Budget-Friendly Vacations in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
Though neighboring country Costa Rica has long been a beloved tourist destination, Nicaragua has only recently began to catch vacationers’ eyes. But if you are willing to travel off the beaten path, you can discover Nicaragua’s pristine beaches, lush rainforests, and rustic colonial towns. Fly into Managua and take a shuttle or official taxi directly to San Juan del Sur, a sleepy surfer town rimmed by brown-sugar beaches and shaded by mango trees. Spend your days taking surfing lessons or sunning in a hammock at a beachside bar and spend your nights partying among international travelers at the town’s many vibrant nightclubs. The best part? Because the colorful country is still coming into its own, accommodation, dining, entertainment, and tours in Nicaragua remain wonderfully affordable, even for the most budget-conscious traveler.
Flight: $208+ from Miami, FL
Accommodation: $9+/night for mid-range digs
Meals: $9+ per day
Is Nicaragua a good place for a Budget-Friendly Vacation? Travelers say “Yes!”
Just another pro-Nicaragua vacation article, this one is featured in US News. While short and featuring other locations like Orlando, Fl., it’s worth noting that San Juan del Sur is featured in the article and that it comes first in the list of five vacations to take during winter.
We’ve featured San Juan del Sur in several blog posts, here and here for example. To tell folks to jump in a taxi and come straight to SJdS is not really good advice though in my opinion. That’s great for a certain segment of the travelers coming to Nicaragua but by far not all! In fact, the argument can be made that going to SJdS is to really not see much of what Nicaragua has to offer. While it offers beautiful beaches and cheap lodging and food choices, you won’t be getting too much of a feel for Nicaragua’s culture and landscapes.
Check out Ometepe Island for example if you want to feel like you’re in another (Jurassic) world entirely. Or, experience a “fiesta patronal” in a local “white village” to see how Nicaraguan’s make art and celebrate their cultural and religious heritage.Get a feel for Nicaragua’s unique history in Managua, Leon or Granada. For something completely different, visit Rio San Juan for an absolutely unique natural environment where you’ll see wildlife and jungle similar to the Amazon biosphere.