Things to do in Playa Maderas, San Juan del Sur

As soon as you contact us by phone or e-mail we will try to start a dialogue of what your interests and ideas are for your stay. As well as for individuals, couples and groups we have a very high interest to inform, advice and help you arrange things to do – as you wish. We know the area personally and have good personal contact in almost any matter. We can help you make agreements with local connections. Fishing trip, Catamaran sunset tour, Horse riding, Massage at your villa, Yoga class at the terrace, dance lesson, surf lessons and surf boards.
This is a very unique place in a natural setting with amazing views, come visit us. You can enjoy from the forest energy that surrounds our resort, the silence, the beach, and the small walks on the trails near the villas. You can also walk to small restaurants in Playa Maderas and Playa Majagual. If you want to break the silence you can go by car to San Juan del Sur and go to the restaurants, visit the small shops and maybe rent a boat. Also you can go to Rivas (20 kilometers), take the ferry to see Ometepe (from Rivas) and also make a trip to the colonial city of Granada (80 kilometers) and Masaya (110 kilometers).
If you do not want to go anywhere, we can buy your food and we can also cook for you or we can bring you almost any kind of fresh fish and grilled it for you.
The easiest place to go on your own from your rental villa at Villas Playa Maderas is to the city of San Juan del Sur , which is located 10 km to the south. San Juan del Sur is situated in a pintoresque bay with restaurants and small shops along the main bay, where you can still enjoy of the original local atmosphere of fishermens boats.
If you are interested in doing other activities, you can rent a boat to go fishing or we can also help you contact a guide in San Juan del Sur to take you on daily trips if you are interested in staying for a longer time and to use the villa you are renting as a base for tours. Villas Playa Maderas is also only 45-minute drive from the Costa Rican border and an hour and a half away from the colonial city of Granada in southern Nicaragua.
Granada is the best conserved spanish colonial town. Granada features many colonial buildings and is in close proximity of two other main attractions in this department: Lake Nicaragua and the Mombacho Volcano, an imposing volcano that has a lot to offer. Granada is the city most visited by tourists in Nicaragua. The central park is a good place to start your visit. From here you can see several colonial buildings that surround the park.
In Granada you can also take a one hour boat trip to see the area in lake Nicaragua with the popular name ‘las isletas’ – which consist of many small islands, most with one or few houses. This area has its own water flora – and it is a really special and nice experience from Nicaragua.

Explore the Forest

Villas Playa Maderas  has 50 acres of tropical dry forest where you can walk alone our trails and explore the flora and fauna that surrounds our property. If needed we can even guide you trough each one of our trails.

Few places like the howler monkey trail offers in a little space of the dry tropics the tremendous opportunity to appreciate the wild flora and fauna, one of the richest and changing ecosystems throughout the year. Just a few steps from the villas and over 600 meters, you may have at hand, families of howler monkeys, porcupines, opossums, anthill bear and at least 71 species of vertebrates, of which 27 are mammals, 13 amphibians and reptiles (including lizards and turtles), and 31 species of magnificent multicolored birds and nice song.

CLICK HERE: View document of from madroños and sacuanjoches

The tropical dry forest is the most threatened tropical ecosystems. Here, the tree growth is slow and difficult. Most trees loose their leaves during the ”summer” or dry season. But its colorful flowering compensates the loss of leaves and the landscape takes on a shade of multicolored, that alternates until the arrival of ”winter” or rainy season, when everything turns green.
The flora includes Tuna, Teonoste and Cardon, which shine bright flowers and fruits, much desired by wildlife. Simultaneously, the trees and shrubs such as Roble, Pochote, Elequeme, Madroño and Sacuanjoche – the last two, tree and national flower of Nicaragua, respectively, color and scent the forest, in the continuous life cycle that governs this splendid setting between the sea and the dry forest.

CLICK HERE: View document of the intimate life of the howler monkey

The best place to see wildlife in their natural habitat is on The Howler Monkey Trail. However, the special location of our villas near the forest and sea, allows the visitor at the same time to appreciate the marine life interacting with the tropical dry forest ecosystem.
In the coastline ecosystem, crabs, snails, pelicans, frigates, and eventually sea turtle which go out to nest, complement the dry forest, where mammals of medium and small size, such as white-tailed deer, the agouti and the acrobatic squirrels compete with the raucous territorial claim of howler monkeys, which eventually pose to immortalize the moment in a memorable shooting for the visitor.

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