back bachpackers town. Many tourists come here, so the vast majority of the locals speak quite decent English (which is not the case everywhere in Nicaragua).

The port and promenade have been improved, it looks fancier now.

It's not real-life Nicaragua, but it's a very good starting point.
Written August 18, 2023
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jeffingramcan
Bogota, Colombia2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Friends
Cool beach town with plenty to do! Stayed at the Surf Ranch for a few nights, and came to the beach multiple times, it's a full town where you can find everything.
Written June 2, 2023
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Robin K
Iowa8 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
Very real type experience. Mostly a town full of locals plus backpackers. However, we stayed in a beautiful airbnb on the south side of town overlooking the beach. Good stuff: its beautiful from up there and the locally restaraunts are cheap and good. Bad stuff" we had to walk through a slum to get to our place and while renting a scooter the police stopped us for no reason snd we had to pay $20 USD to leave the stop. I prefer Costa Rica myself, though my husband liked the authenticity of San Juan Del Sur. Of note: While the slums looked bad, the children and people were well fed and appeared happy.
Written March 20, 2023
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Rowan H
Cairns, Australia1,355 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Friends
The beach is still recovering post hurricane Julia. All along the shore is driftwood/logs as well as garbage. The excessive rain that has fallen on the mainland is also making its way out to sea through a stream that cuts down the centre of the beach, making the water a mix of green and brown. On some of the edges you may be able to go for a swim, but the water was not particularly alluring.
Written October 17, 2022
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Mobile151577
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022
Fabulous home high above the beach with all the amenities. The view is the best part and worth every penny.
Written January 19, 2022
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bucketlisttravellers
Sydney, Australia3,783 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
This long sweeping stretch of sand comes with spectacular views of the nearby clifftops, including views of the Christ statue. Along the beach are plenty of restaurants where you can enjoy a meal or a drink while overlooking the ocean. The beach is more of a port beach with lots of boats anchored just off the shore. It isn’t the cleanest of beaches, but we did go swimming while we were there.
It is a good place to watch the sun set.
There are lots of vendors selling sunglasses and trinkets, so you do get hassled to buy things pretty regularly, but most vendors will quickly move on if you indicate that you’re not interested.
Written September 26, 2021
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Eeeeric
Fort Myers, FL264 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
My family just loved the beach and the ocean was clean and warm. Here the harbor is protected so the waves are not huge. Good for children.
Written June 12, 2021
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Happy girl
San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Friends
I have traveled for many years to Nicaragua
always avoided the tourist heavy areas like SJDS. This trip I decided to take a day to see why so many people love it. It is a beautiful place to relax and enjoy a meal while watching the waves crash.
Written May 27, 2021
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David
6 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Solo
Spent the day cleaning this very dirty beach with some other volunteers, I would not walk barefoot here or swim in the water. Very sad towns that make their money from being on the sea completely destroy it like this. Get a taxi or motor bike get to a beach away from the town it is well worth it if you want to get in the water and have less garbage, sewage and broken glass around.
Written March 10, 2020
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suz
516 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Friends
A peaceful stretch of beach on the Pacific coast. Nearby shops and food stands with Nicaraguan crafts and designs. Quiet and enjoyable time.
Further into town there are bars, restaurants and shops that are quaint and beckoning. Levy afternoon.
Written March 8, 2020
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