by Andy in Cool Travel on Thursday 3 July 2008

A colonial-style fishing village on the Pacific coast of Nicaragua, San Juan Del Sur is becoming a popular tourist location but has remained largely unspoiled by the tourist dollar. The spectacular harbour still has many fishing boats dotted amongst the vessels of vacationers, and the road to get here from the Costa Rican border barely resembles a road at all. It’s got that undeveloped charm that we all know won’t last forever, which makes the place infinitely more attractive. For the surfers out there who don’t already know, this part of Nicaragua is renowned for having offshore winds all day. Yup, you heard correctly. All day. You can arrive at one of the many local breaks, surf all day, and finish with a wave as good as your first. It’s just incredible, almost like living some dream where the waves pump as if from a machine. The swell isn’t quite as consistent as the neighbouring surfing mecca of Costa Rica, but hey, the town, the winds and the sheer economic value more than make up for it.