THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO SUNDAY FUNDAY IN SAN JUAN DEL SUR
San Juan del Sur is less than an hour from Costa Rica on the very tip of the Nicaraguan Pacific Coast. Almost everyone who arrives comes in San Juan del Sur from North or South is there to experience Sunday Funday.
Scroll down for a list of the best hostels in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua for backpackers and budget travellers
WHAT IS SUNDAY FUNDAY? – SAN JUAN DEL SUR, NICARAGUA
|A Nicaraguan sunset|
BUYING YOUR SUNDAY FUNDAY TICKET – WRISTBANDS
|Beachside beverages – In a fancier but reasonably priced restaurant that offers happy hour all night|
WHAT TO EXPECT FROM SUNDAY FUNDAY IN SAN JUAN DEL SUR
Drinks are so reasonably priced that everyone’s carrying more than one around $2 for a rum and coke. At The Naked Tiger during Sunday Funday they operate on a ticket system where you buy a ticket and exchange it at the bar for a drink to try and speed up service.
|The ingredients of Central America: Sunsets and cocktails|
The Naked Tiger is a villa style hostel, high in the hills above San Juan del Sur overlooking the bay. It’s one of the most popular and best hostels in all of San Juan del Sur and getting a room here on the day of arrival for Sunday Funday can be impossible and after visiting I realised why. Watching the sunset on Sunday Funday from the Naked Tiger beside the pool makes you kind of feel like you’re on the top of the whole of Nicaragua watching the sunset.
The pool on at the Naked Tiger hostel a normal day would be perfect for sunsets and evening chills. Everyone seemed to turn towards the beach to watch the sunset and I’m sure some people even applauded when it finally melted into the sea. It was pretty nice if I’m honest and I felt an overwhelming sense of regret that I hadn’t caught the first part of the day. I also regret not staying at one of the Sunday Funday hostels in San Juan del Sur and would suggest others booked these hostels.
The best hostels in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
Naked Tiger Hostel
Suring Donkey Hostel
Hola Ola Hostel
Buena Onda Backpackers Hostel
Moke Huhu Hostel
LIFE IS GOOD IN SAN JUAN DEL SUR
We knew San Juan del Sur was going to be fun, we’d spent the previous nights in the Loose Moose drinking Moose Juice, which probably had a little to do with my illness. Check out the other cool bars and burrito shacks around town. All street food is reasonably priced for any backpacker budget.
I always expected Sunday Funday to be fun and funny but I’m really surprised it lived up to expectations. I guess Sunday Funday has a lot to do with my overwhelming love for Nicaragua. Yes, there’s a tacky aspect of people wearing matching T shirts and being too drunk to hold any form of conversation but that’s actually the whole point. It’s so funny because as a person who’s meant to really understand tourism none of that really matters when you’re in the moment having a laugh with strangers who are all just looking for a good time.
The last few hours of Sunday Funday resulted in The Naked Tiger providing food and everyone to refuel before heading to the final location, I’m not really sure how long we spent at The Naked Tiger and how many familiar faces I bumped into but I know it was a while. Spending an evening at The Naked Tiger, it’s easy to see why people call it the best hostel in San Juan del Sur. Once the party ended there the pickups arrive and people quickly started to move onto the beach for the final location of the evening and of our Sunday Funday.
At Sunday Funday, you feel so grateful to just be right there in the moment with fellow backpackers and travellers alike. I think that’s the kind of feeling backpacker events like this one exists for. It’s not about the drinking and it’s not about the mess left at the pool crawl it’s about creating a lasting memory of your time in Nicaragua wearing your Sunday Funday San Juan del Sur Tshirt and I really like that feeling.
|My Sunday Funday T shirt – Free with every ticket|
|Thank you San Juan del Sur|
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