Southwestern Nicaragua's Pacific beaches offer amazing surf, sand and sun with the once sleepy fishing village of San Juan del Sur being a good base to explore the region. There are good restaurants, splendid sunset views and a towering statue of Christ on a neighboring hillside.
Our preferred accommodation
Beach hotel - Redonda BayAn eco hotel/jungle lodge built in the trees overlooking Redonda Bay. Wooden walkways and steps lead around the property to the villas, and the restaurant and bar are down by the secluded beach. There is a yoga platform with a stunning view, spa and treatment rooms for massages.
Beach hotel - San Juan del SurA colonial style house, built in 1902 as a family residence with the design of the English Victorian era, just across the road from the beach. Many of the original features have been retained during the renovation work, old pictures are displayed throughout giving it a traditional feel and the pretty pastel-coloured woodwork and open courtyard make it feel cool and airy. It has a lovely aspect, overlooking the bay, an outdoor pool, bar and restaurant.
Beach hotel - about 30 minutes from San Juan del SurA luxury eco-lodge set on a bluff within a private reserve with a private white sandy beach, where turtles come to lay their eggs. The lodge has a beautiful pool and relaxing area with wonderful views, the restaurant uses local produce whenever possible and there is a bar and small Spa. The bungalows are accessed by a suspension bridge and a series of steps.
Beach hotel - about an hour from TolaA small, beach front eco-hotel with over a kilometre of private, sandy beach and individual ocean view cabanãs. The spacious, open sided communal building has a palapa roof, tasteful decor and overlooks the pool and beach. There is a bar, restaurant and small shop.