San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

San Juan del Sur is a tender port – Ships have to anchor off San Juan del Sur and tender passengers ashore by boat. When tendering is required, guests using mobility devices will not be transferred into or out of the tender. Many tender ports do not provide wheelchair access so even if the guest can board the tender they may not be able to disembark ashore. Again the shore-side facilities, movement of the tender, weather and tidal conditions can also preclude tendering.

San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

San Juan del Sur is a coastal town in south west Nicaragua, Central America.

The main attraction in San Juan Del Sur is the beach. San Juan del Sur beach is an almost perfect “U” shape and is surrounded by mountains. Boat rides to neighbouring beaches, sports fishing, diving and whale watching can all be found here. Swimming is possible in the tranquil waters, but there are a lot of boats on the bay.

For walkers, there are a couple of hikes around San Juan del Sur. One is to hike to the lighthouse on the top of San Juan’s southern headland and a shorter option is to go past the port to the southern tip of the bay along the water.

In the past few years, local eco-tour companies have been offering canopy tours, wildlife watching and beach visits.

The nearby town of Masaya is just east of Masaya Volcano (Volcán de Masaya), an active volcano from which the city takes its name. The town also has a tourist oriented market with souvenirs and handicrafts.

Granada is the oldest colonial city in Nicaragua and is a popular trip for visitors.

The disabled cruiser visiting San Juan del Sur

Since the cruise ship does not dock and the disabled cruiser is tendered to the island from out in the harbor; if the water is too rough, the captain may not let the disabled cruiser off the ship. Anyone with limited mobility would have some difficulty. Anyone in a wheelchair would have to be carried on and off the tender.

Where You’re Docked

San Juan del Sur is an anchorage port. Passengers transfer to shore via ship’s tender.

Cruise ships anchor and tender passengers ashore.

Taxis are available.

This is a small town, for attractions beyond San Juan del Sur, it is advisable to book a ship’s excursion.

Good to Know

Heavy traffic 

Getting Around

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The official currency is the Cordoba.


The official language in San Juan del Sur 


You can find shops and beachfront restaurants along San Juan Del Sur’s main street. There is a small market by the bus terminal and shops in the area. Souvenirs include hand carved wood products, paintings and hammocks.

Nicaraguan cuisine includes a mix of indigenous, Spanish and Creole cuisines. Corn is a main staple and used in popular local dishes such as ‘nacatamal’ (filled corn dough dish) and ‘indio viejo’ (beef and vegetable stew).

Points of Interest

  • San Juan del Sur – a seven-

San Juan del Sur Accessible Excursions

Whether your cruise ship stops in 

San Juan del Sur Accessible Guided Tour

This 4 hour accessible