THE TOWN

1How close is the city center?

Many vacation rentals in San Juan del Sur are advertised under “San Juan del Sur” but are located far away from the town of SJDS. Some are built at the top of mountains, or in secluded beaches.

Why? San Juan del Sur is the name of a town, as well as the name of a municipality.

The town is relatively small. The municipality is over 400 square Km, and has many miles of coast along the Pacific ocean.

Our Casa 72 villa is right in the middle of the town. You can walk everywhere, day or night.

If you’re looking for convenience and being immersed in the lively everyday activities of a small Nicaraguan tourist town, then staying at Casa 72 is what you’re looking for, for your best San Juan del Sur vacation.

2How do I get to San Juan del Sur from the airport?

From the Managua airport, the ride takes about 2.5 hours. You can rent a car at the airport, or use a transfer service.

3Do I need a car in San Juan del Sur?

San Juan del Sur is a small town. Our house is located right downtown, and you can walk to restaurants, stores, the beach, bars, ATMs, banks, church, etc.

Once you get to San Juan del Sur, and stay at Casa 72, you don´t really need a car.

If you want to go to nearby beaches, you can take a shuttle, a taxi, rent a motorcycle, or if you wish, rent a car for a day or two.

There are at least four car rental companies en San Juan del Sur, including Dollar, Alamo, National and Easy rent a car.

4Is there a transfer service you recommend?

I can point to two transfer companies that have good web reviews, travel regularly the San Juan del Sur-Managua route, can be booked online and have English-speaking personell. They are:

  • www.iskratravel.com
  • www.adelanteexpress.com

They both have offices located two blocks from Casa 72, and have door-to-door service 24/7.

5Can I go to Nicaragua with a rental car from Costa Rica?

There are several car rental companies that have agencies on both sides of the Costa Rica/Nicaragua border at Peñas Blancas.

They basically give you a car registered in the country you will be visiting, and they help you transfer your luggage to the new car.

National is one:

National Costa Rica
National Nicaragua

Another one is Alamo:
Alamo international service

6What about phones?

It’s a good idea to have a cell phone during your visit.

You can buy a local SIM card and airtime at the airport, gas stations, grocery stores, etc., and use it with your personal cell phone. Make sure your phone is unblocked. That means it can use SIM cards from carriers other than your original carrier.

You can use your airtime to make calls or to browse the web. If you don’t get a phone, you can ask store clerks, taxi drivers, etc. to rent you their phone, and most of them will probably do. You should expect to pay from 30 to 50 cents per minute. There is a pharmacy at the airport that offers this service.

Casa 72 has a landline you can use to make unlimited local calls to other landlines, or to receive calls from cell phones or from overseas.

7Where can we go shopping?

There are all kinds of small stores and boutiques in SJDS: Souvenirs, ice cream, fresh fish and seafood, groceries, boutique bakery, candy, cigar store, bookstore, drugstores, surf shops, ukelele store, fishing supplies, hardware stores, etc.

8How far are the nearby beaches for surfing and exploring?
  • Maderas: 30 minutes
  • Playa Hermosa: 25 minutes
  • Playa Coco: 30 minutes
9What can we do if we are coming with children?

There are lots of things you can do with your kids. They will love our private swimming pool. Also, the beach is safe, clean and perfect for kids to play in the sand. You can take them to do zip lining, horseback riding, or they can take surfing lessons.

OUR SERVICES

1How hard/easy is it to book your property?

Really easy!

We understand that planning a vacation has many tasks that have to be coordinated, and that usually the responsibility falls under a single person.

We try to make it easy to book, so you can use your time coordinating the group, making plane reservations, etc.:

  • We provide an up-to-date calendar here.
  • Once you find your ideal dates, you fill out our rental agreement.

    (Very easy to fill out. No printing, no signing, no scanning necessary).

  • Once we get the agreement, we send you a final quote and a payment request via PayPal, so you can pay the first 50%
  • Three weeks before your visit, we send you an automatic mail requesting your final 50%

If you have questions or special booking requests, you can always call us or write us. Here is our contact information (phones, mail, etc.)

2Is there WI-FI internet access?

Yes, we have high-speed wireless internet throughout Casa 72.

3Is breakfast included in your price?

Breakfast is not included in our price, but you are welcome to make arrangements with our housekeeper to go grocery shopping and/or cook for you every day or for a special occasion.

4Is there air conditioning in all the bedrooms?

Yes, we have high-efficiency air conditioning in every bedroom. In an effort of saving energy, we ask our guests to remember to close the windows and turn off the A/C when they are not in their bedroom.

5Is there a TV and if so what programs are available?

There is a flat-screen cable TV in our top balcony. We subscribe to local cable, where you can watch programs in Spanish and in English. We provide a HDMI cable upon request. You may connect your PC to our TV to watch your favorite internet programs or to surf the web.

6What time is check in?

Check in time starts at 2:00pm

If you are arriving late, we will wait for you. Just give us an idea of the time you expect to arrive, and our housekeeper will be ready to welcome you and check you in, for a great start of your San Juan del Sur vacation.

7How will I get the keys?

We don’t use keys for our main door. We use a door lock with a code specially set for every new guest.

8When is check-out?

Check-out time is 11:00am

9Does the kitchen have all the necessary equipment needed to make a meal?

Yes, you will find our kitchen is well stocked and with ample space to work.

Besides the stove you will find a sink and fridge, a microwave oven, a coffee brewer, a blender, a toaster and an outdoor gas grill.

10What supplies will I need to bring?

You are expected to provide your own food and condiments. You can buy most everything at the Pal supermarket about two km from Casa 72.

Of course, if cooking doesn’t sound like your ideal vacation activity, there are many great restaurants to choose from, or you can make arrangements with our housekeeper to cook for you.

11How are the beds distributed?

Our house is set up for nine guests. With additional beds, and an additional charge, we can accommodate up to twelve guests.

The house has four bedrooms with air conditioning. All of them have two single beds, for a total of eight beds.

The single beds can be moved together or apart dependin

Here is a summary of the possible configurations:

Bedrooms with A/C

  1. 2 single beds (additional folding bed available)
  2. 2 single beds (additional folding bed available)
  3. 2 single beds + futon-type sofa/chair (additional folding bed available)
  4. 2 single beds (additional folding bed available)

Bedroom with fan

  • One single bed
12Are linens and towels provided or do I need to bring my own?

No need to bring your own linens and towels. Our housekeeper will be providing you with fresh linens and towels at the beginning of your stay. We also provide beach towels.

13Is there daily housekeeping service?

Yes. Our housekeeper cleans the house, empties the trash, and changes the towels/linens as needed.

14Do you organise excursions?

Our housekeeper, Luis, can make reservations for several local activities, including:

  • Zip lining (He can arrange special door-to-door pickup).
  • Day trips to Ometepe, Granada, Masaya, etc.
15What do I need to do to check out?

Most of our guests are families.

We understand that every mother and every guest have the right to enjoy their vacation up to the last minute.

You don’t have to do anything as far as cleaning.

Just make sure the air conditioner controls and room keys are visible, and you are not leaving behind any of your personal belongings (specially phone chargers and passports), and leave the rest to us.

Have a nice trip home! Recommend us with your friends! Come back to Casa 72!