Nicaragua is a small country of only about 6 million people. When you take into account that you cannot drive through the eastern 2/3 of the country, you realize that you can really SEE Nicaragua on a short trip. On our first visit, we drove from Leon to Chinandega to Asseradores in the northwest, to Matagalpa, Granada, and San Juan del Sur on $26 in gas! So when you’re planning your trip, make sure to take in some of the sights:
High season here is December 26 through Easter, or Semana Santa Week. (Which is a craziness all its own!) Then it was pretty quiet… And then summer came. What a great time to visit San Juan del Sur! Why?
Everything is GREEN and beautiful!
From some time in November until some time in late April or May. It doesn’t rain. AT. ALL. So everything is brown and dry and dusty. Still pretty – the contrast of the blue green bay and the brown hills is quite lovely. But once the rain starts, everything turns green IMMEDIATELY, and starts to grow. The dust is washed away. It cools off. And prices are lower!
The surfing and fishing are great!
Fishing in the area begins to get good in May, and improves all summer. August is THE MONTH – mahi, wahoo, marlin, snapper… Great fish and a great time fishing. What more can you want? San Juan del Sur also gets over 300 days of great surf a year. Everyone can benefit – there are beaches that are great for beginners, and experienced surfers can catch swells that can reach 10′.
It’s not so hot!
Nicaragua is in the tropics, there’s no getting around it. After windy season, and before rainy season (mid-March through mid-May), it’s hot. Yes, the water is still cool, and low season rates during that time are some of the best of the year. But summer time has a perfect combination of breeze, the occasional rain (and very few days that are rained out), cooler nights, and sunshine.
It’s mid-season prices with high season activities!
Same hotels, same restaurants, same Sunday Fun Day, same Happy Hour Sunset on the Beach specials, same boat trips, same schedules… But 20% or more LESS than high season. Plus all the benefits above. Seriously… Have you made your reservation yet??
San Juan del Sur has a lot – A LOT – of outdoor activities. Most of life is outdoors here, and you can learn all sorts of new skills or polish your old ones with inexpensive lessons and rentals. While we love our quiet, lazy hammock days, sometimes you just have to get out in the sun and do something! And Nicaragua is a small country, so you can get to a lot of cool places in a short amount of time. Fish, take a sunset booze cruise, walk a deserted beach, surf, hike a volcano (or two) on Ometepe, visit Vulcan Masaya and see the lava flow, SCUBA dive, spear fish… So much to do, you may have to extend your stay!
Most of our guests are from out of Nicaragua, so like to help them find things to do around the San Juan del Sur. Sure, there are some great tour guides around that can give you an amazing day… But part of the fun of coming to Nicaragua is the sense of adventure, right?