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San Juan del Sur is a port on the Pacific coast of south western Nicaragua.
 Get in
From Rivas take a taxi or the bus directly to San Juan del Sur. It is about a 1 hour ride. "Colectivo" taxis cost 25 cordobas per person, no matter how full the taxi is. However, that means the driver might try to fill up the taxi before leaving. Taxi drivers are honest as to whether it is a colectivo or not. The easiest place to find taxis from Rivas is from the bus terminal.
In Rivas, there are buses south (to the Costa Rican border), and north to Managua.
 Get around
Walk. The town is small. There are also constant offers of "Taxi, Sir?". Some hotels have shuttle service to other beachs.
There's a couple of coloured houses which land on every tourist's camera but that's about the beauty of San Juan.
Hang out, talk, drink, eat. It is very laid back here. Move a bit and you might find a good beach to surf.
Rent bicycles and explore the smaller beaches to the south and north. They cost $5 per day to rent, but are not in very good condition.
Take a day trip water taxi to Playa Madera, north of San Juan de Sur for $8. Sign up at the stand in front of Hotel Estrella. It leaves about 10AM and returns at 4PM. The boat ride is about half an hour.
There is a light house that no longer resembles a light house. But the point is not the destination, rather the journey. The view of the coast and the bay of San Jan de Sur is amazing. To get there, pass through the small port entrance, find the overseer of the property where the light house is and convince him you won't take pictures of anything. If he lets you pass, keep your promise.
This is a small town. There are shops and a market area aimed at local needs. You will not find much targeted to travelers. But there's an English library with a café in it, wide range of all kinds of different books, just ask your way around, it's not hard to find.
There are a string of open air cafe/restaurants along the waterfront. They serve excellent fresh seafood. You get local breakfast offers in the market where there's a few little Sodas in a row.
You are in Nicaragua, so drink Flor De Cana.
 Get out
To leave, head to the market to get a bus or taxi to Rivas. From there buses go either up to the North (Granada, Managua) or down to Costa Rica.