5 Things to Consider when Traveling on a Boat

5 Things to Consider when Traveling on a Boat

Nov 10, 2021

Traveling on a Boat

The Pacific Coast of Nicaragua is well known for its mild climate, beautiful beaches, tropical forests, and perfect waves. It’s no wonder this area is gaining so much attention lately! If you’re headed to Nicaragua, you definitely want to plan a trip on a boat. This is the best way to really enjoy everything there is to love about Nicaragua’s natural splendor!

What to Consider when Traveling on a Boat

In order to make the most of your time traveling on a boat, you’ll want to ask yourself a few questions ahead of time. These include:

Where do you want to go? 

You’ll be traveling by boat, leaving from the dock in San Juan del Sur. By far, this is one of the top spots in this area because it has established itself as the tourist capital of Nicaragua. It is well-known for surfing and sport fishing. Beyond this, there is a plethora of other exquisite tourist amenities in the area. You’re sure to love spending time in the boutiques, cafes, nightclubs, beach bars, and restaurants. You can even take a horseback ride up and down the beach. Don’t forget to snap a photo of that world-famous sunset!

San Juan del Sur is fantastic but it’s only the start of your sailing trip! When leaving this surfing mecca, you’ll want to consider stopping by The Wildlife Reserve La Flor, Popoyo Beach, Isla Anciana, Playa Blanca, Playa Brasilito, and Playa Trébol. Isla Anciana is known for the biodiversity of migratory and perennial birds in the area. If you are adventurous, you can get off the boat and take a tour of the island. Playa Brasilito, Playa el Coco, and Playa La Flor are all nearby one another and known for an incredible showing of large-scale turtles hatchings. Playa Blanca is named for the color of its sand, as it is one of the few beaches in the Pacific with white sand and crystal clear water.

How long do you want to be gone?

Perhaps the easiest way to decide where you should go is to first decide how long you want to be gone. When you leave San Juan del Sur, you can head in several different directions and be gone for four hours, eight hours, or longer. When you book a catamaran trip with us here at Esmeralda Sailing, you will choose either a half day or full day tour, and then select your beach destinations.

What should you wear?

You need to pack more than a bathing suit! It may be a lot cooler out on the water than you realize. That’s why we recommend either wearing or bringing layers. You’ll want a swimsuit and cover-up so you can jump into the water when taking a break at your chosen destination. On the way back, you’ll be wet from swimming in the ocean and cool enough to put a light jacket back on again. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that boats can get slippery! Rubber-soled boat shoes and sandals that cover your toes are the best for preventing any type of injury.

How can you best protect yourself?

Slipping on the deck isn’t the only concern when traveling on a boat. Sun protection and sunglasses are of the utmost importance. A full day on the water means lots of bright sunlight, so be prepared to block all those direct UV rays.

What is included in the package?

You don’t need to bring absolutely everything you’ll need for the boat; we have much of it onboard waiting for you. Towels are included in your package, as are games, fishing equipment, balls, life vests, boogie boards, binoculars, and more.

Book a Catamaran and see the Pacific Coast of Nicaragua for Yourself!

If you have any additional questions, we’re here to answer them! With any concerns, comments, or inquiries, please contact Esmerelda Sailing by emailing us at hola@esmeraldasailing.com. We want to do everything and anything possible to make sure your sailing trip is the best possible!