The 8 Best Things to Do in Playa Maderas, Nicaragua

August 31, 2017 Karren Gelb

Discover the best top things to do in Playa Maderas, Nicaragua including Mirador del Cristo de la Misericordia, Thai Massage Playa Maderas, O Parks, WildLife and Recreation, Spanish Ya, La Flor Beach Natural Reserve, Latin American Spanish School, San Juan del Sur Beach, Playa Hermosa.
Restaurants in Playa Maderas

1. Mirador del Cristo de la Misericordia

Loma Pacific Marlin, San Juan del Sur, San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
Excellent
65%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 500 reviews

Mirador del Cristo de la Misericordia

Reviewed By johnyoung22222 - Nanaimo, Canada

I walked from our lodging, Casa Andalucia, down to the beach, forded the river at the mouth, went along the beach and then took the next road up for one block, and then turned left. From there the route is well-signed. It took about 45 minutes from our hostel. It cost $1 to enter. I arrived just before 5 p.m. and stayed until after sunset. I was the last one there. Great for photos! Although it is very windy. By the time I walked down it was quite dark, but he walk back along the beach was beautiful.

2. Thai Massage Playa Maderas

Calle Maderas 1 | 100mts up from Hotel Hulakai, Playa Maderas, San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua +505 8982 0961
Excellent
100%
Good
0%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 8 reviews

Thai Massage Playa Maderas

Tradition Thai Massage. A highly therapeutic healing art. A combination of yoga stretches and acupressure, working on energy (SEN) lines. Stimulates the body to heal itself. Deep relaxation, increased flexibility, pain relief, increased circulation, restores homeostasis and natural flow of energy. 1,5 hours for $60 or 2 hours for $80

Reviewed By Paul A

I've never had a Thai massage before and it would be accurate to suggest that it wasn't the most gentle or soothing of massages but just ninety minutes worked my body such that would have taken much longer with other techniques. Alex instinctively narrows in on parts of your body containing tension you didn't even know was there. I walked lighter after my session. See ya' next year Alex!

3. O Parks, WildLife and Recreation

Nic 224, El Ostional, Nicaragua +505 8733 5989
Excellent
33%
Good
67%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 3 reviews

O Parks, WildLife and Recreation

Reviewed By Bonnie B - Long Island

We had a great time here with our friends. We had a private tour of the park and saw lots of interesting, plants and wildlife. My daughters even saw what they think was an ocelot or a jaguar. Unfortunately, we did not get photo evidence. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable. Know that the park is still in development and can only get better (this is the reason I gave it 4 instead of 5 stars - need to leave room for the expansion) . Be prepared to walk - our tour lasted 3 or 4 hours. The trails are easy to intermediate and you will going up and down hills and strategically placed natural steps. This is not a stroll in the park. Bring lots of water and snacks. When we went the park was closed so the concession where they bake fresh breads, etc. in a brick oven was closed. There weren't really too many spots to stop and rest and get water. We were told that if we had come a week later water stations and rest areas would be plentiful, so they should be in place by now - as I said the park is in development. However, it is amazing as is. If we had brought more food with us we would have stayed longer so the kids could have used the zip-lines and played slingshot paintball. An added bonus: the park is wired, so bring your wifi devices so you can participate in recording and identifying nature and show all of your friends what a great time you are having.

4. Spanish Ya

Calle Rio Escondido | From UNO Gas Station 100 mts north, San Juan del Sur 48600, Nicaragua +505 8898 5036
Excellent
89%
Good
11%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 95 reviews

Spanish Ya

Spanish Ya, is a Spanish language school in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua. Our Spanish school offers weekly programs that include 20 hours of Spanish lessons, home-stay in private rooms with bathroom (this is from Sunday to Sunday morning, on site at the school or with a host family), three meals every day, purified water, and, also three afternoon activities during the week. Living with a Nica family, you will be immersed in a Spanish environment where you will have the opportunity to integrate into the community and use your Spanish in varied real-life situations.

Reviewed By rbcmac - Baltimore, Maryland

Yahaira, runs an amazing operation.
The teachers, activities and the home stay all ran super smooth. Actually my favorite part of my 3 week vacation was staying and knowing Lucilia from my home stay. She was so sincere and kind. With the one on one lessons and being forced to only speak in spanish you will improve your skills rapidly.
The school was professionally operated but they still made you feel like Family!!!
Thanks Spanish Ya
and special thanks to Yahaira, Claudia, and Lucilia!!

5. La Flor Beach Natural Reserve

San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua +505 8417 4295
Excellent
76%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 90 reviews

La Flor Beach Natural Reserve

Reviewed By Dabado13

Very interesting to see hundreds of turtles coming onto the beach to lay eggs. No white light allowed. Bring a red lens flash light or headlamp. Unfortunately some people wanted a photo so they used their white flash. This is unfortunate and harms the turtles. Be careful where you step and where you walk since the turtles are everywhere. Don’t forget to look up at the night sky since the stars are spectacular at this Latitude. Tour company charges $25 for transportation, ride out took about 45 minutes with part of the road being unpacked.

6. Latin American Spanish School

Avenida Real | North side of Central park, San Juan del Sur, San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua +505 2568 2158
Excellent
92%
Good
5%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 80 reviews

Latin American Spanish School

Latin American Spanish School is a non profit company, the owners are teachers from San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua with more than 19 years of teaching Spanish like second language. We offer many different courses for all levels, beginner to advanced, and special courses for professionals, travelers, investors, children and more. Come and learn Spanish living like a Nicaraguan people in a nica-families, knowing and living our culture affected for many years for the U.S.A policy!

Reviewed By DianeGuinand - Calgary, Canada

Arrived to this school with very limited Spanish knowledge. My teacher was Vanessa, and she was amazing! She was extremely professional, but she had a wonderful sense of humour, as all of the teachers at this school had. A very comfortable school setting with one on one instruction, located in the centre of the town, with wifi. I studied here 4 hrs a day for 6 days, and the time passed far to quickly. A plan for my week was made at the start, and reviewed each day. I was in Nicaragua for a dental brigade in the northern part of the country, and Vanessa made sure I had the correct terminology for the patients I would be interacting with. I was invited to join the teachers for a cultural dance presentation, salsa dancing , and Spanish Karaoke. I had a wonderful time with them outside of the class room, as I did in class!
I stayed with a beautiful Nicaraguan family, that were very considerate of me, and my needs. The house was on the main drag of SJD, a little noisy with traffic, vehicles, roasters, and Barking dogs, but that is the experience of living with a host family, and having the cultural experience. Each evening I was encouraged to talk with the family, and was served outstanding meals. I was given homework at the end of each class, which was a great review, and prepared me for the following day. I can't say enough about this school, the teachers, and my home stay! I would highly recommend LASS to anyone looking for a spanish school in San Juan del Sur! I hope to visit again Hasta Pronto!

7. San Juan del Sur Beach

San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
Excellent
35%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
26%
Poor
7%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 843 reviews

San Juan del Sur Beach

Reviewed By Chris M

So I have no idea what this place looks like during spring break but at the time that I was there in mid February it was sparsely populated. The weather was great Sunny warm Breezy ordering on Windy at some point. However there was plenty of room to walk up and down the beach or lay out without interfering with anybody else. The water was cold I'll be honest I didn't go all the way in just waited around a little bit but it was exactly what I was looking for. The town seems quite safe I walked around solo until about midnight and didn't have any problems. I would definitely recommend checking out the speech it was the highlight of my trip.

8. Playa Hermosa

San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
Excellent
54%
Good
44%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 34 reviews

Playa Hermosa

Reviewed By Lara H - Toronto, Canada

The Playa Hermosa Ecolodge has everything you could want for a day at the beach, hammocks and loungers, bar and restaurant, showers, horses, and the beautiful Pacific with a view south all the way to Costa Rica.

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