Destination guide

Find your own paradise lost in San Juan del Sur

Find your beach blanket babylon in San Juan del Sur, a small beach town on Nicaragua's southwest coast. Famous for its huge statue of Christ, which towers over the bay, San Juan del Sur is a perfect base for exploring the country's southern Pacific coast. Brightly colored Victorian clapboard houses line the resort's main drag, along with quirky gift shops, surf schools, and street cafes. Popular with travelers, it has a lively nightlife with buzzy bars and hip open-air restaurants catering to all budgets. Book a San Juan del Sur vacation rental and find adventure right on your doorstep.

Things to do

From giant Jesus to ziplining, San Juan is full of Sur-prises

San Juan del Sur is not all about sand, sea, and surfers. Towering 440-feet high on the seawall is the Christ of Mercy statue. It's reached by a suspension bridge over the Rio San Juan, and short, sharp hike up the steep mountain road to the peak. It costs a couple of dollars entry, but the views are simply breathtaking. If that's not thrilling enough, why not see San Juan del Sur from a different perspective by ziplining through the rainforest. Glide over waterfalls and creeks, and swing through the treetops like the resident spider monkeys.

Activities

Hang Ten in San Juan del Sur, a surfer's paradise

Once a resting place for gold prospectors, over the years San Juan del Sur has become a Mecca for surfers. While the town is set around a sandy crescent-shaped bay, the best surf beaches are found further along the coast. Playa Maderas is the most accessible surf beach, a 20-minute drive from town. It appeals to all levels of surfer, from beginners to experienced board hounds, who come to catch a wave or 3. If surfing sounds like too much effort, why not take a boat excursion and go snorkeling, or take a dolphin- and whale-watching tour.

Weather

San Juan del Sur - a totally tropical place

Nicaragua has only 2 seasons, wet and dry, although temperatures are a consistent 80 degrees. For an island brimming with rainforests, it's no surprise that the rainy season is fierce, with tropical downpours. November through May is the driest and most popular time to visit, when San Juan del Sur vacation rentals can get booked up months in advance. Throughout the rest of the year, tropical rain showers are usually brief, except for September and October, which are best avoided unless you are an amphibian. For surfers, March to November has the best surf conditions.

Natural features

La Flor Nature Reserve is turtle-y amazing

Perched on the southwestern coast of Nicaragua, San Juan del Sur is blessed with sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean. Did you know that Nicaragua's unspoiled rainforests are home to 7 percent of the planet's biodiversity? La Flor Nature Reserve is one of the most important turtle nesting sites in Central America. It's home to the Olive Ridley turtles, which come up onto the beaches between July and December. As well as turtles, the area is rich in marine life, including marlin and sailfish. Brown pelicans, howler monkeys, and iguanas can also be spotted in their natural surroundings.

Where to stay around San Juan del Sur?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 337 vacation rentals near San Juan del Sur. From 193 Houses to 59 Villas, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near San Juan del Sur for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in San Juan del Sur?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in San Juan del Sur. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Pacific Marlin: 111 vacation rentals
  • Los Miradores: 97 vacation rentals
  • Las Pampas: 79 vacation rentals
  • La Talanguera: 56 vacation rentals
  • Paradise Bay: 78 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in San Juan del Sur! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in San Juan del Sur?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in San Juan del Sur:

  • Playa Colorado: 177 rentals
  • Tola: 203 rentals
  • Popoyo: 172 rentals
  • Rivas: 476 rentals
  • La Cruz: 29 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in San Juan del Sur?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in San Juan del Sur. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Playa Marsella: 459 rentals
  • Nacascolo Beach: 457 rentals
  • San Juan del Sur Port: 434 rentals
  • El Coco Beach: 291 rentals
  • El Remanso Beach: 388 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around San Juan del Sur listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.