One of our goals for this trip was to try surfing. We decided that San Juan del Sur, a small beach-side town on the pacific coast, was the right place to try it out, also because we’d heard a lot of other great things about the town. The town beach is actually not so great, but there are regular shuttles and water-taxis to the numerous beaches south and north of the town.
We went surfing with Alfredo from the Casa Oro surf school at Playa Maderas and it was a fun experience. We can’t say we’re pros yet, but Alfredo did say that we were really good learners! We only surfed in the white part of the wave, on quite big boards, and when we asked him “what’s next?”, he told us to keep surfing the white waves for the next six months.. Check out this sweet video he made!
We also had a second try at surfing a couple of days later, but it wasn’t as great as the first time because the low tide was in the afternoon (giving us only an hour of low to high tide waves – which are much better for surfing), the water was freezing, and we kept stepping on the numerous big Stingrays that decided to chill out at the playa the same day. Mathias actually saw 4 right in front of him at some point, and Alfredo who was at the beach the same day was stung(!) – not the best day for surfing in other words. Still we had a good time in the freezing water trying to avoid stepping on the Stingrays.
Hopefully we’ll get some more shots at surfing in South America (Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Brazil..).
Other than surfing, San Juan del Sur is a pretty laid back town with many good restaurants, surrounding beaches and parties for all the backpackers that are there.
This is our top 3 picks for things to do in San Juan del Sur:
- Surfing at Playa Maderas (and learn to surf from Alfredo at Casa Oro)
- Watch the sunset at the beach
- Chill by the pool at Pelican Eyes
And our top 3 picks for good eats:
- Smoothies at Simon Says (Tuva loves the classic banana strawberry and Mathias has a thing for any combination that includes passionfruit these days), also their lunch menu is great
- Bareback burger at Nacho Libre (cheddar, onion rings, bacon and bbq sauce – what’s not to love!?)
- Gelato at Superfrutto Gelateria
This is it from Nicaragua from us. We’ve had some great experiences here and so far it’s been one of our favorite countries with many places we’d like to visit (again) some other time, not to mention that you get a lot for your money here.
Hasta la vista Nicaragua, we had fun!
More pictures from San Juan del Sur and the rest of our travels in Nicaragua can be found here.