Getting there & around
Getting to the beaches north and south of town can be expensive, so ask at the surf shops if they have a boat going with extra space for you. Majagual usually sends a truck (US$3) to the market at 11am to bring you back to the beach.
The Taxi Cooperative of San Juan del Sur charges US$0.70 to anywhere in town, US$1.25 for colectivo taxis to Rivas. Each driver has a list of set rates for other destinations, including Morgan's Rock (US$10), Majagual (US$15), Playa El Coco or Reserva La Flor (US$30), El Ostional (US$40), the Costa Rican border (US$15), Masaya or Granada (US$40) and Managua (US$75). Taxis congregate close to the market.
The newly implemented bus service to the northern beaches (US$2.50, open 6:50am and 12:50pm), serving Toro Mixcal, Nacascolo, Marsella, Los Playones, Maderas, Majagual, Ocotal and Rivas, had been suspended at press time, but should be running again by the time you read this. There is regular bus service from the bus stop in front of the market to destinations including:
Managuaexpreso US$3.30, 2½ hours, 4:30am, 5am, 5:30am, 6am and 7am; ordinario US$2.50, four hours, 8am to 6:15pm, at least hourly
RivasUS$0.70, 40 minutes, 3:30am to 7pm, every 25 minutes
Southern beachesUS$1, two hours, 11am, 3pm and 4:30pm; service to Empalme de Remanso, Playa el Coco, Reserva La Flor, El Ostional; returning buses leave El Ostional at 5am, 7:30am and noon