where to stay:
El Jardin: Enjoy your stay at this quite colorful, Mediterranean-style hostel during your time on the beaches of San Juan. Escape from the wild partiers on the beaches at this tranquil getaway that overlooks the the valley and ocean. You’ll be quite surprised at this “hostel” when the friendly owners welcome you in and take you to your clean, air-conditioned room. The isolation and overlook will enchant, while the European selection of food will delight. You can enjoy El Jardin by booking your stay now at http://www.eljardinhotel.com/en/hotel/index.htm. Room prices begin at $68 USD/night.
Buena Vista Surf Club: Turn off your smartphone and sneak away to this jungle eco-lodge on Playa Maderas in San Juan when you stay at the Buena Vista Surf Club. It’s time to start really start your vacation when you get away from work and technology at this eco-lodge when you stay in rustic cabanas, surf the waves at dawn, and finish up with a yoga class. Choose this alternative accommodation while glamping on the beaches of San Juan and you will surely not be disappointed. http://buenavistasurfclub.com/
where to eat:
Día de los donuts: Satisfy your sweet tooth with homemade baked goods, made fresh daily by a kind couple from Arizona. Pick your choice of donuts from Caramel Bacon to S’mores, made each morning by local women that Día de los donuts employs. If sweets aren’t your thing for breakfast, they also serve a donut breakfast sandwich with bacon and eggs (even local coffee too!). People are raving about the donuts at Día de los donuts, so be sure to stop on in while you’re in San Juan del Sur.
El Menu: With a menu that changes daily, this restaurant will be sure to surprise you with its local and healthy choices that are utterly delicious. Everyone will tell you to try the fresh-pressed juices, but literally everything on the menu will satisfy your hunger. Plenty of options for vegetarians as well. Try this unique spot for dinner and you will certainly be surprised by what you get. The thoughtful planning of each days menu, as well as the execution of each dish, are absolutely dynamite.