Vibrant sunset over the ocean. Click. Perfectly shaped rolling waves. Click. Lush exotic jungle. Click. Brightly colored colonial buildings. Click.
No question, San Juan del Sur is photogenic. So whether you’re after an awesome selfie to make your friends jealous, or just a picture to capture the memory of your adventure in Nicaragua, here are a few of our favorite photo spots.
1. A Birds-eye View from the Jesus Statue
This is the best opportunity for a 360 degree of San Juan del Sur. Standing almost 80 feet tall (24 meters), it’s the one of the tallest 10 Jesus statues on the planet. And it’s perfectly positioned atop the rocky ledge of Pacific Marlin. Believe it or not, it’s only a 45 minute walk from town. Visiting hours are 8am – 5pm and the entrance fee is $1 for Nationals and $2 for tourists. The photo of yourself and your friends towering above Nicaragua’s most picturesque bay…priceless.
2. Starting off point of the Da Flying Frog’s Zip-line Canopy Tour
High up in the hills in the neighborhood of Palermo, you’ll find sweeping views of San Juan del Sur’s horseshoe bay at the first platform of the zip-line canopy tour. In fact, it’s the location where the cover photo of the Insider Guide was taken. It’s possible to hike up the trail to the viewpoint, but really the zip-line canopy tour should be on your to do list.
3. In the Ocean
The greatest natural resource around here is the ocean. Offering year round warm water, consistent waves for surfing and a variety of sea life, ocean lovers can find their own little slice of heaven. The beaches are pristine in this part of the world. So whether you’re snorkeling, fishing, swimming or surfing, you’ll want a water proof camera. Some surf shops even rent boards with a Go Pro mount.
4. The Edge of the Infinity Pool at Pelican Eyes
Possibly one of the most photographed spots in town, and yet these photos still never get old. You don’t have to be a hotel guest to capture this image. Restaurant guests at La Canoa have pool access and you can pay for a day pass to use the pool. Dive in, swim to the edge, pause to soak up the scenery and snap. It’s the perfect Kodak kissing spot.
5. Horseback Riding on the Beach
Because how many places in the world can you really gallop a horse on a remote beach? Disclaimer: Hold on to tight to the harness if you’re taking a selfie. In all honesty, you’re better off keeping two hands on the horse and leaving the photo taking to the experts at Rancho Chilamate.
6. In the back of a Truck
One of the simplest pleasures down here is riding in the back of a pick-up truck, preferably on the way to the beach, through a jungle or across a river. Capture the essence of freedom. Good luck trying to hold the camera still.
If you’ve got a great selfie in San Juan del Sur, we want to see it. Send us your photo or hashtag it at #GetSanJuandelSur on Instagram.