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San Juan del Sur is a growing tourist destination on the southwest Pacific coast of Nicaragua with a population of 18,500.

Local Time:

San Juan del Sur has a local time of GMT-6, or 6 hours earlier than Greenwhich Mean Time. The country does not observe Daylight Savings Time.


Like most Central American countries, the official language of Nicaragua is Spanish.


San Juan del Sur boasts a diet full of potatoes, rice and chicken, along with fresh vegetables and fruit. Their specialty is a rice and beans combination called "Gallo Pinto."


The Gold Cordoba is the national currency of Nicaragua. However, it is not uncommon to use U.S. Dollars at hotels and hostels in tourist areas, such as San Juan del Sur, as well as at Managua International Airport and the boarders to Honduras and Costa Rica.


Visitors and businesspeople staying for 90 days or less are not required to obtain a visa before entering Nicaragua. However, it is important to note that a traveler must have a passport valid for at least 6 months after the departing date from Nicaragua.

Additionally, a "Tourist Card" must be purchased for a fee of $5 (US) when entering the country.

Exit Taxes:

If leaving Nicaragua by plane, there is a $32 (US) exit tax at the airport. If exiting by car or bus, the tax is $6 (US) at the boarder.


Travelers on any budget can find nice, comfortable accommodations in San Juan del Sur. In town there are multiple hostels renting clean beds for around $7 (US) a night, as well as plenty of mid-ranged hotels. Up-scale accommodations can be found at one of the numerous vacation homes situated on the hills around San Juan del Sur and the surrounding beaches for around $2,000 (US) per week.

Health Care:

Health care is free in Nicaragua for both locals and foreigners. There is a clinic in town in the case of an emergency.

The are no required vaccinations for entering Nicaragua.


When traveling anywhere, it is important to take general safety precautions. Be aware of where your passport and valuables are at all times. When staying at hostels or hotels, you should ask if there is a safe available for guests and check the quality of locks on the doors. Most places will have a gate on the front door that is locked at night, as well and requires a special key to enter.

San Juan del Sur is a relatively safe place compared to many parts of Nicaragua. However, robberies do happen, especially at night, so it is advised to take a taxi if traveling for a distance.

March 31, 2010 change by alywat

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