Whether you’re riding horseback on a Nicaraguan beach, learning surfing from a professional in the Pacific Ocean, or whale watching while sipping on a margarita, San Juan del Sur has plenty of activities that you can check off your bucket list.
We’ve compiled six ways you can have the most memorable adventures in San Juan del Sur.
SURF THE PACIFIC COAST
San Juan del Sur offers some of the best surf breaks on the Pacific Coast. Newbies are welcome, with beaches lined with surf pros offering board rentals and lessons.
SAIL ON A CATAMARAN CRUISE
Explore the tropical coastline with Nica Sail and Surf (nicasailandsurf.com). Drinks and food are included, so you can relax and enjoy a fun day on the water. If you’re lucky you might even see dolphins, turtles, or whales.
GO HORSEBACK RIDING ON THE BEACH
Gallop down beautiful Playa Maderas beach or join Rancho Chilamate (ranchochilamate.com) for a half day guided tour. Whether it be a romantic ride with your partner or a group gallop with your friends, this is the best way to truly embrace the beautiful Nicaraguan nature.
VIEW A NATURAL WONDER
At the Laguna de Apoyo, the Apoyo volcano is a sight to see with an extinct crater which holds a marvelous lagoon filled with beautiful blue water. Adventure seekers can stay overnight on the island Ometepe where you can hike the Volcano Maderas in the morning. Animal lovers can visit La Flor Wildlife Refuge, a spectacular deserted beach where turtles arrive by the thousands to lay their eggs (seasonal.)
TREAT YOURSELF WITH A MASSAGE
No vacation is complete without a massage (or three.) Rejuvenate your mind and body to make the most of your relaxing vacation. Massages are available throughout town and surrounding beaches, with many hotels offering services on site.
SHOP LOCAL DESIGNS
For those keen to get a little shopping in, AURIC (instagram.com/auricsurf) offers surf inspired apparel sourced, produced and sold in Nicaragua. Their stylish swimwear and simplistic print shirts embody the surfer spirit of San Juan del Sur.
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This piece was originally published May 2016