Beach-Bound Sojourn

Nicaragua’s beaches come in all colors: gorgeous white stretches of wide-open beach lapping both Caribbean and Atlantic coasts, darker sandy coves along Lake Nicaragua and those lovely dark beaches north of the fishing town of San Juan del Sur that draw beginning and expert surfers. Actually San Juan del Sur has become a desirable destination for surfers and seaside-loving travelers alike, for they find extra rich experiences not only from uncrowded beaches, but from the ecological richness of nearby turtle nesting sites, leisure sailing and deep-sea fishing, heart-stopping sunsets, and a relaxed resort vibe—Nica-style. Before heading off to the Pacific coast, we start this vacation off in Granada with some cultural touring, fine dining and Mombacho Volcano adventure.

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Granada city & San Juan del Sur town
DEPARTURE TIME To check locally
RETURN TIME To check locally
WEAR & BRING Comfortable Clothes ( Sandals or thongs, shorts, tennis shoes, t-shirt, Swimwear)  sunglasses, sun block , camera.
INCLUDED   A/C Transportation, Bilingual Guide, Entrance fees to the different attractions, Daily Breakfast
NOT INCLUDED Personal expenses, Entry & Exit from International Airport in Managua, Meals & Tours or services not specified in the itinerary, Personal and/or medical expenses,  all optional tours or activities during free time, transfers outside of the tour program.

DAY 1: Granada

On your arrival at Managua International Airport, Careli Tours representative will meet you and transfer you and your luggage to your hotel in Granada, one of the oldest cities in the Americas, sitting alongside Lake Nicaragua.  The balance of the day and evening at leisure, to rest and have a first walk about this lovely and lively colonial town.

DAY 2: Granada

Your Careli Tours guide will pick you up at your hotel to start from the lively Central Plaza, taking an overview tour of the churches and mansions by horse-drawn carriage, as the settlers did in colonial times. Then on foot, you’ll visit the La Merced Church, the Municipal Market, La Polvora Fortress and the Convento San Franciso whose museum exhibits mysterious stone carvings and idols made by pre-Columbian cultures inhabiting islands in Lake Nicaragua.  In the afternoon, we will pick you up for a half-day adventure in the Mombacho Volcano National Reserve. Looming above Granada, this enormous cloud forest is dense with lush vegetation that has grown untouched during the centuries since the last volcanic activity was recorded. We will follow the network of trails near the top of the volcano, introducing you to this rich natural world of flora and fauna.

DAY 3: Granada

After breakfast, enjoy touring by single or double kayaks along the beautiful Asese Peninsula, between the towering Mombacho Volcano on the land side and the famous “Isletas” islands of Lake Nicaragua—the largest lake in Central America—on the other.  The tour lasts about 2.5 hours, plenty of time to see many of the 246 species of birds that inhabit this water stretch.  Afternoon and evening at leisure to enjoy further exploring Granada, shopping, and dining around at one (or more) of the outdoor cafes along the Calle La Calzada.

Day 4: San Juan del Sur

Your driver will pick you up after breakfast, for you’re on your way today (a 1.5-hour drive) to San Juan del Sur, a small, once-sleepy, colorful fishing village that spreads along a sandy crescent of Nicaragua’s Pacific coast, now transformed into the country’s main seaside destination. Travelers are drawn to its laid-back charm, a beach lined with little restaurants serving up the fresh catch of the day plus lobster and shrimp, perfect sunsets, and the fact that it sits amid a string of great beaches offering surfing, fishing, sailing or just glorious beaching-it. San Juan’s beach party of a different kind takes place at Playa La Flor, one-mile stretch of wildlife preserve and the scene of the annual (July to December) nighttime arribada (the arrival)—the mass turtle hatchings and their spectacular but treacherous rush to the sea.

Day 5: San Juan del Sur

Today you have a choice of excursions:Get birds-eye perspective of San Juan del Sur on a two-hour, two-mile zip lining adventure through the forest with Da Flying Frog whose 16 cables connect 17 platforms. Keep Or Take a guided horseback tour around farms and along local beaches. Guides will match horse and rider, making this tour safe and suitable for both experienced and beginning riders.

Day 6: San Juan del Sur

On today’s excursion, set sail aboard Pelican Eyes Resort’s 41-ft. sailing sloop, for a full day of cruising along Nicaragua’s lovely Pacific coast, anchoring for beachcombing and swimming, onboard watching pelicans dive and seagulls Dance.  The full day’s sail includes lunch and most certainly a brilliant sunset.
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Days 7 & 8: San Juan del Sur

This day, and tomorrow, are at leisure to make your own arrangements:  to head into the village and make new friends; to find your favorite beach, easily accessed by land or water taxi; to set up some serious surfing bookings; to luxuriate around the hotel pool and enjoy the gardens.  At the same time, The Pelican Eyes Resort offers its guests a full menu of excursions. They will include:
  • Surfing: Arrangements to surf some of the best surfing breaks in the world—the most famous beach is Playa Maderas (20 minutes from the hotel).  Surfing and surfing lessons are available to all levels of expertise.
  • Fishing: The catch of the day can include the big rooster fish, sierra mackerel, yellow tuna,snapper and many more. The resort’s experienced captain knows where they’re at.
  • Night tour to Playa La Flor for turtle nesting observation (in season)
  • Treatments and massage at the Tranquila Day Spa
  • Yoga classes
  • Spanish classes
  • Overnight at Pelican Eyes Resort (Breakfast included)

Day 9: Departure

After breakfast, we will pick you up at the hotel and transfer you to Managua International Airport.
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