Alternatives to San Juan del Sur?
Replies: 20 - Last Post: Feb 22, 2013 7:54 PM Last Post By: sweetsmary
Jan 31, 2013 5:58 AM
16#11... we were in San Juan del Sur in November and the season had not yet started (May might be comparable but I don't know). We liked the beach (not good for surfing but we did play in the waves) and we loved the sunsets. A lot of restaurants at the beach were disappointing (expensive and mediocre). Even though it was still low season some partying was already going on and the 20-year-olds in the room next to us seemed to have only one goal : get drunk... so that meant we did not sleep too well.
We liked Las Penitas near Leon better (small town, nice beach) and certainly Jiquilillo (see my other post in this thread).
Jan 31, 2013 6:18 AM
17I visited Las Penitas in 2004 and 2009 I think. Little had changed in 5 years, although I didn't see any backpackers there in 2004, the infrastructure to accommodate us had certainly grown and improved. Probably still just as mellow though, the Flor de cana certainly flows but no clubs or discos. The town had some decent restaurants and accommodation. Proximity to Leon is a nice bonus. A friend of mine got a pretty gnarly sting from a sting ray (or something) and the locals pumped her up full of pain killers. Just a little bad luck I suppose.
Jan 31, 2013 7:18 AM
Jan 31, 2013 7:38 AM
19From my visit there a few years ago, the big vacation homes for Leon locals are in Poneloya up the road. I met a realtor there who was showing some resales. Other than holidays it appears that the locals are rarely there, and there were a couple of rentals for surfers. Las Penitas was a lot more laid back; I stayed at Barca de Oro.
Feb 22, 2013 7:54 PM
20We enjoyed the island vibe on the long stretch of beach from Santa Cruz to Santo Domingo on Ometepe Island - you could definitely meet up with other travelers and plan excursions or share your meals and drinks - very laid back but wholesome too.
It is a lake but since it is so large it has the feel of being on the ocean only fresh water or what the islanders call "Mar dulce" or sweet water!
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