San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua: Travel/Tourist Information Guide

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A beach in San Juan del SurA candy vendor in San Juan del SurThe waters of Playa Maderas beachGirl on a RipStik in San Juan del Sur's Skateboard ParkSan Juan del Sur is a surfer's destination

San Juan Del Sur is a coastal town and municipality beside a crescent-shaped bay in the Rivas department, which is located south-west of Nicaragua. It is 140 km (87 mi) south of the Nicaraguan capital of Managua, and just beside the Costa Rican border. The town is known as a surfing destination and beach vacation spot for Nicaraguans and foreigners alike. There’s also plenty of opportunity for enjoyable dining and nightlife. San Juan del Sur has been one of the most important ports in the Pacific for its strategic location between Lake Nicaragua and the Pacific Ocean. A statue of Christ of the Mercy sits on top of a hillside overlooking the town on the northern tip of the bay.

San Juan del Sur has a tropical savanna climate with two distinct seasons: wet and dry. Mean temperatures vary between 22°C/72°F to 29°C/84°F. The rainy season lasts from May to November, and the dry season is from December to April. The hottest month is March.

The town’s population is estimated to be over 15, 500, consisting mostly of locals involved in the fishing or tourism industry, and foreign visitors. Tourists go to San Juan del Sur for activities like surfing, snorkeling, scuba diving, and fishing.

When in San Juan del Sur, be extra alert and mindful of your own safety. Beware that it is not considered safe to walk outside at night due to reported incidences of robberies and knife attacks on tourists. Do not be out by yourself especially at night.

San Juan del Sur is relatively small and laidback. Most people get around by walking. Taxis are readily available.