Thursday, June 25, 2020

History of San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua | IN 5 MINUTES | Video

San Juan del Sur was discovered in 1522 by Spanish navigator Andrew Child, a journey in search of a land passage way between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.

San Juan del Sur was an artisan village, when the Spanish came here to admire the craft of clay, ceramic, and ceremonies of the first settlers.

In 1821, Nicaragua gained Independence from Spain.

Then, in 1827, San Juan Del Sur was declared a fishing port, with the name of Puerto de la Independencia and cabotage services, until 1830. On, September 18, 1840, the name was changed to San Juan de la Concorde.

The town's name changed to Pineda City in 1851, in recognition of the Supreme Director at the time. But this change did not catch on and was soon changed to San Juan Del Sur. Named for being on the southern Pacific Coast of Nicaragua and to differentiate it from San Juan del Norte.

Now lets back track a few years to the start of the gold rush in California in 1849, Americans began moving large groups of people from the east coast of the US to the West Coast to reach California in search of gold, known as the California Gold Rush.

Cornelius Vanderbilt, an American business magnate organized the "American Atlantic and Pacific Ship Canal Company," which won a canal concession by the Government of Nicaragua, and began surveying for the construction of a transoceanic canal along the San Juan River.

In 1850, Nicaragua signed the Treaty of Independence with Spain but needed to commit in ensuring a future transit canal.

In the same year, Vanderbilt created the "Accessory Transit Company," which with a span of 36 days would bring passengers between New York and San Francisco.

In 1851, Vanderbilt left New York aboard the "Prometheus" which was the first steamboat to sail the San Juan River, officially opening the Transit Route, arriving in San Juan del Norte. Passengers then embarked on smaller boats that then crossed the Lake of Nicaragua, arriving at the port of La Virgen, in Rivas.

Then from Rivas, they traveled buy land and mule to San Juan Del Sur. They then boarded the ship called the “Pacific”, which brought them up to San Francisco, California, to search for gold.

During the years that this route was in activity, 81,448 people passed through San Juan Del Sur. One of the most famous travelers who passed through San Juan del Sur was the American writer Mark Twain.

In 1866 - The man we know as Mark Twain spent three days crossing Nicaragua, en route from San Francisco to New York, a trip recounted in the book “Travels With Mr. Brown.”, in which he mentions a land of beauty, his journey crossing on mule, being sold items from locals on the way, and various people getting sick on the boat in the San Juan River.

Now in the 20th century, The United States occupied Nicaragua from 1912 – 1933, which was known as part of the Banana Wars. The purpose was for the Americans to stop any other nation, other than the Unites States, to build the Nicaraguan Canal through the country.

In 1920, The Pacific Railway of Nicaragua, extended its railroad to San Juan Del Sur from San Jorge in Rivas, and was built between 1929 and 1932. It came through the Chocolata road from San Jorge, and stopped in front of Hotel La Estacion.

From the 1940’s until the late 1990’s, San Juan del Sur acted as one of Nicaragua’s largest shipping ports, where wood, cattle, and other agricultural products were exported, and goods ranging from automobiles to farm equipment were imported. The fishing still went on and one was of the main fishing ports in Nicaragua.

Since the late 1990’s, tourism and foreign investment in real estate have become the largest industries in San Juan del Sur. Tax revenues from tourism and real estate developments have enabled the mayor of San Juan del Sur to make improvements to public areas, including the park, sports center, and beach front. In October of 2002, the port of San Juan del Sur celebrated its 150th anniversary as a city.

Fast forward to today, San Juan Del Sur is the most popular tourist city in Nicaragua, for locals and tourists alike. Filled with restaurants and hotels, many people flock to the beaches of San Juan Del Sur.

Friday, June 12, 2020

SURF RANCH RESORT | FULL TOUR | San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua

During these Covid 19 times, we are closed for the weekdays, so no better time than this to do a full resort tour of the Surf Ranch Resort in San Juan Del Sur.  We take you on a tour of everything at the resort and a few new things that we are working on.

Come check it out! and book your next vacation with us here -

Saturday, June 6, 2020


Nicaragua's Pacific coast expands 300 kilometers of Coastline with hundreds of beaches.   This video shows you the top 50 beaches and a few extra locations.

Below we have also listed the top 50 beaches as shown in the video.

1. Ostional Beach.  The town of El Ostional is a small town with no hotels, but popular for day trips.

2. La Flor beach, which is a natural reserve where Olive Ridley turtles come to lay there eggs.

3. Playa el Coco is a more populated town with multiple hotel options and a restaurant.

4. Escameca beach is accessible through a few hotels and developments, great for surfing.

5. Yankee Beach is a more popular surf beach, with public access.

6. Hermosa Beach, where they filmed the TV show Survivor.

7. Remanso Beach is another popular surf beach for beginners, with a variety of restaurants and surf board rentals.

8. San Juan Del Sur, which is the largest on southern Nicaragua's coast and where you can find almost anything.

9. Nacascolo Bay, which is now open to the public, a great day spot to chill and relax.

10. Marsella beach, is a quiet little beach town, with a variety of hotels.

11. Then up to the most popular surf beach in the area, Maderas Beach.

12. Ocotal Beach is accessible by a popular ecolodge

13. Playa Blanca where sailboats in San Juan Del Sur take guests for day trips to swim and snorkel.

14. Guacalito Beach also known as Manzanillo beach, which is now home of a large 5 star resort with an 18 hole golf course.

15. Gigante Bay, which is a small beach town that is growing, and has a bunch of restaurants and hotels.

16. Playa Colorado, located next to the Costa Esmeralda airport and has some of the best surfing in this area, as well as a 9 hole golf course.

17. Playa Jiquilite which has public access and is a another great surf destination.

18. Popoyo Beach, which is lined with a bunch of surf hotels, and restaurants.

19. Popoyo Surf Break, which is the main surf break in this area.

20. Playa Guasacate which is a growing beach town and the most populated in this area.

Quick stop at the Natural Tide Pools, which is a hidden gem.

21. Punta Teonoeste which has a restaurant and a great surf beach.

While we are here, might as well take a look at Surf Ranch Popoyo, currently under construction.

Alright now back to the water, this is Punta Conejo, a great dive spot.

Another quick stop at the new Marina that is under construction, which will be the first marina on the Pacific coast of Nicaragua.

22. Astillero Beach, which is a more populated town, which is paved and great for surfing and fishing.

23. Chacocente which is another Nature Reserve, where the turtles come to lay their eggs.

24. Tupilapa beach, is a small beach town, with a few hotels.

25. Huehuete is a small beach town with a dark sand beach.

26. El Tamarindo Beach, just to the north which you will find the town, La Bocana.

27. Playa Casares is a popular vacation destination with a lot of fishing, and a variety of hotels to choose from.

28. Playa La Boquita, another small beach town, with many hotels and restaurants.

29. Pochomil Beach, which is the most developed beach in this area.

30. Masachapa beach, just to the north.

31. Montelimar Beach, which is home to an all inclusive resort.

32. Playa Marbella, which has a long beach and a few hotels to choose from.

33. Playa San Diego, a popular town for fishing and surfing.

34. Gran Pacifica Beach which is home to the third golf course on the Pacific Coast.

35. El Transito, another great surfing destination.

36. And to another Playa Hermosa,...a small beach town.

37. El Velero Beach is more private but you can access it for the day.  There are hotels and restaurants as well.

38. Miramar beach is a sleepy fishing village, and is a surf hot spot that offers more than just perfect waves.

Then up to Puerto Sandino, where the crude oil ships dock, and also home of some great surf spots.

39. Playa Tesoro which has a cool eco lodge and a resort.

40. Playa Salinas Grandes is a long stretch of beach which is home of salt flats and some great surfing.

41. Lets fly over to the popular surf town of Las Penitas.

42. Poneloya is a more populated and visited beach town by people from the capital city of Managua.

Puerto Corinto is the main shipping port in Nicaragua, for imports and exports.

43. Playa Corinto, which is situated just to the north and is a great place to find restaurants.

44. Maderas Negras is labeled as an island, and offers some great eco tourism.

Isla de Cerro de asseradores is also an island

45. Playa Asseradores is a small fishing town which hosts world class surfing.

46. Playa Aposentillo is a surf beach with dark sand.

47. Then to Playa Santa María del Mar which is a long stretch of sandy beach with some amazing beachfront properties

48. Playa El Manzano, has a long stretch of beaches.

49. Then up to the larger beach town of Jiquilillo, which has a rustic and unkempt charm. 

Estuary Padre Ramos which is a Nature Reserve and one of the largest mangrove estuaries left in Central America.

50. Skip up to Playa Mechapa which is a small beach town for fishing and ecotourism.

That brings us to the end of the Pacific Coast of Nicaragua and to the Cosigüina Volcano which is located in the Gulf of Fonseca, neighboring El Salvador and Honduras.

That wraps it up for the 50 main beaches on Nicaragua's Pacific Coast.  Now which one are you booking for your next vacation?