The 11 Best Things To Do In San Juan Del Sur Nicaragua

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The 11 Best Things To Do In San Juan Del Sur Nicaragua


So, you’re spending a few days in Nicaragua’s laziest beach town and wondering exactly what to do in San Juan Del Sur.

Lucky for you San Juan del Sur is one of the hottest places to visit in Central America right now with plenty to keep you busy.

Buzzing with liveliness, adventure and entertainment consider this destination to be a must-visit for anyone on the Central American backpacking trail. Awesome surfing, chilled out beach bars, and some dusk till dawn nightlife are just some of the best things to do while you’re in San Juan Del Sur.

So without further ado, these are the top things do in San Juan del Sur Nicaragua. 

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Sunday Funday  

Visiting Nicaragua and missing Sunday Funday is the Central American equivalent of traveling to Thailand and missing The Full Moon Party.  In fact, missing Sunday Funday is probably worse because it happens four times a month as opposed to just one!


Long story short, any backpacker who remotely knows what a good time looks like, had better have Sunday Funday high on their bucket list for all the best things to do in San Juan Del Sur.


This high energy, hedonistically motivated, drunken pool crawl is guaranteed to be one of the most ridiculous and out of control parties you have ever witnessed.  With that being said it is also going to be one of the most exciting days of your life so be sure not to miss it.

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Spend The Day At Tree Casa

Anyone searching for what to do in San Juan Del Sur aside from drinking and partying will find Tree Casa to be the perfect escape from all the madness.

The resort’s glamorous and unique design embraces a collection of boardwalks, stairways and swimming pools set amongst a colorful jungle backdrop that will leave you utterly speechless. 


Located 20 minutes outside of the main town, Tree Casa prides itself on its remote location in the highland forests of San Juan Del Sur to provide an isolated feeling allowing guests to fully immerse themselves in their carefully crafted tranquil environment.


Topped off with an absolutely mouthwatering assortment of fresh and healthy foods served in their beautiful poolside restaurant. 

Although spending a night here will cost you upwards of $150 USD, Tree Casa invites guests to come and hang out for the day, with the purchase of a drink or meal. 

Featured as one of the best things to do in San Juan Del Sur, that’s not a bad deal to kick back and relax for the day in this tropical jungle paradise.

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Watch Sunset From Naked Tiger Hostel

There are not too many more places in San Juan Del Sur like this to watch the sunset. With a near-perfect panoramic vista perched above the city, Naked Tiger Hostel offers one of the best birds-eye views that you will find anywhere in Nicaragua.

Despite Naked Tiger making its name from their long history of wild parties, this breathtaking view is just the icing on the cake for anyone who decides to stay here.

Although keep in mind, in order to capture this exact shot from the upstairs hostel balcony, you will need to be a guest in order to access the area. 

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Christ Of The Mercy (Cristo De La Misericordia)

 Towering high above the city of San Juan Del Sur is Christ Of The Mercy (also known as Cristo De La Misericordia). Aside from its obvious cultural and historical significance, a quick hike up to Cristo Blanco offers another spectacular birds-eye view above the entire city.

As one of the most popular things to do in San Juan Del Sur, Christ Of Mercy is considered to be a must-see attraction.

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Explore Town

Despite the small size of San Juan Del Sur’s downtown area, it offers quite the selection of restaurants, bars, and boutique shops.  Everything is within walking distance so you won’t have to worry about catching a cab anywhere.

No matter whether you are craving Italian, Mexican or some local Nicaraguan cuisine, there is an assortment of delicious options scattered around.

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Naked Tiger Party Hostel

As the most famous (or infamous depending on how you look at it) hostel in all of San Juan Del Sur, Naked Tiger party hostel is an absolute must. Whether you visit for the day, a few nights or even a few weeks, the Naked Tiger hostel is one of the must-see places in San Juan Del Sur.

Aside from their spectacular location and the panoramic view above the hills of the city, Naked Tiger Hostel is one of the best hostels in Central America for backpackers.  The social atmosphere and positive vibes found at Naked Tiger is the exact environment that so many backpackers crave. 

So, do yourself a favor and stay at Naked Tiger. I promise you won’t regret it.

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Image Credit | Sunday Funday San Juan Del Sur Facebook 

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Image Credit | Sunday Funday San Juan Del Sur Facebook 

Playa Maderas

Quiet and removed from the busy downtown area yet still too touristy to be considered a hidden gem, Playa Maderas is arguably the most beautiful beach in San Juan Del Sur. 

This top surf beach is very popular among locals and travelers both searching for more tranquil vibes at one the best beaches in San Juan Del Sur.   

No matter if you came to enjoy a good surf, relax and enjoy the beautiful view or grab a tasty bite to eat at the popular beachside restaurant, Playa Maderas never disappoints. 

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Pub Crawl At Pachamama Hostel

Every Thursday night Pachamama hosts an epic Pub crawl.  Considering the weeknights in San Juan Del Sur are typically kind of quiet, if you are searching for something fun to do during the weeknights, this is your best bet.

Typically, a bunch of backpackers from the surrounding hostels also join in on the pub crawl as well making it one of the best things to do in San Juan Del Sur at night.

 

Saturday Night Beach Party

Although I’m not exactly sure on what beach this event actually takes place (or even the name of the event for that matter), this Saturday beach party was one of my favorite memories from San Juan Del Sur. 

Organized by Naked Tiger, Pachamama, and Hola Ola Hostels, a majority of guests from each hostel attend the beach party along with a few locals. 

During the day it is rather chill as you sit with friends enjoying the live music and cold drinks served up from the beach bar.


However, as the sun begins to set and the D.J comes on blasting Reggaetón, the chilled-out beach sesh suddenly and miraculously transforms into the wild beach party that you were promised.


Though it is dependent on each individual group, by the time the sun had set our group was on the beach dancing all over the place and taking shots until it was time to go.

Either way, the event only costs around $150 Cordoba (approximately $4.50 USD), so I’d definitely say the reward justifies the risk.   

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Friday Beer Pong At Pachamama

Want the chance to win 2 free tickets to the Sunday Funday Pool Crawl? Then be sure not to miss the epic Friday night beer pong competition at Pachamama hostel.

With that being said, be sure to bring you’re A-game because this is one super-competitive pong competition and bragging rights are up for grabs.

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Take A Surf Lesson

It would be a sin to visit a surf paradise such as San Juan Del Sur without at least taking one lesson (and trust me I would know). As one of the best things to do in San Juan Del Sur, surf lessons are widely available throughout the city. 

Either just head into the main town and look for a board shop or head directly to the beach and set something up there. 

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