Things to do in San Juan del Sur and Southern Nicaragua
while staying at Rancho Cecilia
besides Surfing at Playa Maderas!
Want to take a day or overnight trip to one of the surrounding areas?
Granada is Nicaragua's oldest Spanish city. Founded in 1524 this
colonial town has trim churches, a palm lined plaza and colorful
architecture. It stands at the foot of Volcan Mombacho on the
northwestern shore of Lago de Nicaragua with its' Las Isletas, a group
of 365 diminutive islands.
Volcan Mombacho was declared a protected area in 1999 and has a
biological research station and a self guided trail which transverses
the cloud forest.
Las Isletas, the little islands, just off shore from Granada were
formed 10,000 years ago when Volcan Mombacho erupted. Many of
the islands are inhabited and easily accessed by boat. They have bars
and restaurants to enjoy lunch or dinner. Egrets, herons and cranes
are commonly seen around the islands.
The village of Catarina is a great place for buying plants and furniture
and is known for its mirador (lookout) which has sweeping views of
Laguna de Apoyo. Take a trip down to the lagoon and enjoy swimming
in the calm, clean, warm waters.
Ometepe is the ecological jewel of the area. Sparsely developed it has
views of Volcan Concepcion and Volcan Maderas from which the island
was formed. Many small villages dot the shores and hiking, kayaking,
boating and horse back ridding are a few of the activities available.
Petroglyphs of indigenous art are found on the island.
Masaya is the cradle of Nicaragua folklore. Visit the Mercado Viejo,
the main arts and craft market and the center for cultural activities.
Hammocks, basketry, wood carvings, paintings, ceramics and
leatherwork are a few of the items to be found in Masaya.
Or take a trip south to Refugio de
Vida Silvestre La Flor. Playa La Flor
is one of the world's principal nesting
areas for the endangered Olive
Ridley turtle. July through January
is nesting season.
San Juan del Sur
Downtown San Juan del Sur
How about things to do outside of the town of San Juan del Sur,
go north to Playa Maderas!
The Playa Maderas neighborhood is located about 10 kilometers north of town.
Playa Maderas is known for its great surfing and is the most consistent surf
spot in Southern Nicaragua and there are many other fun activites to do!
Marsella Valley Park
is located on the
road to Playa
and has a Frisbee
Disk Golf Course,
BBQ area and
Looking for more
information about the town
of San Juan del Sur
check out this website
Day Trips from San Juan del Sur
Looking for hotels in
Playa Maderas how
Check out all the fun adventure activites you can do
while enjoying your vacation with Rancho Cecilia
How about a stroll around the plaza and the church with the locals.
Or stop at the Mercado for provisioning of fresh veggies and fruit. Stop at the carniceria for fresh chicken or meat.
Want to learn Spanish? There are many Spanish language schools
in town with customized courses for beginners to advanced speakers
Lets go to San Juan del Sur!
Want to go
There are day
trips and sunset
And, check out this
great blog on our
San Juan del Sur