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Top Choice Archaeological Site in San Juan Del Sur

Petroglyph

There's a spectacular Petroglyph not far from town; if you do Da Flying Frog canopy tour, ask to be taken by. Otherwise, walk toward Rivas, passing the Texaco station, and make a left after the bridge. Pass a school…
International in San Juan Del Sur

G&G Gourmet

A step up from most of the offerings in this laid-back beach town, the refined G&G, owned by a Guataleman-Argentinian couple, offers a short menu of gourmet menu items, including shrimp marinated in passion frui…
Beer Hall in San Juan Del Sur

San Juan del Sur Cervecería

Nicaragua's first craft brewery is – unsurprisingly – a huge hit. Established by American beer enthusiasts, the sleek industrial space is a great place to try the house brews on tap, like the chocolatey 'Pelibuey' p…
Bar in San Juan Del Sur

Howler Bar

Across from the beach, indoor-outdoor Howler Bar offers a little of everything under an open-air thatched-roof palapa: fresh smoothies and Latin American food, live music, cinema nights and cultural events, craft co…
Seafood in San Juan Del Sur

Restaurante El Timón

This classic beachfront restaurant, the best of the offerings along this stretch of sand, is the place to go for an upmarket seafood dinner or sunset cocktails. There's folkloric music on Thursday evenings, and good…
Tex-Mex in San Juan Del Sur

Taco Stop

This centrally located branch of Nicaragua's modern taco chain offers tacos, quesadillas, burritos, salads, and soups – you can eat in-house or take it to go. Note the hours: it's almost never closed. There's a riva…
International in San Juan Del Sur

Barrio Café

Excellent coffee; gourmet breakfasts; killer ceviche; an all-Nica staff; potent, fruity rum cocktails – what's not to like? This breezy cafe is on a centrally located corner just a block from the beach. There's a ni…
Religious in San Juan Del Sur

Semana Santa

Holy Week (the week before Easter) is one of the busiest times of the year in San Juan del Sur and the surrounding area. In addition to a full range of religious pageants and processions, the beaches explode with pa…
Monument in San Juan Del Sur

Cristo de la Misericordia

This 25m statue of Jesus – one of the tallest in the world – overlooks the town from its perch 2km to the north. Take the one-hour hike up to catch a great bird's-eye (or son-of-God's eye) view of the harbor and oce…
Bar in San Juan Del Sur

La Cascada

The hilltop bar and restaurant at Pelican Eyes is a lovely spot for sunset drinks – happy-hour specials often include access to the small but scenic swimming pool. There's live music and entertainment on Wednesday n…