In general, Nicaragua is largely unspoiled. The country is home to the second largest rainforest outside of the Amazon with pristine coastline stretching on both the Pacific and the Caribbean. Due to years of political unrest and guerrilla warfare, most tourists left Nicaragua alone flocking to other Latin American countries such as Costa Rica and Panama. While these two countries in particular were becoming well-oiled tourist machines, Nicaragua was settling into its current state of becoming a nearly untouched paradise for backpackers and low-key tourists and surfers.
Here are photos from my experience in San Juan del Sur:
Roughly a 2.5 hour drive from Managua Airport, San Juan del Sur is well worth the visit. This largely untouched string of beaches is a surfer's paradise. I, myself, am not a surfer, but I can see why many love this area of the coastline. Like most of Nicaragua, San Juan is far from developed and commercialized leaving many beaches unspoiled. It is the perfect vacation spot for a quiet day spent in crystal clear waters. These photos were taken at Playa Amarillo, Playa Gigante, and Playa La Redonda.
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I happen to be in Nicaragua at a unique time in terms of weather. An earthquake hit El Salvador and a hurricane was rolling in from the east all while another earthquake hit Japan causing tsunami warnings for us on the West Coast. Right after the above photo was taken, our phones lit up with mandatory tsunami evacuations. Fortunately, no tsunami ever came, but the hurricane weather definitely kept the skies overcast, a welcome relief from the bright sun, but the cause of the grey washed photos nonetheless.