San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

Nicaragua is the largest Central American nation and has stunning landscapes, vast cultural treasures, and an intriguing history.

Until recent times Nicaragua was unfortunately known for the civil war (Sandinistas and Contras) that raged from the late 70s through much of the 80s. Today, the soldiers and guerrillas have given way sightseeing in a beautiful country. From strolling the cobblestone streets of colonial Granada on Lake Nicaragua, to exploring one of the many volcanoes, Nicaragua has something for even the most seasoned traveler.

Note: Due to time constraints in port, some tours may not be available on every voyage. Please refer to your Cruise Personalizer on princess.com for a complete list of tours available during your cruise. Tour content may vary based on the amount of time in port.
San Juan del Sur is an anchorage port. Transfer from the ship to shore will be via the ship's tender transfer.
In ports where guests utilize tender boats to go ashore, Princess staff will make every effort to assist but are not allowed to individually physically lift more than 50 lbs. (22kg). Guests requiring physical assistance must travel with an able-bodied companion. With your safety and comfort in mind, the final decision to permit or prohibit passengers from going ashore will be made on each occasion by the ship's Captain.

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Points of Interest

  • Granada
  • Rivas
  • Lake Nicaragua
  • Masaya Market
  • Volcanoes
  • Las Isletas
  • Apoyo Lagoon
  • City of Managua

More about San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua Points of Interest

  • Granada

    Located amidst the astonishing landscape of volcanoes and lakes, this historic city founded in 1524 features ornate Spanish churches, colorful colonial houses and a vibrant central market.

  • Rivas

    Settled by the Spanish in 1522, this popular beach town features beautiful colonial architecture, a museum of pre-Columbian art and a stunning view of volcanoes rising from Lake Nicaragua.

  • Lake Nicaragua

    Named "La Mar Dulce" by Spanish conquerors who believed it to be a sea, this massive freshwater lake features a lush volcanic chain, many beautiful islets and thousands of species of exotic plants and animals.

  • Masaya Market

    The smell of spices, drama of barter and extravaganza of color all greet you in one of the biggest markets in Central America, offering the best value in local arts, crafts and culture.

  • Volcanoes

    Nicaragua is often referred to as "the country of lakes and volcanoes." When you look at a map, you can understand why.

  • Las Isletas

    Formed by the volcanic activity of nearby Mombacho Volcano, this archipelago of 365 little islands located in Lake Nicaragua abounds with exotic wildlife and can be enjoyed by a scenic boat cruise.

  • Apoyo Lagoon

    In the center of the Nicaraguan Pacific coast, in the middle of the long volcanic chain which runs through the country from north to south, there is a wide and extended crater in a form of an inverted cone, and in the center of it there is one of the most beautiful lagoons in Nicaragua: the Apoyo Lagoon.

  • City of Managua

    Capital of Nicaragua and its largest city. Situated on the southwestern shore of the Lake Managua or Lake Xolotlán.

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Rivas, Lake Nicaragua & Scenic Drive

3 hours | San Juan del Sur | S J 1 - 1 2 0
  • Lake Nicaragua
  • Volcanoes
  • Rivas

Discover Nicaragua on this half-day guided excursion to the colonial town of Rivas and Amayo Hacienda. Visit the Catholic Church, learn the city's history and enjoy a complimentary beverage and snack as you take in the beauty of Ometepe Island and its twin volcanoes, Maderas and Concepcion, which rise majestically out of Lake Nicaragua.

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Granada, Parque Central & Shopping

5.5 hours | San Juan del Sur | S J 1 - 1 0 0
  • Lake Nicaragua
  • Volcanoes
  • Granada

Experience the beauty of Nicaragua on this a lovely half-day adventure to the picturesque city of Granada, located on the shore of Lake Nicaragua. Enjoy a guided tour of the local plaza, enjoy a folkloric presentation, explore colorful colonial architecture and take in the stunning view of majestic twin volcanoes of Ometepe Island in Lake Nicaragua.

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Zipline Adventure

2 hours | San Juan del Sur | S J 1 - 4 2 0

Fly through the air with the greatest of ease on an exhilarating zip line adventure. A short distance from port, you'll be high in the sky on a 16-platform, 2.5-km course that soars over ancient treetops, across a forest and down a valley, affording sensational views of the surrounding vegetation and wildlife.

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Granada, Masaya Market & Volcano, Lunch & Shopping

8.5 hours | San Juan del Sur | S J 1 - 3 3 0
  • Lake Nicaragua
  • Volcanoes
  • Granada
  • Masaya Market

Indulge in a full-day, moderately active, guided excursion via air-conditioned transportation to shop the world renowned Masaya Market featuring quality crafts. Visit the active Masaya Volcano for an up-close look at steaming fumaroles. Savor a delicious, complimentary lunch at a local restaurant. Explore the colonial city of Granada.

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Shopping Opportunities, Moderate Activity, Includes meal

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Granada Highlights, Scenic Drive, Shopping & Lunch

6 hours | San Juan del Sur | S J 1 - 1 1 0
  • Lake Nicaragua
  • Granada

Get a taste of Nicaragua during this comprehensive sightseeing tour that showcases some of the country's most popular and fascinating attractions. After photo stops in the lush countryside you'll travel through Granada's beguiling streets before stopping for lunch, watching a folkloric performance and a craft show.

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Masaya Volcano & Hacienda Los Altos Cultural Experience

7.5 hours | San Juan del Sur | S J 1 - 2 3 0
  • Rivas
  • Lake Nicaragua
  • Masaya Market
  • Volcanoes

Your tour begins at the port when you are greeted by your friendly guide. You will then board your air conditioned transport bound for a drive to the Masaya Volcano National Park.

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Flavors of Granada: Cooking & Discovery

6 hours | San Juan del Sur | S J 1 - 2 5 0
  • Granada

There's something for everyone to enjoy on this unique culinary adventure that combines a generous tasting of the local food scene with popular highlights. Get a taste of Nicaragua during a comprehensive cooking and discovery tour that showcases the country's culture and history.

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Explore The Capital City Of Managua & Lunch

8.5 hours | San Juan del Sur | S J 1 - 1 1 5
  • Lake Nicaragua
  • Volcanoes
  • City of Managua

Enjoy a leisurely day sightseeing and exploring the capital city of Managua. Marvel at the panoramic views of Managua's most recognizable landmark. See the ruins of the presidential palace, old cathedral, National Palace, and Lake Managua. And sit down for a tasty lunch before venturing on to Catarina Viewpoint overlooking Apoyo Lagoon.

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Shopping Opportunities, Easy Activity, Includes meal

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Amayo Hacienda Experience, Lake Nicaragua & Lunch

5 hours | San Juan del Sur | S J 1 - 2 1 0
  • Volcanoes
  • Lake Nicaragua

For a taste of authentic Nicaragua, take a half-day guided tour to a family-owned estate on the shores of Lake Nicaragua. Swim, explore, listen to live music and even join a milking contest! Enjoy a traditional lunch and take in the view of majestic twin volcanoes rising from the lake.

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Nature Experience, Masaya Volcano, Apoyo Lagoon and Granada

8.25 hours | San Juan del Sur | S J 1 - 3 4 0
  • Granada
  • Lake Nicaragua
  • Apoyo Lagoon
  • Volcanoes

Nicaragua's dynamic landscapes are on full display when you visit Masaya Volcano National Park, an amazing natural reserve home to smoking volcanoes and other-worldly landscapes. Stop at the Catarina Viewpoint for spectacular views of the Apoyo Lagoon and in picturesque Granada to take in its colonial heritage and enjoy lunch.

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Shopping Opportunities, Easy Activity, Includes meal

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D'Santos Natural Reserve & Diriamba City Cultural Highlights

7.5 hours | San Juan del Sur | S J 1 - 3 6 0

Spend the day walking amidst lush natural scenery and abundant wildlife at the D'Santos Hacienda, a private natural reserve and sustainable coffee plantation. Then, visit the colorful city of Diriamba to learn of its festival culture proclaimed by UNESCO as a "Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.''

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Best of San Juan Del Sur: Granada, Lake Nicaragua & Las Isletas Cruise

8 hours | San Juan del Sur | S J 1 - 6 0 0
  • Volcanoes
  • Granada
  • Lake Nicaragua
  • Las Isletas

Step back in time on this active, full-day, guided excursion via air-conditioned transportation to the colonial city of Granada. View an ornate cathedral, visit the main plaza, the independence square and enjoy a folkloric presentation. Take a cruise on Lake Nicaragua through an archipelago of hundreds of islets. Enjoy a complimentary lunch at a Granada colonial restaurant.

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Shopping Opportunities, Moderate Activity, Includes meal

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Granada Carriage Ride & Boat Tour

8 hours | San Juan del Sur | S J 1 - 1 4 0
  • Rivas
  • Volcanoes
  • Granada
  • Lake Nicaragua
  • Las Isletas

Discover the irresistible charms of Granada from two totally unique perspectives: the seat of a horse drawn carriage and aboard a boat on spectacular Lake Nicaragua. Marvel at the sight of iconic churches and bustling markets; visit the Convent of San Francisco and view the impressive Mombacho Volcano.

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Mombacho Volcano 4WD and Hike, Vistas & Lunch

8.25 hours | San Juan del Sur | S J 1 - 4 7 0
  • Lake Nicaragua
  • Granada
  • Volcanoes

Enjoy a rigorous full day adventure that takes you via 4-wheel drive vehicle atop the majestic Mombacho Volcano for a guided hike along a crater. Enjoy a brief visit to the colonial city of Granada and visit an overlook with stunning views of Lake Nicaragua and twin volcanoes Maderas and Concepcion.

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