As ships are moored or anchored in this port, you will be tendered ashore to the center of town.
When passengers arrive ashore in the new facility and step out their tender boats, they will first pass through a colorful artisans’ marketplace. At present vendor stalls are found in town along the streets. There will also be four new large stores and eight restaurants.
This is a small town. There are increasingly more and more shops, and a market area that is aimed both at locals and at tourists.
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You cannot miss the main attraction of Nicaragua's newest cruise call San Juan del Sur – the pure white sand beach stretches for more than two miles. It is perfect for swimming or for just admiring from one of the cafes along the front.
The views are equally spectacular over to the mountains and forests which are the backdrop to this ultra laid-back town (and former pirate haunt) on Nicaragua's Pacific coast, just 15 miles from the border with Costa Rica.
Although there are the ruins of the William Walker fortress to visit, this is a place really made just for chilling out. For sightseeing, you need to take the tour to Granada, one of the country's most important cities.
On the shores of 92-mile long Lake Nicaragua and overlooked by the Mombacho volcano, Granada was founded by the conquistadors in 1524 making it the country's oldest Spanish city. Nicknamed "La Gran Sultana" (the Great Sultan) after its Moorish namesake in Spain, its colonial style cathedral and plaza plus a lovely park (Colon) make it a hugely enjoyable place to walk.
San Juan del Sur itself does not offer much in the way of attractions. Besides the beach, the bars and the restaurants there is little to do in the town itself.
In the last few years a number of eco tourism companies have sprung up offering canopy tours, wildlife watching and visits to surfing beaches nearby.
It is advisable to book a tour if you don't want to stay in San Juan Del Sur.
Most people combine Granada & Las Isletas, a colonial town combined with a tour of an archipelago of 365 small islands created by volcanic activity many years ago.
A second choice will be a tour to the Masaya Volcano (Active), Masaya arts and crafts market (Biggest in Central America) and Catarian for beautiful views o the Apoyo lagoon crater lake and a taste of some of the local fruits.
Granada is the oldest colonial city in Nicaragua and the entire Western Hemisphere. Its colored colonial buildings, interesting history and relative safety make it an important tourism destination.
If you are going to take one thing home from Nicaragua it should be a hammock. Nicaraguan hammocks are among the best made and most comfortable ever.
Locals sell arts and crafts, such as hand-carved wood products and colorful paintings, direct to cruise ship visitors on the beach.
In the town’s center is San Juan del Sur market where you can find a lot of stalls that offer local meat, fruits, vegetables and other prepared food. Also in the market are stores that sell sandals, clothes and household goods. There are also stalls that offer to fix shoes and bags. It operates Monday through Saturday, closing around 4pm.
Currency Córdoba (NIO)
Spanish is the official language, though you'll find English speakers in larger cities.
Shopping hours Mon-Fri 0900-1900, Sat 0900-1800.
1 Jan New Year's Day.
1 May Labour Day.
19 Jul Liberation Day.
14 Sep Battle of San Jacinto.
15 Sep Independence Day.
2 Nov All Souls' Day.
8 Dec Immaculate Conception.
25 Dec Christmas Day.
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