About Us

The Boat

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

And with her twin hulls and modern sailing design, Esmeralda offers an unparalleled sailing experience to Guests and Visitors of the beautiful Emerald coast of Nicaragua.

Esmeralda was bought in 2018, with less than 300 engine hours per twin engine. She had barely been used, when she was found and bought in Linton Bay Marina, Atlantic Ocean, Panama. From there she sailed one month around the San Blas islands , before crossing the Panama canal into the Pacific in Dec 2019. And after 1 week in Flamingo Marina, Panama, she made her way up North, to first Costa Rica and then finally to SJDS, Nicaragua, where she now resides.

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.


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.


Becoming a sailor and boat owner had been a long-time dream for Alex, so when the possibility presented itself, he took it in Aug 2019. To begin with, the boat was only for private use but after some time the idea about sharing these beautiful experiences that Esmeralda and the Pacific ocean offers, started coming to mind. And when Alex met Mari, who found a common passion for sailing and equally wanted to create a unique experience here at the Pacific coast in Nicaragua, with her proud Nicaraguan origin, Esmeralda Sailing was Born.

Mari says: “We aim to be the absolute best and the absolute most qualitative and client-centric sailing experience in Nicaragua, with international standards in customer service focused in every detail from the first contact until it is time to say ‘hasta la próxima’. We are going to welcome our visitors to our second home, that we have been working on with passion, patience and mucho mucho AMOR”

Our philosophy has been to create an environment to celebrate friendship, family, the LOVE that unites us all.

“Peace, Love and Renewal Experiences”

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