The Saint ‘Juan’ really knows how to pick them. The beach town of San Juan del Sur is perfectly located in the middle of line of beaches that offer up great surf, clean water and plenty of sunshine. Aside from the obvious, one of the big appeals for us was the lack of a transit between Ometepe and San Juan – only around 3hrs which is really just a morning commute given the other trips we’ve been making. We rolled into San Juan de Sur in the afternoon, it was hot and sunny so after checking into our digs at Hotel Maracuya, we hit the beach.
San Juan del Sur
The town is what you’d expect of a Nicaraguan beach side town – plenty of tourists, bars and restaurants everywhere, slow paced locals and a few drunks scattered around the place each night! While we only had two nights there, we did manage to check out most of the place. Highlights would have been chilling on the beach and following it up with a beers and cocktails in the bars that come down onto the beach, chowing down on pizza made my an Italian dude who moved out to San Juan from Rome, and renting boards to hit the nearby surf spots for a morning in the water.
San Juan del Sur definitely lived up to it’s beachlife reputation. Two days was enough to chill out, but of course we could have spent the next month doing the same thing each day in the sun!
A tip for younger players: if you’re heading out into the surf and are going to be lying on a board in the sun for around 4 hours it’s a good idea to apply sunscreen. Being sun smart, both Cel and I applied 30 SPF a couple of times throughout the morning. Strangely, in the afternoon, both Cel and I started to experience the same feeling on our bodies – that they were glowing red hot. “Surely we’re not sunburnt, we put on plenty of sunscreen” said sun conscious Cel. Turns out that the sunscreen we thought was waterproof, was not. Simple mistake made by rookies, how we’d managed to make it I’ll never know. Fair to say that after that we hunted for and found the 2hr waterproof sunscreen – never to make the same mistake again!
After San Juan, we were off to Costa Rica. We’d only planned a flying visit as we knew it was expensive and we were running out of time in Central America. Yet again another epic journey ensued with a very unhelpful bus driver and around 5 changes in vehicle! More on that in the next post.