This picturesque beach town is the country’s most popular travel and vacation spot on the Pacific coast, as well as one of the most frequented towns by surfers. Once a peaceful fishing village, San Juan del Sur became an important transit point during California’s gold rush era via its Cornelius Vanderbilt route. The town would go on to slumber once the gold rush saw its end before hitting another boom in real estate.
The town is situated on a crescent-shaped bay of the same name and cloistered by prehistoric volcanic hills. Possible to be explored in approximately an hour, San Juan del Sur offers an interesting mix of local culture with a complete and diversified offering of tourist amenities including resorts, shops, restaurants, clubs, a central park, and language schools.
There are a number of wildlife reserves and unspoiled beaches (among the famous ones are beaches such as La Flor, Las Salinas, and El Yankee) to be visited along the coast, where you can enjoy activities such as surfing, scuba diving, exploring, fishing, horseback riding, canopy or rappelling tours, sailing, and whale watching.
Standing over 439 feet above sea level, on the summit of the highest hill, is the Christ of the Mercy statue. The location affords beautiful panoramic views of San Juan del Sur and its surroundings, and below is a small church where you can learn about its construction. You can also hike to see the old lighthouse and the nearby ruined fort of William Walker.
Located on a 4,000 acre expanse of Nicaraguan jungle, nearly half of Morgan’s Rock is a government-protected reserve. The remainder of this breathtaking property is set aside for low-impact agriculture (which provides our restaurant with freshest produce, meat, and dairy) and our award-winning accommodations. Fifteen exquisite bungalows await, constructed of natural materials and tucked gracefully into the lush jungle. A short walk away, our friendly restaurant staff serves up authentic and delicious local specialties as well as other international fare always using the freshest ingredients. Beyond the open air dining room and veranda, the serenity of the lodge’s pool is yours to enjoy as well as a mile long stretch of sandy beach where you’ll undoubtedly be spending plenty of time. Gorgeous views abound here and from nearly every spot at Morgan’s Rock. We encourage you to take the time, whether on your private terrace, the beach or from the restaurant to admire the fiery sunsets and starry nights that punctuate each day. Come join us in beautiful Nicaragua to experience the wilds of nature, seaside serenity, cultural connections, exciting excursions and time spent in barefoot luxury that you’ll never forget!
Mukul is a luxury boutique hotel and spa in Guacalito de la Isla, a new low-density private beach community on Nicaragua’s Emerald Coast. Mukul – “mukul” is the Mayan word for “secret” – features 37 spacious accommodations, each with an ocean view, pool and private staff. Other resort amenities include Spa Mukul, with six private spa-treatment casitas sanctuaries; a beach club featuring dining and lounge areas and a swimming pool; and the 18-hole Guacalito Golf Course. Guests enjoy access to the property’s four miles of white-sand beach and rugged coastline, and 12 kilometers of nature trails on which they can hike or bike to observe the four species of monkeys and other wildlife that reside in the lush coastal forest. Guests can also explore Nicaragua through customized experiences that introduce them to the nature, culture and people of this up-and-coming tourism destination, known as the “land of lakes and volcanoes”.