A Superb Panorama Awaits You At El Jardin Hotel & Restaurant

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Overlooking the superb panorama of Nacascolo bay, this 11 roomed boutique hotel has one of the best views of the area. And, around here, that’s saying something…

Perched on a hill and drenched in a spectrum of bright paint colors, the boxy architecture of the hotel cleverly exploits the areas greatest resources – sun and sea. The large swimming pool is surrounded by sprawling terraces and chaise longues to laze around in. Those seeking a shadier spot can steal away to smaller seating areas dotted around the place, or retreat to their private terrace (most of the rooms have one).
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Fundación Tierra (Earth Fund)

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Since its formation in 2007, Fundación Tierra has served, supported and touched the lives of individuals in over 27 communities throughout Nicaragua and primarily around San Juan del Sur. To date the foundation has built 79 latrines, constructed 2 schools, installed 275 eco ovens, distributed 620 water filters, dug 3 wells, and conducted hygiene training clinics in 8 rural communities. And if those statistics aren’t impressive enough, the fund also currently provides salaries for 21 school teachers and continues the ongoing maintenance and training needed to support the water filters that have been distributed to ensure clean drinking water.

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We’ve Got a Lot of Love for Howler Bar

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“Would you like that served in a coconut, chicas?”

We’d just ordered two spicy rum drinks and started a conversation with the friendly barman. “Yes please!” we answered. I mean who doesn’t want a drink served in a coconut? It’s an appropriate introduction to Howler Bar, a hip new entrant on San Juan del Sur’s bar scene.

The place is fast building a reputation for the most creative cocktail and food menu around town. On our visit everyone was ripping into their fantastic garlic fries and knocking back Mojitos. But we went straight for the beautifully marinated beef kebabs and Howler ensalada. And those drinks we ordered? Perfectly balanced and outrageously spicy (we went for the jalapeño number).

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Gaby’s Spa and Massage Studio: Learn to Relax from the Local Experts

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Photo Credit : David Kalani

While there are no shortage of massage options in San Juan del Sur, Gaby’s Spa and Massage Studio has the longest history of quality of service. Over the years I have watched Gaby transform her humble studio into a beautiful two story spa. Gaby is a “San Juanero” born and raised in San Juan del Sur and educated at a university for alternative physical therapy in Managua. This business is 100% locally owned and operated. She has personally hired and trained all of her local employees to perfect the techniques of Shiatsu, Swedish and deep tissue massages.

Located in the heart of San Juan just a 1/2 block east of the Municipal Market. Step off the street and into Gaby’s air-conditioned studio, take in the sweet smell of floral incense and let your ears rest upon the gentle music. Welcome to vacation. Gaby’s spa feels like a world away. Choose your style and let Gaby and her girls guide you to a place of relaxation.

Prices:

30 minutes $15
60 minutes $30
90 minutes $45

Gaby’s Spa and Massage Studio

PachaMama: Every day is Sunday Funday

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If San Juan del Sur had a Funk Zone, PachaMama would be the heart of it. The owners have transformed this old colonial building into an adult playground with eye candy on every wall. 

Located only 1 block off the beach, and close to the  popular Howler Bar, this hostel is the best $8.50 bed in San Juan del Sur. Privates are available for $25.

All rooms have cable tv, optional air conditioning and free daily breakfast. Wifi is available though out the house so you can update your facebook page to make sure your friends know how much fun you are having.  Between daily surf trips and nightly theme parties, every day has the potential to be the best day ever at Pacha.

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Experience all the luxuries of modern urban living on the beach!

It might seem like an oxymoron, but this modern beach townhouse is a reality in San Juan del Sur.
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This two bedroom two and one-half bathroom townhouse features a roof top terrace with a view of the bay, shared access to a community pool, in addition to an outdoor cooking and garden area.

Stargaze from your very own roof top terrace or enjoy a cocktail on your private shaded balcony while watching the waves crash on the beach in San Juan del Sur. It is conveniently located walking distance to all the beach front restaurants and bars. With wifi, air-conditioning, stainless steal appliances, and custom designed local furniture, it will be difficult to leave the comforts of your vacation rental. This home will tempt you to turn your vacation into a lifestyle.

Rates vary depending on the season, however we can now get you discounts on long term rentals.

US $650 per week
US$1500 per month.

Pelican Eyes Hotel and Resort: Luxury On San Juan del Sur’s Doorstep

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If you had the pick of any location in San Juan del Sur for a hotel, you’d probably choose Pelican Eyes. While there may be higher hills overlooking the bay, few locations deliver the magic combination of full bay views and close proximity to downtown while still managing to feel a million miles away from it all.

From the minute you drive past the the pair of pelicans gracing the entrance gate, you’ll be impressed. The hay-bale construction of this resort allows for a curved, flowing design that befits the contoured landscape. The collection of individually designed studios, multi-story town homes and family sized villas are linked by winding hand made brick pathways. Each turn delivers a surprise – a fountain, an intimate little plaza or a small statue.

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Tranquila Day Spa at Pelican Eyes Resort : Get Pampered

You now have an excuse to pamper yourself every day of the week.  This summer the Tranquila Day Spa at Pelican Eyes Resort is offering daily specials on facials, manicures, pedicures, body cocoons and all types of massages.  Whether you have achy feet from a long travel day or just need a well deserved massage to fully enjoy your vacation, there is no better place in town than the Tranquila Day Spa overlooking the bay at San Juan del Sur’s finest resort.  Every day is a holiday at the Tranquila Day Spa.

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Pan de Vida: Raising the Bread Bar in San Juan del Sur

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I find it hard to imagine my eating life in San Juan del Sur without Pan de Vida. The artisan bakery opened its doors in 2008 and has been turning out gorgeous breads, cookies and cakes ever since. They also run a popular line in briny rosemary focaccias (especially delicious in my view), chewy sourdough breads, plump cinnamon raisin loaves and gutsy coffee cakes.

How did we manage without it? The answer: A four hour round trip to La Colonia supermarket in Managua. Before Pan de Vida, if you lived in San Juan del Sur, that was the only way to get good quality bread.

Now all we have to do is follow the enticing scent of fresh baked bread into downtown San Juan del Sur, push open the swing doors and choose between the loaves piled high on wooden tables or arranged in wicker baskets in an antique cupboard. Even if a loaf is the only thing on your list, you’ll probably walk away with something else bought on impulse – a chocolate chip cookie maybe, perhaps cornbread or a couple of slices of carrot cake, lovingly wrapped in brown paper.

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Howler Bar Grand Opening & Naked Tiger Anniversary Party : Double Trouble

DJ Evan Rhodes & Johnny G will be lighting up the beach with tunes on Saturday, April 20th at the grand opening of Howler Bar, San Juan de Sur’s newest beach front drinking spot.  The grand opening coincides with the Naked Tiger Hostel’s 2 year anniversary party guaranteeing double trouble.  Entry cover costs 50 cordoba ($1.50) which also gets you a free shot of Nicaraguan rum to kick off the party.

 

Naked Tiger Howler Bar Party