Top things to do

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…
Volcano in Around Volcán Maderas

Volcán Maderas

Climbing this 1394m volcano is challenging but worthwhile. Guides are required for the seven- to eight-hour round-trip trek (with four to five hours of climbing); at the top, you’ll reach a misty cloud forest ending…
Volcano in Around Volcán Concepción

Volcán Concepción

This massive (and active) volcano is an Ometepe landmark. The 10- to 12-hour hike up loose volcanic stone to the summit of this looming peak can be tough, so be in good physical condition and bring water, snacks and…
Wildlife Reserve in Tola & the Tola Beaches

Refugio de Vida Silvestre Río Escalante-Chacocente

The main event at this remote wildlife refuge is the mass arrival of female turtles (at intervals between July and December), who crawl up onto the sandy shores to lay their eggs. It's an occasion worth planning a t…
Museum in Esquipulas

Museos El Ceibo

An excellent pair of museums. The Museo Numinástico (Coin Museum) documents the troubled history of the Nicaraguan economy through its coins and banknotes. Across the road, the Museo Precolombino (Pre-Columbian Muse…
Cafe in Moyogalpa

Cornerhouse

Easily the most stylish eating venue on this corner of the island. Breakfast is served all day at this rustic-chic cafe just uphill from the port; the menu features eggs Benedict with roasted tomatoes and fresh basi…
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…
Waterfall in Santa Cruz to Mérida & San Ramón

Cascada San Ramón

This stunning 40m waterfall is one of the jewels of the island. The trail begins at the Estación Biológica de Ometepe; it’s a steep, four-hour round-trip on an easy-to-follow trail that’s lost some of its charm sinc…
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…