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This retreat features energizing yoga, waves for all surfing abilities, delicious food, and great company. Yoga classes take part at the studio in town and also anytime you wish around the resort, including the Surf Ranch's breezy patio overlooking the pool, with views of lush mountains and howler monkeys cheering you on. When you're not practicing yoga, you can lounge by the pool, improve your surfing skills, and dine on fresh, healthy meals.
During this retreat, you will be staying in a standard room. There are 12 standard rooms that are equipped with hot water, air conditioning, and duvet covers. All of the standard rooms have a shared rooftop terrace in which you have full access. Each room comes with a private bathroom and shower, one queen size bed or two single beds, towels, shampoo and soap, desk and chair, bedside table, ceiling fan, and free wireless internet.
The Surf Ranch offers one of the most thorough and professional yoga classes in Nicaragua. You will be taught by one of its professional in-house instructors. The classes are based on various types of yoga and will allow you to increase your balance, build your endurance, and get you focused to improve your surfing skills.
Please sign up for yoga at least one day in advance. Upon arriving, you will be greeted by one of the instructors. They will then provide you with the yoga mats and blocks that you will need throughout the session. You will then start the class with soothing background music playing, overlooking the resort and pool.
Upon completion of the class, feel free to hang out in the pool, or try any of the activities. The classes are from Monday to Friday and they take place at the Surf Ranch or at the yoga studio in town.
The Surf Ranch is Nicaraguas first and only action sports resort, featuring Nicaraguas largest skateboard park, jungle paintball course, rock climbing wall, airbag jump, volleyball court, world class restaurant and bar, swim up bar, poolside, cabanas, standard rooms, villas, and deluxe condos. The Surf Ranch offers many extreme sports and activities such as surfing, skateboarding, sailing, fishing, yoga, paintball, rock climbing, and more. Whether you are looking for an adventure or to just simply getaway and relax, the Surf Ranch has it all. It is located in the tropical town of San Juan del Sur, two hours southwest from the main capital, Managua.
San Juan del Sur is a municipality and coastal town on the Pacific Ocean, in the Rivas region in south-west Nicaragua. San Juan del Sur is popular among surfers and is a vacation spot for many Nicaraguan families and foreign tourists. Its population is approximately 18,500 consisting largely of families engaged in fishing and foreigners from the United States, Canada, and Europe.
While the local economy was, for many years, based on fishing and shipping, it has shifted towards tourism in the last 20 years. San Juan del Sur, set aside the crescent-shaped bay, was a popular resting place for American gold prospectors headed to California in the 1850s. Correspondingly, San Juan del Sur served as a hub for Cornelieus Vanderbilt Lines. Nowadays, it has been the set for Hollywood and TV shows, such as Survivor.
San Juan del Surs streets are lined with charming homes and store fronts built of wood and painted in vibrant colors. Mornings are greeted with the sounds of roosters and church bells, and the town market comes alive where fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables are brought in for sale. Taxi and bus drivers congregate on Market Street, where they whistle and announce the next departure for Rivas or Managua, or offer their services to drive you to a local beach for the day.
The crescent shaped bay is speckled with local fishing boats, sail boats, sport fishing yachts, and on some days, a large cruise ship bringing visitors in for a day. Thatch-roofed or palapa roof bars and restaurants line the long, sandy beach and serve cold drinks, fresh seafood, and traditional Nicaraguan cuisine. At sunset, both locals and visitors gather at the waters edge to relax and watch children play soccer on the beach.
Almost all tourists and travelers who visit San Juan Del Sur, usually end up staying for years after or come back to visit. There seems to be an attractive aura and a special charm to the town. More often than not, you will meet the locals and local expats who have stayed and have been living in San Juan Del Sur for years. Once you meet them, you will be introduced to a new circle of lifelong friends.
Three healthy and nutritonal balanced meals are served per day from the all inclusive menu. This also includes unlimited beverages including water, juice, beer, rum, and cocktails. The Surf Ranch restaurant offers a local Nicaraguan and worldwide menu. You have the option of where you would like to dine, including poolside under thatch roof cabanas, at the swim up bar, on the second floor of the restaurant, and even in your villa or condo. The restaurant is open from 07:30 to 23:00, everyday of the week, and is open to guests and visitors.
This is the only tower drop to giant inflatable airbag in Nicaragua. You can jump or flip off the tower into the huge giant inflatable airbag. The tower platforms are 12 feet and 20 feet high. This is one of the funnest things to do and you must try it, after all we offer it for free to all resort guests and only 5 USD for drop ins.
Want to explore San Juan in style? Simply book any of the above vehicles at the reception. You will then be driven to town to get equipped on the vehicle of your choice. The prices are per hour, if you rent for five or eight hours, the price per hour will be cheaper, please ask at the reception. The ATV's and motorcycles range from 15 USD to 45 USD per hour, depending on the type of vehicle.
There is a billiards table located above the reception, beside the bar, on the lower platform. The balls and cues are already at the table and use of the pool table is free for all guests and visitors.
Come sail on Nicaraguas first and only catamaran yacht charter. You will be taken on the ride of your life, exploring the tropical coastline of Nicaragua. Whether its for fishing, hanging out with new friends, exploring, snorkeling, partying, or simply just getting away from it all. Captain Zach Meyer and the crew will cater to your every need, never letting your glass get empty and providing you with snacks and fresh ceviche.
An English speaking captain and fishing guide takes you out on a 25-foot yacht. You will be trawling and fishing from the boat five miles out in the ocean (beautiful perspective of Nicaragua). You will be fishing for mackerel and mahi mahi, among other types of fish. For six to eight hour trips, it includes sandwiches, pizza, and drinks. The cost is 55 USD per person (two person minimum) for two and a half hours, 330 USD total for six people (six hours), and 440 USD total for six people (eight hours).
There is a large gym in San Juan Del Sur equipped with a variety of exercise machines and equipment. There is also a boxing ring and MMA training area. They play music while you work out and you can also buy water, smoothies, and even get a massage. The cost is 3 USD per person to enter, but if you are a guest at the Surf Ranch, you get free entry.
The rides cater to the adventurous traveler and they also host smaller, intimate groups of up to six riders for guided trail rides. They take you through the valleys, across rivers, small villages, dry tropical forests, mountain tops, and of course the beaches. You will first meet your horse and receive a brief introduction, cowboy boots, and a cowboy hat. The rides include your choice of sunsets, mountain ridges, beach, or night tours.
They have an on-site massage at the Surf Ranch, you can choose to get it done anywhere at the resort, including your room. Different types of massages are available, including Thai, Swiss, deep tissue, shiatsu, and relaxing massages for one hour. Please book at the reception and allow travel time for the masseuse to arrive.
Paintball is a great way to get your adrenaline pumping. Shooting M-16 assault rifle guns at your friends while dodging their bullets is a great feeling, especially when you hit them. There is always non stop laughing and talk for days after. The paintball course is set in the jungle, with pathways, and various obstacles. There is an onsite gear shop with all equipment included and refills available.
The rappelling tours are like no other. First you start off on a 30 minute hike to the cliffs on the south side of San Juan Del Sur, including a visit to the ruins of an old fort and amazing views of the coastline. Then you gear up and descend down a 100 meter rock wall, finishing on the rock outcrop on the bottom at sea level. You then gear down, cool off in the ocean, and enjoy the boat ride back while enjoying a cold drink.
Nicaragua is not known as the greatest place on earth to scuba dive, but the coast of San Juan Del Sur does have a huge variety of sea life. The most popular spots are two rock islands and a ship wreck just to the south. At about 50 feet down, you will see turtles, sting rays, a variety of fish and eels, sea snakes, and even dolphins and whales if you are lucky. The scuba shop is Padi certified and offers all courses and types of dives.
The Surf Ranch skateboard park is the largest and best designed skatepark in the country of Nicaragua. It is a street style park with handrails, ledges, banks, hips, manual boxes, step ups, quarter pipes, and banks to ledges and rails. It is designed for beginners, intermediate, and pros. There is a skateboard shop being built on site for rentals and purchases. In between skating you can eat at the restaurant or chill at the swim up bar.
San Juan Del Sur has a beautiful coastline and a rock reef for as far as the eye can see. There are miles of points and reefs from five feet to 50 feet, perfect for spearfishing. The water is warm from April to January. From January until the end of March, the water is very clear, but really cold and you will need a wetsuit.
The turtle season is from July to February. Please ask the reception when there will be turtles and they will get this information for you. If there are turtles that night, you will be picked up from the Surf Ranch and driven south to La Flor beach in time to catch the turtles laying eggs at sunset. The expedition is four to six hours and you must register at the reception in advance.
The Surf Ranch trampoline is located next to the air pad drop. It is free to use for all Surf Ranch guests and visitors. They also have tramp skates available to rent for free at the reception.
They have a sand volleyball court at the resort. It is located in between the condos and the swimming pool. Volleyball is free for all guests and visitors. Ask at the reception or bar for the volleyball and they will be more than happy to provide it to you.
Wakeboarding in San Juan Del Sur is not the best, due to choppy water. So they will bring you up to the town of Granada, hop in the boat, gear up, and wakeboard though the 300 islands scattered on the edge of Lake Nicaragua. You then stop on a private island for lunch and drinks, before you head back out on the water for another wakeboard session. They also have jet skis available for rent to explore the ancient islands.
The Surf Ranch rock climbing wall is the first in Nicaragua. Although they are the first and only in Nicaragua, they kept rates low at only 10 USD per person. The wall is 24 feet high and 32 feet wide, with three different sections. One section is a flat wall, the second section is a gradual overhang incline, and the thirrd section slopes in then back out half way through. They have routes available for everyone from beginners to pros. The rockclimbing wall is available for everyone over the age of eight years old, and there is no weight limit.
The zip lining course is the only one in San Juan Del Sur and the best in Nicaragua. There are over 17 platforms, with 2.5 km of cables to slide across over the top and through the Nicaraguan Jungle. Amazing views and wildlife, make this zip line tour a must do on your trip to Nicaragua. During the horseback ride up to the top, you will also get to see ancient petroglyphs hidden just below the waterfall.
There is an on-site massage option at the Surf Ranch. You can choose to get it done anywhere at the resort, including your room. Different types of massages are available, including Thai, Swiss, deep tissue, shiatsu, and relaxing massages for one hour. The massage costs 45 USD per hour.
From Managua take Highway CA-1 South towards Rivas.
The highway will pass through the following cities: Masaya, Catarina, San Juan de Oriente, and Nandaime.
Continue through Rivas and continue south. Follow the sighs to San Juan Del Sur.
Now when you are entering San Juan Del Sur, you will pass Pali, which will be on your left.
Then take your first left turn which brings you towards the southern beaches.
Pass the baseball field, about one kilometer later the road turns right just past the school, then take your first instant left turn (follow the Surf Ranch signs).
Drive another one kilometer through the valley.
You will see the Surf Ranch signs throughout this.
Pull up to the resort, check in, unpack, and then the fun begins.
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