Horseback Riding, Volcano Hikes, and Other Outdoor Adventures at Secluded Coastal Resort
Each year between June and December, olive ridley turtles flock to the beaches just south of San Juan del Sur in Nicaragua to lay their eggs. It's one of a handful of sites in the world where these rare sea turtles nest, and it's just a short drive from Palermo Hotel and Resort in San Juan del Sur. From moonlit turtle tours to volcano hikes and shoulder-high surf breaks, the area surrounding San Juan del Sur offers all manner of outdoor diversions. By staying in the villas at the 600-acre hillside Palermo Hotel and Resort, guests can enjoy the peaceful luxuries of a resort while exploring Nicaragua's Pacific coast.
Chefs at the resort's poolside restaurant, Terraza de Palermo, use fresh seafood caught that day by local fishers. From its seafood stuffed lobster to mahi-mahi in creole sauce, the restaurant's eclectic dishes come infused with fresh fruit and organic vegetables sourced from a nearby farm.
You can apply your resort credit toward meals or onsite activities such as yoga classes, massages, and cooking class, or pedicures. From the Palermo Farm, skilled equestrians guide horseback tours along trails marked by ancient petroglyphs. On foot, you can tour the property with a guide, observing the monkeys, iguanas, and rare tropical birds that live on the property. Those opting for the one-hour cooking classes will have a chance to learn how to make native dishes and tour a nearby farm.
One-bedroom villas mirror the local culture and landscape with hand-finished ceramic tiles, custom-made cabinetry, and furnishings crafted from native hardwood. Views from the upstairs terrace extend from the lush hillside down to the bay and the Pacific Ocean.
San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua: Spirited Nightlife and Surfing Along the Pacific
A tiny village that's become a popular tourist destination, San Juan del Sur sits along a crescent-shaped bay on Nicaragua's southwest coast, which draws sailors, fishers, and surfers. At night, San Juan del Sur's beachside bars and cafés come alive with music and dancing.
Peruse the town's outdoor markets to find fresh fruit and vegetables, eggs, meats, and the traditional Nicaraguan rice-and-beans dish, gallo pinto. The resort's activity coordinators can arrange onsite activities or day trips for guests to visit local attractions, such as a wind farm, a zipline canopy tour, and the cloud forest on the dormant Mombacho Volcano.
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