San Juan Del Sur Nicaragua Port Area
San Juan Del Sur is a tender port location. The cruise ship anchors about a mile out in the bay and you are tendered into town. The port terminal area is really not a terminal at all. The area is fenced in and includes a rum shack and a small flea market like area with souvenirs. Do not be surprised to see razor wire and armed guards near the port area.
The docking area is quite interesting. You do not go straight up onto the dock. The tender pulls alongside a floating barge. You have to walk up off the tender, down a couple of stairs and then up a semi-steep staircase with 5-6 stairs onto the floating dock and then onto the dock. If you have any knee, back, or mobility concerns this port may be extremely difficult to get into.
We found really low prices for souvenirs at the port area. I was honestly amazed at how low the prices are and felt a bit guilty to only pay so little for items. I picked up these really cute vases for only $1.00 apiece. John found coffee for cheaper at the port than we did on site at the coffee plantation. I would suggest bringing small denomination bills with you. We did not try to barter while in the shopping area. The prices were already so low that I did not think they needed to be any lower.
From the port area you can get a nice photo of San Juan Del Sur. The city is located around a lovely beach and bay. There is a great statue up on one of the hillsides.
We took an excursion while in San Juan Del Sur so we did not have a chance to explore town or walk out of the port terminal.
I highly suggest bringing the ship information and tender schedule with you into port. We had to sit in the tender for 25 minutes while the boat staff went through the market and area trying to find the last 6 passengers for the boat. The last few people did not think the boat left for another hour or so. They were extremely lucky that that crew went looking for them before moving the last tender.