San Juan del Sur is a fun little beach town in Nicaragua and it’s the one I always go to when I have to renew my tourist visa. Crossing the border is something all tourists need to do if they plan to be in the country for more than 90 days so I just head on over to Penas Blancas and spend some time in Costa Rica’s neighbor to the north.
The last few times I’ve gone to San Juan, we didn’t do much besides grab a drink and walk around.This time, I took my camera with me to take some shots of this cute colorful town. It’s low season right now so the beach was fairly empty, there weren’t too many people in town but you can still see trucks full of surfers on the street corners and tourists with giant backpacks walking around here and there.
San Juan del Sur is a popular destination for backpackers since it’s so cheap, there are a ton of other like minded souls and there’s a good amount of things to do in the area. It’s not too touristic to the point it makes you think that you’re not even in Nicaragua so there is a good mix of locals and foreigners. You can find a great variety of delicious food, lots of great surfing beaches nearby and it’s fairly easy to meet new people from all over the world.
If you’re thinking about visiting Nicaragua and not sure where to go, San Juan is a great place for first time visitors. Just make sure you don’t tell them pura vida!
San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua