5 Must Do's While in San Juan Del Sur – Nicaragua
Nicaragua is rated one of the safest countries is Central and South America and San Juan del Sur is it's little gem. Surrounded by secluded beaches, lots of green and amazing people. San Juan del Sur has it all! Waves, fun, sun, yoga, and the best part…it is budget friendly!
San Juan del Sur is a great place to learn to surf. The beaches are not crazy crowded (compared to Costa Rica) and surf lessons are between $20-$25 for one hour including board rental. If you are an experienced surfer then look no further! San Juan del Sur has a number of surf breaks that are fun and consistent. Playa Maderas and Playa Yankee can range from chest high to double overhead and barreling. If surfing is not your thing, the sunsets are for sure not to be missed!
2.Yoga With a View.
I don’t know about you guys but I cannot get enough from staring at the ocean. There is nothing better than practicing while your eyes are admiring the beauty mama earth gives us. I'm talking green, tall coconut trees, ocean breeze caressing your face, beach breaks in front of you eyes, wild scents, a yoga mat, and yourself all in one place.
I had the chance to take a class at the Costa Dulce Yoga centre and it was pure bliss. Most of my practice time encompasses four walls, being able to take my practice to such an exotic and truly relaxing setting really gave that one hour a whole different feel internally and externally. 100% recommended.
There are a few other Yoga centers in San Juan del Sur with amazing open Shalas facing either the jungle or the ocean.
3.Photograph Your Way Through Town.
As a photographer, I found San Juan del Sur to be pure inspiration! Colorful little casitas and doors fill up the streets of this cozy little town. It's easy to appreciate it's colonial architecture as well as it's friendly locals. From the guy repairing some old school electronics to a lady sitting in her front yard watching people go by, everything in my eyes was picturesque!
4.Get The Best View of San Juan Del Sur.
This one is no doubt a very touristy one but the view is not to be missed. The Christ of Mercy is a 132 meter statue overlooking the heart of downtown San Juan Del Sur. You can see the entire bay from the top and it will cost you no more than $3 to get in. It's without a doubt a postcard perfect view and another perfect spot to catch the sunset.
5.Isla de Ometepe.
I didn't get a chance to ferry over to the Isla de Ometepe, but I was able to see the Maderas and Concepcion volcanos that are on the island on my taxi ride to San Juan del Sur. Many locals recommended Isla de Ometepe. There is a natural swimming hole on the island of called Ojo de Agua which seemed to be very popular with both locals and tourists. As if that wasn't enough, there are also fascinating archeological sites on the island as well. Definitely a must do when in San Juan del Sur!