About Us

The Boat

Esmeralda is a Lagoon 39 catamaran of almost 40 feet (11.8 meters). She has four cabins, each with separate and plenty storage, bathroom and shower, kitchen, and is fully equipped with toys and entertainment for any trip.

Esmeralda offers an unparalleled sailing experience to guests and visitors of the beautiful Emerald Coast of Nicaragua.

Safety Onboard

Esmeralda has all the necessary safety equipment on board. Lifejackets for both Children and Adults. Flares, Life Raft, Dinghy, 1st aid kid, radio equipment for Pan Pan or Mayday, and our upgraded electronic equipment on board that allows us to safely measure weather, depths, reefs and plan routes both during the day and nighttime.

Catamaran Crew

The Crew

Esmeralda has a crew of 4 people. Our Day Captain Mario Rocha, with more than 15 years of sailing experience in Nicaraguan waters, one of San Juan del Sur’s most experienced sailors and captains. Furthermore we employ two full time ¨Marineros¨ (sailors in Spanish), Ruben and Dennis, both offering a great experience with both sailing and fishing, and always ready with big smiles, welcoming our guests to our great sailing experiences. At night the boat is watched over carefully by a retired sailor and now our Cuidador José.

The Owner

Esmeralda sailing’s owner, Alexander Nygart, first visited Nicaragua in 2008 and fell immediately in love with the country. Two years later, he came back and founded the renowned digital marketing and technology company White Shark Media, where he currently holds the CEO position.

In 2019, Alex acquired Esmeralda, then called “My Way.” Alexander and his crew sailed until they reached their final destination, San Juan Del Sur. San Juan Del Sur is a vibrant beach town in the southern bays of Nicaragua, close to the Costa Rican border. Alex renamed the boat to “Esmeralda” in honor of the coastline from San Juan Del Sur to Tola, known as “Costa Esmeralda.”

Today, Esmeralda is open for family and friends to experience beautiful moments while sailing through the Pacific Ocean. From time to time, you’ll find Alex spending time on the boat with his family and clients while he shares his profound passion for sailing.

Alexander Nygart

Our Sailors’ Experience

The best option in the Pacific Coast of Nicaragua 🇳🇮 give yourself a precious gift to enjoy nature with your kids and loved ones. Watch Dolphins 🐬 and Whales 🐋 Thank a great Trip Esmeralda Sailing

Yaosca Jimenez Mairena

Easy booking process. Great staff, the service was amazing! The catamaran is beautiful, luxury, spacious and very clean. Perfect for our group. We will definitely book it again.

Suyen Vargas Lunin

Sailing on the Esmeralda was indeed a treat to myself. Being surrounded by the most amazing hues of the turquoise water of the Emerald Coast and the views of virgin beaches on the coastline was a calming and breathtaking experience. The crew on this boat is really amazing. Friendly, good knowledge, detail oriented and service minded, they spread a very good vibe to everyone.

Maria García | Interior Designer .

I loved the boat Esmeralda, the attention of the great Maritza and of the captain of the boat. The sunset session we had was epic, thank you for your great care. Highly recommended to do it when in San Juan.

Margaux Armonía

Honestly, a potent experience that absorbs the Nature, the scenery, the incredible attention to detail within the boat. My body felt regenerated from that unforgettable afternoon on board the Esmeralda. Martiza is one of the most dynamic hostesses out there. Highly recommended, a must-do in San Juan del Sur!

Tamara Montenegro