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San Juan Del Sur

Health & safety

Dangers & annoyances

As everywhere, flocks of tourists are attended by charming predators. Don't lend money that you can't afford to lose to your new friends, don't leave unattended valuables on the beach, double-check your bill and count your change. And remember, there's never any reason to give dealers your cash up front. Ever.

Although most tourists never experience these problems, note that the trail to Playa Remanso is well known for muggings and best avoided; at least leave your camera at the hotel. Always be alert when walking between beaches, and go in groups if possible. The beach in front of the SJDS bars can be unsafe at night, and sexual assaults have occurred on 'party' beaches.