This was my first trip to San Juan Del Sur and it was an amazing experience. There are endless activities both in town and the surrounding area; a week was nowhere near enough time. The ranch is situated outside town a few miles so walking to town is not really an option, but the staff organizes frequent shuttles to get you back and forth. Also, we used the local taxis with no problem, just make sure you know what a reasonable rate is. Being a newly opened resort, there is still construction on site, but the workers are all respectful and aren't loud early morning or disruptive. We didn't spend much time on the resort, except to eat or have a few drinks before going out at night. Andy was a lot of fun to hang out with at the bar and the entire bar staff does an awesome job of keeping your drink full. If you got an all inclusive package, be sure to fully understand what is and is not included. The rooms are all nice, no AC or hot water really was not an issue, it cooled off at night and the fans did a good job circulating air in the room.
As far as activities, Luke works extremely hard to make sure to set everything up; our trip wouldn't have been the same without him. We spent a good portion of our trip surfing; Baldo was a great instructor. The dirt bike rentals are a fun way to check out some of the northern beaches and the Jesus statue. If you can set up disc golf at Marsella I would definitely recommend it, we went with Luke, Baldo and a few other guests and had a great time drinking and playing. We went to Zen yoga a few mornings, it is an awesome studio and a great way to start the day. Our last day we went on the catamaran cruise and had an awesome time. Zak and his crew work really hard and made for a really fun day on the water.
Nightlife in San Juan was great, we went to town with other people from the ranch a few nights and had a lot of fun. I would def recommend pachamama Tuesdays for open mic, black whale and iguana were a good time every time we went out as well. The ranch took care of getting us to town at night then we used local taxis to get home late night.
Overall, my experience at the ranch was incredible, I can't wait to get back and see it when it's fully built. Luke and Travis are doing a great job and I think it will only get better with experience and time. Thank you again to all of the staff at the ranch for making for an incredible trip!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Surf Ranch in San Juan Del Sur, features Nicaragua's largest skateboard park, rock climbing wall, private gym, jungle paintball, volleyball court, world class restaurant & bar, swimming pool & swim up bar, poolside cabanas, standard rooms, villas, and deluxe condos. The Surf Ranch offers many extreme sports and activities such as surfing, skateboarding, paintball, sailing, fishing, yoga, rock climbing and more. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Surf Ranch Hotel & Resort Nicaragua/San Juan Del Sur