Prices and SDJS
Replies: 16 - Last Post: Jun 21, 2013 4:29 AM Last Post By: blobert_coltrane
Jun 7, 2013 6:52 AM
Prices and SDJSHey all,
Will finally be returning to Nicaragua after a 6 year absence and very much looking forward to it. However I'm just wondering if anyone knows if much has changed since, i.e. price wise, accommodation, types of tourist, etc. Also I've been searching the threads and no one seems to have anything good to say about SJDS. Last time I went it was quite laid back, had maybe 4 or 5 bars by SJDS beach and not a great selection of backpacker hostels in the centre, however from what some people seem to be saying it sounds like its turned into south east Ko Phan Ngan with surf! Is this an over reaction or should I expect to find hundreds of drunken gringos roaming the streets every night? Our alterior motive for going is to actually scour the country for a nice place to open a hostel and I'm worried we might end up wasting our time checking SJDS out when we could be somewhere more up and coming. Any kind of info would be great.
Thank yas much.
Jun 7, 2013 12:59 PM
Jun 7, 2013 10:01 PM
2It really depends on what type of trip you are looking to have. Sjds is one of the bigger tourist places in the country, probably second ony to granada.
But everythig is relative, so while you will find a much higher concentration of tourists there, there will not be "hundreds of gringos" roaming around.
It is getting more touristy in the last number of years with more tourist resorts, hostels, and attractions opening, and with that comes the inevitable increase in price as well.
But you can also still find a few places that offer a 5 dollar a night bed in the area if you arent into the 200 dollar a night resorts.
My two cents, enjoy your trip, but hostels are a dime a dozen in the country, and picking the next "up and coming" spot is a crapshoot, which is why there are so many areas that have dozens of half built spots that now lie empty, because foreigners th0ught it to be the "next big spot", you cant hardly drive up the coast north of tola without coming across an unfinished hotel/restaurant/resedencia/resort every couple kilometers. Mostly started by foreigners who bought into the whoe nicaragua is the next costa rica hype a number of years back
Jun 8, 2013 9:43 AM
Jun 9, 2013 1:54 AM
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Jun 10, 2013 11:58 AM
Jun 10, 2013 12:59 PM
Jun 10, 2013 3:27 PM
8I'm just back from Nicaragua, and I spent 3 nights in SJDS. I stayed a bit out of town at Casa de Olas hostel ($13 for a dorm bed, expensive!!). It was the low season, so maybe things would be different at another time of year, but I would offer the following observations.
It was certainly the most party-oriented place I visited (including Granada), in that there were people handing out flyers around town every day offering pub crawls to various bars and extensive happy hours. I am in my early 30s and found it to be a young-ish crowd. However, in saying that, we saw pricier restaurants (C$150-250 entrees) on the water which I'm sure attract a different crowd. I didn't think the place was saturated with accommodation. In fact, when I was looking for somewhere to stay, there weren't that many places that jumped out at me as amazing options. Definitely room for good quality, reasonably priced places.
I should also say that I don't surf, so I didn't really engage with that side of the town. The beaches outside of SJDS are fabulous and were very unpopulated.
I would definitely say check it out as a location for setting yourselves up- don't rule it out without seeing it for yourselves as it is now.
Jun 10, 2013 6:33 PM
Jun 10, 2013 6:41 PM
10I live in Nicaragua on Ometepe Island and I've been here for about 10 years. Nicaragua has definitely grown in the tourism industry. SJDS is a thriving tourist spot with cruise ships docking and new shops and restaurants opening everyday. It definitely has the party vibe with lots of surfers and backpackers. I'm not into the party or surfing scene, yet I like to make day trips to SJDS occasionally. The best surfing is on Playa Maderas. You can take a daily shuttle there. My son would go surfing every weekend and he loved it.
If you are looking for a place to visit that will remind you of SJDS about 10 years ago, go to Playa Gigante. Playa Gigante is near Tola. You can catch a bus in Rivas to take you there. This is my favorite new beach scene in Nicaragua. It's a small village, but growing quickly because of a luxury resort that opened near Playa Gigante by the Pellas family. Big bucks!!! They are in the process of paving the road all the way to Playa Gigante. It might even be paved all the way, now. We were there in February. Here are some pictures of the beaches within walking distance of Playa Gigante.
I would definitely recommend a trip to Playa Gigante before it loses it's tranquil atmosphere.
Jun 11, 2013 11:37 AM
11Tim, you were in BDT for ONE NIGHT, seven years ago. Did you even go to one of the many beaches there. Where did you stay in Bocas, what beach did you go to? How as a long time traveler can you base an opinion on somewhere you know nothing about. When was the last time you were in SJDJ? I have a feeling it was a long time ago and and not for very long. When you were in SJDJ or Bocas did you get out of town at all?
Jun 11, 2013 3:04 PM
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Jun 13, 2013 5:39 AM
14Gypsytoes - any tips for budgety accomodations in playa gigante?? I was referred there by someone while on ometepe but it was kind of second hand info (of course nothing in the guide books yet) so i ended up taking a bus to sjds and discovering everyone wanted like $35 to take a gringa up there. I'm in Leon right now (didn't find out about that bus from rivas til i got here) and considering changing my plans for next week so any tips would be appreciated!
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