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San Juan del Sur

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The horseshoe shaped bay of San Juan del Sur

The horseshoe shaped bay of San Juan del Sur

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San Juan del Sur is a town along the southern Pacific coastline of Nicaragua and is one of the most popular places in the country among travellers looking for relaxing, fun, beaches and surfing. The town has around 20,000 inhabitants, but the total population including tourists is much higher for most of the year.



Getting There

San Juan del Sur solnedgang

San Juan del Sur solnedgang

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By Plane

The nearest airport is in Managua, from where there are regular domestic and international flights.

By Bus

Regular buses and collectivos connect San Juan del Sur with Rivas and other towns and cities in southern Nicaragua. From Rivas, you can connect to other destinations including international buses towards Costa Rica. For buses to Honduras and further beyond, it is best to connect in Managua.



Getting Around

By Foot

Most of the town and beach area is walkable, but a regular taxi could come in handy sometimes.




Bahia Del Sol Villas & CondominiumsDel Centro Civico 2.2 kms al Norte. La TalangueraHOTEL-
Casa Amarilla HostelDe la entrada del Hotel Pelican eyes 1 1/2 al sur, De la escuela publica de San Juan del Sur 1/2 al nHostel-
Casa De OlasLot 6, Las EscalerasHOSTEL-
Chicabrava Surf HouseCalle Frente al MarGuesthouse-
El Jardin Hotel & RestaurantBahia Nacascolo; San Juan del Sur; RivasHOTEL-
Hostel EsperanzaBDF 1/2 al SurHostel80
Hotel Azul PitahayaDel Mercado Municipal 1c. al OesteHOTEL83
Hotel MaracuyaFrom Century 21 2 blocks east on top of hill From Municipal market 3 blocks north on to of hillGUESTHOUSE89
La TerrazaDel Parque Central, 25v. Oeste RivasHOSTEL85
Lazy Jakes GuesthousePlaya Marsella & Playa MaderaGUESTHOUSE-
Naked Tiger Hostelk138 Carretera Villa BorinqueHOSTEL-
Parque Maritimo El CocoPlaya el Coco, San Juan del SurAPARTMENT-
Planet Waves Nica GuesthouseSan Juan del SurGuesthouse-
Surfing DonkeyFrom the back of the church, 1 block SouthHOSTEL-
Hostal Suenos Del MarCentral Market 1c.East, 25 meters to the south.HOSTEL-
Lugs Place B&B Bar & RestaurantPlaya el CocoGUESTHOUSE-
Casa del MarCalle Costera across from Meson Espanol and the beachHOSTEL55
Hostal Brisas y OlasCalle real contiguo donde fue la alcaldia Calle real del parque 1 1/2 al oesteGUESTHOUSE-
Casa Maderas EcolodgeConcha Cascante junction 200 vrs North,HOSTEL-
Buena Onda BackpackersBarrio Frente Sur, de casa Dragon 50 metros a mano izquierda, San Juan Del SurGUESTHOUSE92
Surf Ranch Action Sports ResortEmpalme de El Valle 991.5 m al Este Follow the Surf Ranch SignsHostel78
Casa PelonPlaya Marsella BeachGUESTHOUSE-
Hotel Irish HouseMunicipal Market, 2 blocks NorthHOTEL-
Pacific Bay Hotel150 mts from Playa MarsellaHOTEL-
Sunset Guest HouseMarket 1 Block East 2.5 Blocks SouthGUESTHOUSE-
Hotel AlcazarCalle El Paseo Del ReyHOTEL83
Surf Ranch Action Sports ResortEmpalme del valle, 991.5 m al San Juan Del Sur, RivasHOTEL-



Keep Connected


Internet cafes can be found in most larger cities and popular areas, but even in smaller towns you will usually be able to connect somewhere.
Wifi is generally free at most hotels, with the notable exception of larger chain hotels, which generally charge between US$3 and US$8 per day.


See also International Telephone Calls

The international phone code of Nicaragua is 505. The general emergency number is 911, though you can contact police (118), fire (115) and ambulance (128) separately if you want.

Nicaragua's cell phone system utilizes GSM 1900 technology. So, if you have a GSM phone that supports the 1900 band you can either use your phone as is at international rates or if your cell phone is unlocked , you can purchase a SIM card for your phone and you will have a local cell number and be charged local cell rates. Both Claro and Movistar provide cell phone service in the country. Claro is run by the old national phone company (ENITEL) that has now been privatized.

Another option is to buy a cell phone locally. Disposable cell phones are quite inexpensive, usually costing about US$20.

You can also purchase local prepaid phone cards that can be used at pay phone across the country. The different pay phone systems each have their own phone cards, so pay attention to which type you purchase.


Correos de Nicaragua provides postal services. It's fairly cheap but not extremely reliable or fast. Post offices are generally open Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 6:00 pm and Saturday from 8:00am to 1:00pm. Airmail postage for a standaard letter or postcard from Nicaragua to North America is US0.60 and US$1 to Europe. Mail takes on average between 7 and 10 days to get to the U.S. and Europe. Though it's fine for sending a postcard, you'd better use companies like TNT, DHL, UPS or FedEx to send parcels internationally.



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