Nicaragua is the largest country of Central America. It borders Honduras in the north and Costa Rica in the south and it houses two big lakes: Lake Managua and Lake Nicaragua. Lake Nicaragua is the biggest lake of Central America and has the only fresh-water sharks in the world! Nicaragua is acknowledged to be the safest country in Central America and has a loving and kind culture.
A tropical climate can be observed in Nicaragua. Just as in the other Central American countries, there are two seasons: the dry and the raining season. During the dry season (January – June) there is virtually no rain and trees and plants start to dry out. Once the rains come around June, July, everything starts growing and the yellow plants and leafless trees turn green and start blossoming. Towards the end of the raining season it often rains once a day. Fortunately, it just rains for a short period of time and these are often spectacular, tropical downpours. In the eastern part of the country it rains more than in the west.
There are three temperature zones in Nicaragua. In the lowlands (Pacific and Atlantic coast) temperatures vary roughly between 72° F at night and 86° F at daytime (22° C – 30° C). Temperature can reach 100° F in May (38° C). The central part of the country is about 9° F (5° C) cooler, and in the mountains in the north it’s about 18° F (10° C) cooler.
About San Juan del Sur
Once a quiet, picturesque fishing village, discovered by the Spanish Andres Niño in 1523, is now one of the most visited destinations by foreigners and locals in the country. The city of San Juan del Sur has almost everything: hotels, restaurants, bars, clubs, language schools, a post office, a central park, a municipal market, a port, a police station and the famous bay of San Juan del Sur.
This is the obligatory stopover of almost every traveler seeking for relaxation and lots of surfing on unspoilt beaches. The majority of these beaches are located throughout the municipality, including the most famous ones: Marsella, Maderas, Majagual, La Flor, Hermosa, El Coco, and El Yankee. Some of them have hotels, private houses or communities offering lodging options.
The infrastructure of the city of San Juan del Sur has changed in recent years. Today, the number of foreigners who visit and decide to buy a property to turn it into their homes, a hotel or a hostel has increased significantly. Also, tourism has brought economical development in the city. The municipal government has made improvements in public areas, such as the waterfront and the central park.
A point worth visiting when in San Juan is the ‘Jesus de la Misericoridia’ statue, located on the summit of the highest hill and built in 2008. From here, tourists have beautiful panoramic views of San Juan del Sur and its surroundings. In addition, there is a small chapel under the statue, where tourists can read about its building process.
Holy Week and the Pitahaya Festival
Holy Week is one of the busiest seasons. During this period, thousands of locals and foreigners – especially young people – visit the city for its many beach parties organized at the bay or in the neighboring beaches. Also, December 31st is a good time to visit San Juan del Sur, since there are many ‘end of the year’ parties.
Another busy season is the Pitahaya Festival, which is an initiative of a group of foreigners who live in the municipality. They organize activities to celebrate cultural diversity, music and sustainability. National and international artists, primarily from the youth scene, are invited to perform during the event. There are also surfing competitions, games, art workshops, and other entertainment activities.
Below are some photos of different locations throughout Nicaragua and of San Juan del Sur.