Beaches near to San Juan del Sur


Though San Juan del Sur is the most popular beach resort in Nicaragua, some of the best beaches are actually north and south of the town.

All of the surf beaches are easily visited with one of the daily jeep- taxi services in the town.

Here are our recommended beaches:

Maderas- Probably the most popular surf break in Nicaragua with a sandy beach break and consistent waves. About 15 mins drive from San Juan del Sur.

Majagual - A 30 minute drive north of San Juan del Sur. White sand and amazing sunsets.

Marsella One of the prettiest beaches- pictured above- on the Pacific Coast is only a 10 minute drive north of San Juan del Sur. A clean sandy beach perfect for safe swimming. Photo here

Playa El Coco- El Coco Beach is a long sandy beach with vegetation growing right up to the sand edge. It is great for swimming and is also a good beach to see turtles come ashore to lay eggs.

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Hotels & Accommodation in San Juan del Sur.



San Juan del Sur has a variety of boutique hotels, resorts and rental accommodation to suit all budgets.

From luxury boutique hotels to vacation rentals close by the beach.

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Restaurants in San Juan del Sur


Bambu Beach serves  Asian inspired dishes like dorado in a orange and chilli sauce on one of the best beachfront spots in town.

Cha Cha Cha serves good spicy food like jerk chicken in a rum glaze and chilli nachos in a friendly bar/ restaurant near the market.

El Bocaditos has great tapas in a friendly bar/ restaurant.

The best seafood restaurant in town is probably El Timon on the beachfront. Very popular with locals and very busy on holidays and weekends.

G & G Gourmet is the best spot in town to enjoy fine dining in a modern, relaxed restaurant.


Activities in San Juan del Sur


  • Hire a sailboat for a half day and beach hop some deserted Pacific beaches.
  • Go sportfishing or take a boat trip along the nearby coast stopping off for a swim and beach picnic.
  • More experienced surfers will love the waves at at nearby Maderas or in San Juan del Sur for less experienced or beginners.
  • Party like it´s 1999!
  • Take yoga lessons on this nearby beach

A Guide to San Juan del Sur


San Juan del Sur bay
San Juan del Sur is the most popular beach in Nicaragua .
A wide crescent beach with an abundance of small boutique hotels, backpacker hostels, restaurants and bars make it a popular destination for travelers, novice surfers, locals and of course, the resident ex-pats.

The town isn´t that pretty but it is a great base to visit the beaches to the north and south, many of which are real gems!

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