Activities San Juan del Sur Nicaragua

Things to do while enjoying your stay with Rancho Cecilia!


There are many activities to do in San Juan del Sur and the beaches both north and south of town 


Surfing at Playa Maderas!

The Playa Maderas neighborhood is located about 10 kilometers north of the town of San Juan del Sur. Playa Maderas is known for its great surfing and is the most consistent surf spot in Southern Nicaragua.  


Take a surf lesson, have a massage or enjoy a yoga class on the beach! 


Activities to enjoy the Marsella Valley area

Go horseback riding along the beach and country trails or

play Frisbee disc golf at Marsella Valley Nature Center

Activities in the town of San Juan del Sur


How about a stroll around the plaza and the church with the locals.

Or stop at the Mercado for provisioning of fresh veggies and fruit. 

Want to go sailing? There are day trips and sunset sails available!

Or how about going fishing or whale watching!

Want to learn Spanish? There are many Spanish language schools in town with customized courses for beginners to advanced speakers


Go on a zip line canopy tour in the jungle

or go see Jesus at the top of the hill overlooking San Juan del Sur!

Day Trips from San Juan del Sur

Want to take a day or overnight trip to one of the surrounding areas?


Granada is Nicaragua's oldest Spanish city. Founded in 1524 this colonial town has trim churches, a palm lined plaza and colorful architecture.

It stands at the foot of Volcan Mombacho on the northwestern shore of Lago de Nicaragua with its' Las Isletas, a group of 365 diminutive islands.

Volcan Mombacho was declared a protected area in 1999 and has a biological research station and a self guided trail which transverses the cloud forest.


Las Isletas, the little islands, just off shore from Granada were formed 10,000 years ago when Volcan Mombacho erupted. Many of the islands are inhabited and easily accessed by boat. They have bars and restaurants to enjoy lunch or dinner. Egrets, herons and cranes are commonly seen around the islands.


The village of Catarina is a great place for buying plants and furniture and is known for its mirador (lookout) which has sweeping views of Laguna de Apoyo. Take a trip down to the lagoon and enjoy swimming in the calm, clean, warm waters.

Masaya is the cradle of Nicaragua folklore. Visit the Mercado Viejo, the main arts and craft market and the center for cultural activities. Hammocks, basketry, wood carvings, paintings, ceramics and leatherwork are a few of the items to be found in Masaya.


Ometepe Island is the ecological jewel of the area. Sparsely developed it has views of Volcan Concepcion and Volcan Maderas from which the island was formed. Many small villages dot the shores and hiking, kayaking, boating and horse back ridding are a few of the activities available. Petroglyphs of indigenous art are found on the island.




Or take a trip south to Refugio de Vida Silvestre La Flor. Playa La Flor is one of the world's principal nesting areas for the endangered Olive Ridley turtle. July through January is nesting season.