If you’re like me and you are neither an avid surfer nor a big-time partier, you can be left wondering what to do in San Juan del Sur.
Here are a few suggestions of things to do in San Juan del Sur:
1. Go Horsebackriding – Rancho Chilamate is an eco-ranch located 20 minutes outside of San Juan del Sur. Their 3-hr horseback riding tours include transport to and from San Juan del Sur, full gear, English speaking guide and even a bit of rum. A portion of the money from each tour goes to support their local community development fund. You can even stay the night at their off-the-grid ranch which is proudly “solar and horse powered”. Allow 5 hours for the tour including transfer. Cost at time of publishing is $75.
2. Take a Cooking Class – Villas de Palermo offers cooking classes in San Juan del Sur where you can learn to make your favorite local dishes and learn about the rich culinary culture in Nicaragua. You can even go pick fresh eggs, milk a cow and enjoy a traditional Nicaraguan breakfast on a nearby family-run farm
3. Go Fishing – Fishing is a great way to spend the day on the water with some good friends and an ice cold beer, or several. If you’re lucky you may even snag a Marlin! But, lucky for the big fish, there is a strict catch-and-release policy for larger fish such as the Marlin or Sailfish.
4. Do some Yoga – Zen Yoga offers daily yoga classes in San Juan del Sur, as well as massages and an in-house physical therapist. They even have a restaurant, Buddha’s Garden, that specializes in raw and vegan food and drink.
5. Go Zip-lining – Da Flying Frog offers zip-lining just outside San Juan del Sur, where you can soar above the trees with a literal bird’s eye view of the coast.
6. Hike to Jesus – San Juan del Sur’s 25-foot Christ of Mercy statue, perched on a hill keeping watch over the town, is one of the tallest Jesus statues in the world. It’s worth the one hour hike to see the best views of the bay. The cost for foreigners is $2 and it is open from 8am to 5pm.
7. Go for a sail – Nica Sail and Surf offers a variety of sailing trips from San Juan del Sur up and down the coastline. Spend a day on a catamaran sailboat fishing, swimming, snorkeling, and if you’re lucky, even whale and dolphin watching. Tours start as cheap as $75 per person.
8. Relax – Pamper yourself at Gaby’s Spa and Massage Studio, with half hour massages for as little as $25 dollars. You might as well get yourself a mani-pedi while you’re at it.
9. Go for a dive – Neptune Watersports offers the only Scuba diving on Nicaragua’s Pacific Coast. This Padi-certified dive shop offers several dive sites with turtles, nudibranchs, eels and much more.
10. Learn some Spanish- There are Spanish schools all over San Juan del Sur. More than I care to list. The Latin American Spanish School is a non-profit run by local Spanish teachers located near the central park. Spanish Ya offers homestay immersion programs to help take your Spanish to the next level. But there are loads more so do some Googling and find the program that’s right for you.
What are your favorite things to do in San Juan del Sur???