Marketed by local real estate developers as “an extension of San Juan del Sur” Nacasolo bay is indeed on San Juan del Sur’s doorstep. It’s the first bay you get to as you head north out of town. Just skirt behind the Pacific Marlin headland and you’ve arrived. For many this is an ideal location: close enough to downtown to take advantage of all it has to offer, yet far enough away to escape the noise.
But you won’t be able to see very much from the road. For the views you have to get up into the hills. If you’re lucky enough to have a friend who owns a house perched somewhere on the hillside, try to get a drinks invitation. Alternatively head into Los Miradores or El Encanto del Sur, two popular real estate developments overlooking the bay; or drop into El Jardin, a delightful boutique hotel and restaurant with a commanding position at the top of the hill.
Once you get some altitude the views are superb, and the sunsets spectacular. Tall hills roll down to the ocean and hug their arms around the blue water of Nacascolo bay. It could almost be a painted backdrop. If you climb high enough and look to the east, you’ll be able to see the twin volcanoes of Ometepe island soaring out of Lake Nicaragua into the clouds. From other spots you can gaze through a break in the hills straight down into the the bay of San Juan del Sur.
If you’re on a property quest and you don’t mind driving over a few bumpy sections – the road from San Juan del Sur, while short, is still unpaved – this is an area worth checking out. There are some real bargains to be had. After all, where else in the world can you buy an ocean view lot for less than $50,000 just a few minutes from a vibrant tourism destination? Bear in mind that Nacascolo bay is owned by the military and access to the beach is restricted. But the beaches of Maderas, Marsella and Majagual are just a short drive away. The neighborhood of Nacascolo is anchored by the development of El Encanto. Click here to view real estate for sale in Nacascolo.
After passing the Pali grocery store as you head out of town, take the next left. The road is signposted to El Jardin, Morgans Rock and the beaches of Marsella, Maderas and Majajual and starts off paved. At La Talanguera the paving ends, the road winds up a little passing Bahia del Sol on the right and the back entrance to Pacific Marlin on the left. Continue until you see signs for El Encanto del Sur and El Jardin Hotel on your right and you’ve arrived.