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Pelican Eyes Resort and Spa

San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

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Hotel Report

Why Stay At Pelican Eyes Resort and Spa

Situated on a picture-perfect crescent of Pacific coast, Nicaragua's Pelican Eyes Resort & Spa is an unexpected seaside escape within driving distance of Granada.

The Scoop

The whitewashed façades, red tejas-tiled roofs, and tropical gardens of the Pelican Eyes Resort & Spa have become something of a landmark in this tiny Nicaraguan fishing village. What began as a local sailing charter business has evolved into 69 spacious units (houses, smaller townhouses, and studios) with hardwood accents and terracotta floor tiles—all perched on a hill overlooking San Juan del Sur Rivas's horseshoe bay. Admire the yachts below while floating in one of three infinity pools; indulge in an invigorating coffee-and-cocoa wrap at the spa; or sample a Creole-style dish of fresh-caught red snapper with fried plantains at La Canoa restaurant. Then take advantage of the hotel's prime location—it's the only full-service resort in town.

Insider Tips

Guests are offered reduced rates on the hotel's instructor-led Vinyasa yoga sessions, held on a wooden deck overlooking the town.

In keeping with its roots in the sailing charter business, Pelican Eyes offers half- and full-day excursions along the Southern Pacific coastline on a 41-foot sloop.

Preferred Airport

Arrive at Augusto Cesar Sandino Airport (NIO) which is approximately 80 miles from the resort. Anticipate about 2.5 hours of travel time.

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Hotel Features

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Property Amenities
  • Infinity Pools
  • Lap Pool
  • Family Outdoor Pool
  • Gardens
  • Spa Services
  • Open Air Yoga
  • Free Water Aerobics Class
In-Room Amenities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Satellite TV
  • DVD Players
  • Convenience Kitchen
  • En-Suite Bathrooms
  • Terraces
Dining & Nightlife
  • Restaurant + Bar
  • Al Fresco Dining
  • Open Air Bar
  • Bistro
  • Happy Hour
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Rates Include:
  • 2-person max occupancy in the Ocean or Garden View Habitaciones
  • 4-person max occupancy in the Ocean or Garden View Casas
  • Welcome drink
  • Complimentary WiFi
  • Complimentary Parking
Hotel Report From the editors of: Travel+Leisure

Why We Love San Juan del Sur

Nicaragua's most popular coastal destination is known for its tranquil beaches and proximity to historical and ecological treasures. Days are best spent along the shore; nights call for dancing in the town's low-key after-hours hangouts.

Don't Miss

Outdoor Excursion: Head to Lake Nicaragua, a massive freshwater expanse just 20 miles northeast of San Juan del Sur, and its island, Ometepe, for two towering volcanoes—one active, one extinct—and pre-Columbian petroglyphs. Read More

Best Day Trip: Less than 60 miles from San Juan del Sur, Granada is Central America's oldest colonial city. Walk through leafy Parque Central to the ornate Granada Cathedral.

Where to Eat: Three blocks from the Pelican Eyes, El Colibri ("hummingbird" in Spanish) has everything you want from a classic garden café: a mosaic-tiled dining room and an exotic (for these parts, anyway) Mediterranean-inspired menu.
Parque Central. 505-8863-8612
Lunch for two $16.

Where to Drink: Catch sunset views from the open-air deck at Henry's Iguana Beach Bar & Restaurant, a no-frills beach shack where the beers and mango daiquiris are chilled to perfection.
1 Beach Drive.
Drinks for two $8.
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Scenic beaches of Nicaragua.

Scenic beaches of Nicaragua.

Why Go Now

June 8-16, 2014
ISA World Junior Surfing Championship
Sponsored by the International Surfing Association, expect fierce and dazzling competition from some of the world's best male and female surfers under the age of 18.
Jiquilillo Beach.

July 19, 2014
Revolution Day
This nationwide celebration marks the day in 1979 that the Somoza dictatorship was defeated by the National Liberation Army in the Nicaraguan Revolution.
Around the country.

August 1, 2014
Fiesta Day
One of the most popular of Nicaraguan holidays, it features fireworks, parades, traditional music, dancing and food.
All around the country.

September 20, 2014
Fiestas Patronales de San Jerónimo
Every year, the outrageous parties of the Fiesta Patronales, held in Masaya, honor its Patron Saint Jerome.

October 25, 2014
Fiesta de los Agüisotes
Held on the last Friday of every October in Masaya, this annual event is like a costume carnival meets dance party, with locals dressing up as characters from native lore.

Pelican Eyes Resort and Spa

San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

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