Everything You Should Know When Planning a Beach Vacation

A beach vacation is the first choice when you think of adventure, relaxation, and fun in the sun! From pristine sand beaches and crystal clear waters to endless margaritas and exotic seafood, beach vacations are a dream come true for any traveler.

However, planning the perfect beach vacation requires careful consideration and preparation. Don’t worry! We’ve got you covered with all the tips and tricks you need to know before heading out on your beach adventure on the Pacific Coast of Nicaragua.

What To Take On a Boat Trip?

Preparing for a boat trip can bring a wave of excitement! However, ensuring you are well-equipped for your adventure is crucial. There are various factors to consider, such as packing the necessary equipment, selecting delicious snacks, and dressing appropriately for the voyage. Here are some items that you should never forget:

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One essential item to bring is sun protection! Since you’ll be spending a lot of time in the sun, protecting your skin from harmful UV rays is vital. Choose a waterproof sunscreen that offers broad-spectrum protection.


Pack multiple beach towels to meet all your needs while on the water. Whether it’s drying off after swimming or simply lounging around, you’ll be thankful you brought them along!

Appropriate Clothing

If you’re wondering what to wear on a boat ride, dress comfortably and in light clothing. Opt for loose-fitting and lightweight options like shorts and a T-shirt or tank top, allowing you to stay cool while enjoying the sunshine. Another great choice is a sundress paired with comfortable sandals.


Bringing snacks on board is crucial for maintaining energy levels during the trip. Pack light but nutritious snacks like nuts, energy bars, or trail mix. This will ensure you don’t go hungry while on the water!


Staying hydrated is essential for a successful boat trip, so bring plenty of drinks. Pack water bottles or refreshing beverages like coconut water or fresh juices, ensuring they are tightly sealed before setting sail. Remember, spending time under the sun can cause dehydration, so having enough water is important!


Swimsuits are a must-have for any boat trip! Whether you plan on swimming in the ocean or just taking a dip near the beach, don’t forget to bring your favorite swimwear. Be sure to pack extra clothes and sandals to change into dry clothing after being in the water.

First Aid Kit

Safety should always be a priority! Packing a first aid kit when you’re out on the water is a good idea. Ensure it includes basic items like bandages, antiseptic wipes, and other medical supplies that may be needed in an emergency or sea sickness.

Where To Go for a Beach Vacation?

If you crave the warmth of the sun, the feel of sand under your feet, and the calming sound of the sea, look no further for the perfect beach vacation. Whether you seek a fun-filled family trip or a romantic getaway, an abundance of beautiful beaches is waiting to be explored.

So grab your sunscreen and flip-flops, and set your sights on the magnificent Pacific coast of Nicaragua, home to some of the finest beach destinations. Discover the enchantment of San Juan del Sur as you embark on an unforgettable journey.

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What Beach Should I Go To? Beaches in Nicaragua: A Tropical Paradise

Isla Anciana – Guacalito

Prepare for an exciting adventure at Isla Anciana! Just a two-hour journey from San Juan del Sur, this island is a paradise for bird enthusiasts. Encounter a wide variety of migratory and resident birds. Feeling adventurous? Explore the island like a true explorer. Isla Anciana is located before Guacalito de La Isla – a four-mile-long beach! Discover diverse landscapes in South Nicaragua’s sunny paradise.

Playa Blanca

Located an hour from San Juan del Sur, this beach is a hidden treasure waiting to be explored, just four nautical miles north. What makes it special? Only accessible by boat – the adventure begins before stepping on the sand! Imagine strolling on a beach with snow-white sand and crystal-clear water. Playa Blanca is not just a beach; it’s a paradise that feels like a dream.

Playa Brasilito

Just a short two-hour trip from San Juan del Sur, this beach gem is nestled eight nautical miles south. It’s a beach heaven between Playa el Coco and Playa La Flor! But that’s not all – this place is a hot spot for turtle sightings. From June to September, these beaches become a turtle haven as they come to lay their eggs. Playa Brasilito is not just a beach; it’s a thrilling rendezvous with nature.

Playa Trebol

Playa Trebol gets its name from three beaches that form the shape of a Clover Flower when seen from above. Situated a few minutes from the Costa Rica border and ten nautical miles south of San Juan del Sur, this stunning destination is a two-and-a-half-hour drive away.

Playa Maderas

Playa Maderas, located on the picturesque southwest coast of Nicaragua, offers a peaceful escape from busy tourist areas. It’s a place where tranquility prevails, and the hustle and bustle of popular tourist destinations become a distant memory.

How To Enjoy a Beach Vacation?

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Beach vacations offer a wonderful chance to unwind and relieve stress. The beach provides a serene and peaceful atmosphere that is unmatched. But how can you make the most of your relaxation time? Here are some suggestions:

Find a Quiet Spot

While the main beach may be bustling, it’s worth exploring to discover a more secluded area. This will allow you to fully immerse yourself in the calming sights and sounds of the ocean, free from any distractions.

Bring a Book

For book enthusiasts, there’s nothing quite like reading your favorite novel on a beach chair while listening to the soothing sound of crashing waves. Don’t forget to pack your preferred beach read for your next visit!

Explore Meditation and Yoga

The tranquil surroundings of the beach make it an ideal place to engage in mindfulness practices. Yoga can help you stretch and relax your body, while meditation can clear your mind and reduce stress.

Rent a Boat

For those seeking adventure, consider renting a boat and exploring the breathtaking Pacific coast of Nicaragua. This allows you to enjoy stunning views and white sand beaches while indulging in delicious food and drinks, engaging in fun activities, and sightseeing. If renting a boat sounds appealing, Esmeralda Sailing is here to assist you!

Disconnect from Technology

In our technology-driven lives, take this opportunity to disconnect from the digital world. Unplug and let go of constant notifications and distractions. You’ll be amazed at how much more relaxed you feel.

Where Can I Go on a Boat Ride?

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If you’re craving a boat trip to a destination where stunning beaches meet the sea, look no further than San Juan del Sur in Nicaragua. But how can you reach this place?

  • By plane: The closest airport is Augusto C. Sandino International Airport (MGA) in Managua, Nicaragua. From there, you can travel to San Juan del Sur by taxi, private shuttle, or bus, which typically takes 2-3 hours.
  • By bus: Direct buses from Managua to San Juan del Sur depart from the Mercado Roberto Huembes bus terminal. The journey usually lasts approximately 3-4 hours. Buses from other Nicaraguan cities, such as Granada and León, are also available.
  • By car: If you have a rented car or your own vehicle, you can drive from Managua to San Juan del Sur using the Pan-American Highway. The drive typically takes about 2-3 hours.

Once you arrive, it’s time to rent a day trip and start exploring! The cost of renting a boat in San Juan del Sur varies depending on the boat’s size, type, rental duration, and time of year. Generally, you can expect to pay anywhere from $200 to $1,000 daily for a boat rental. However, considering the fun you’ll have, it’s worth it!

What To Do on a Boat All Day?

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A day boat is meticulously designed to provide everything necessary for a delightful day on the water. In contrast to its high-performance counterpart, the primary emphasis is not on speed from one point to another but on creating an exceptional setting for fully enjoying a day filled with water adventures.

At Esmeralda Sailing, we offer a fantastic opportunity for you to maximize your day boat experience. Here are some activities available on our boat:

  • Fishing: The waters of Nicaragua are teeming with a variety of fish species, such as marlin, tuna, and dorado. Fishing enthusiasts can enjoy reeling in big catches while aboard our luxurious catamaran.
  • Snorkeling: Explore Nicaragua’s vibrant marine life by snorkeling along the Pacific coast. Popular snorkeling spots include Playa Maderas and Playa Marsella in San Juan del Sur. These beaches offer clear waters and diverse marine creatures, including fish, turtles (on certain days), and rays.
  • Boogie Boarding: Boogie boarding is the perfect boat activity for those seeking an adrenaline rush. Nicaragua’s Pacific coast boasts massive waves that are ideal for boogie boarding. Enjoy the thrill of riding these waves from the comfort of a catamaran.
  • Paddleboarding: Embrace a peaceful water sport and discover Nicaragua’s beautiful beaches and coves through paddleboarding. Our day boat is equipped with paddleboards, making it convenient for you to hop on and enjoy this unique experience.
  • Sunbathing: With Nicaragua’s sunny climate, you can bask in the sun and work on your tan while on our day boat. Find a comfortable spot on the deck, remember to bring sunscreen and other essentials, and unwind in a relaxing and safe environment.

Enjoy From The Pacific Coast of Nicaragua with Us!

If you want to unwind and cherish the breathtaking beauty of the Pacific coasts in Nicaragua, Esmeralda Sailing is the perfect choice. We offer a luxurious and fully-equipped catamaran that serves as your haven amidst the azure waters. Our commitment is to make your boating experience unforgettable through our diverse range of activities, package options, and unmatched service. So why wait? Join us at Esmeralda Sailing and set sail towards an adventure filled with sun, sand, and serenity!

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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.

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Margaux Armonía

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