You really owe it to yourself to check out the beaches in the San Juan del Sur area of Nicaragua. I have only gone to one and that is Playa Hermosa beach.
Playa Hermosa is about a 20 minute drive outside of town.
On a clear day you can see the coastline of Costa Rica in the distance.
How to Get to Playa Hermosa
In order to get to any of the beaches outside of San Juan del Sur you have dozens of options. Any of the many surf shops or hostels will have a shuttle going to the beaches at various times. If you want to try surfing they will also hook you up with a board.
I arranged transport through O’ Surf Shop. My return trip cost me 7$ usd. We left at around 10am and the taxi came and got us at 4:30. But if you want to leave the beach earlier or stay longer you can. That is up to the group to decide.
When you turn onto the actual dirt road that leads to the beach you will be charged a $3 usd entry fee. It is technically private land so they charge this nominal fee to access the beach.
After another 10 minutes you arrive at the very nice Playa Hermosa Eco Resort. This is the only place on the beach. It looks to be a very nice spot to stay.
It was completely okay to hang out there for the day in one of the many hammocks. There is a restaurant and bar and prices were not too outrageous but are creeping up towards North American prices. Beer was 1.50 usd so I was okay with that.
There are also washrooms and outside showers to get cleaned off.
If you are going to be in San Juan del Sur I would highly recommend heading out to Playa Hermosa beach. Be brave and enjoy a surf session, a walk on the beach, and a cold Tona as you lay in a hammock at Playa Hermosa!
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