The Art is in the Streets

San Juan del Sur isn’t exactly known for its booming art scene.  But what it lacks in art galleries it makes up for in brightly painted homes, wall murals and creatively decorated storefronts.  Walk through the streets and you’ll see signs of artistic expression on just about every block.

So keep your eyes peeled and mind open.  This is one creative town.  Here are a few of our favorites…

Gato Negro

El Gato Negro

El Gato Negro’s colorfully painted exterior stimulates the creativity of the folks who pass through its doors. The shelves are lined with inspiration and the food makes you feel more connected to the earth.

Simon SaysThe creativity that is Simon Says starts at the entrance hallway and carries through to every corner of the beautifully decorated outdoor patio.  The wall mural pictured above greets you at the door. 

Volcan Music

Volcan Music

Volcan Music’s Rastafarian inspired storefront features an impressive line of hand crafted guitars and ukuleles. The vibe inside is exactly as laid back as you’d expect it to be.


You’ve got to go inside to see this one, but it’s too good not to include.  The life-size wall paintings are so life-like that you’ll easily recognize the local expats.  Truly the mark of a legendary roadhouse.

Good Times Surf Shop

The wave painted on this building just makes me want to surf. As expected, they’ve got everything you need for the beach inside. Evidence, perhaps, that a picture can be worth a thousand words.

Paso Pacifico

You’ll have to travel a little south of town to see this beautiful mural painted by Paso Pacifico on the Carlos Guzman school in the community of El Carizal. Every aspect of the painting teaches about environmental conservation.

Sandino  Mural

Directly opposite the main church you’ll find this large mural of General Augusto C. Sandino.  The building dates back to 1912 and previously served as city hall, jail and courthouse. The Sandino mural was originally painted in 1979. Its slogan “Jamas Nos Vencerán”, or “We will never be defeated”, is dedicated to the unsung heroes of the revolution.

What’s you favorite piece of street art in San Juan del Sur?


  1. don’t forget about the cool murals in the Comunidad Connect Sports Park!

    • Brooke Rundle says:

      Great point Brian! The murals at the Comunidad Connect Sports park are awesome and definitely worth a visit! Thanks for sharing.