San Juan del Sur’s downtown is edged by a line of rolling hills that eventually make their way into the ocean to form its southern headland. The geography lends itself well to beautiful view property and these “hills above town” offer one of the best vantage points across the bay together with a perfect sunset orientation.
Head over the line of hills and down the other side and you’ll arrive at another bay. Smaller and rockier than the bay of San Juan del Sur, Paradise bay is named after a real estate development that started here a few years ago. Several gorgeous homes have been built to take advantage of the ocean views and close proximity to San Juan del Sur, but vacant lots are still available. It’s the combination of privacy that comes with residing on a hill and accessibility to daily necessities that underpins the popularity of the area.
As soon as you get some elevation above town, the views open up beautifully and you realize why San Juan del Sur is attracting so much interest from real estate investors, developers, retirees and so-called “lifestyle buyers”. Some lots in this area are quite steep, but local architects and builders appear to be up to the task with noteworthy designs appearing on the skyline – a few on stilts, others cascading in layers and cantilevered planes over the contours.
Compared with Talanguera or Pacifc Marlin, this southern part of San Juan del Sur remains less developed. The roads are partially paved, some sections not yet serviced with water and electricity and it can feel like a construction zone in places. But it’s catching up fast. Click here to view real estate in Remanso.
There are several small roads that wind their way into the hills on the southern edge of San Juan del Sur. The main one starts in Barrio la Planta a small suburb behind the port. To get here take the beachfront road past the Victoriana hotel and take a left at the police station, followed by an immediate right. Follow this road as it runs behind the port and curves upwards into the hills. Take a left to keep within the hills that overlook San Juan del Sur bay or keep going over the shoulder into Paradise Bay. A second way into this area is to take the road from the church plaza towards Pelican Eyes, turning right before the entrance to the hotel.