Places to Go, People to See

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:

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Lake Managua
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Las Penitas
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Marina in Asseradores
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Al Cielo hotel, Asseradores
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La Buena Onda Hotel/Hostel, Matagalpa
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Fun Around San Juan del Sur

San Juan del Sur is a small tourist town in southwestern Nicaragua. With 22 nearby beaches, and 5 surfable beaches within 20-30 minutes, it’s become a hotspot for families, backpackers, surfers, and retirees. Great food can be had in town for half (or less) of a comparable “first world” meal, fresh seafood comes into the port daily, adventure seekers can try zip lines and horseback riding and volcano hikes, and the views are amazing from any number of locations. Take a boat trip, walk around the small town, journey to a nearby beach – which you just might have all to yourself.

El Pacifico Hotel is located in a residential neighborhood on the north side of the bay, a 15 min walk from town and a 15 min walk to the famous statue of Jesus overlooking San Juan Bay. We offer quiet and relaxation, a great vibe, cold drinks, hot breakfast, security, a crystal clear pool, and plenty of hammocks… Just the place to be *near* town without having to listen to it all night long!

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el pacifico hotel san juan del sur nicaragua

el pacifico hotel san juan del sur nicaragua

el pacifico hotel san juan del sur nicaragua

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el pacifico hotel san juan del sur nicaragua

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Fishing and Surfing and Hiking, Oh My!

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!


Catching fish off San Juan del Sur


Heading for a high-tide surf in the bay


Another day, another fishing trip, off Playa Hermosa


Fishing and swimming and spotting a pod of rays


Popoyo, at Magnific Rock


View from the Jesus statue over San Juan Bay


Playa Romanso, a great place to take some surfing lessons


On the ferry (lancha) to Ometepe


Ojo de Agua, Ometepe


Playa on Lake Nicaragua, at Xalli on Ometepe


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Private beach near Playa Gigante, at Aqua Wellness Resort



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?



Semana Santa, or Holy Week, was NUTS. We had dozens of guests in a 10 day period, town was crazy, the beach was trashed… For some, it’s why they come to San Juan del Sur. For us, we were ecstatic when it was over! (We did learn some business things for holidays in the future, through, as they say, the School of Hard Knocks!)

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