You can get to Playa Maderas from San Juan del Sur by water taxi, taxi, or bicycle. The water taxi can leaves from Hotel Estrella at 10am and returns at 4pm, and costs about US$8. A taxi cab for two people costs about US$10-$15; the road is rough, and you may have to get out and walk up a hill or two while your cab driver tries to drive up backwards to take advantage of the front-wheel drive. A bike can be rented in San Juan del Sur for about US$5 per day. Hostel Casa Del Oro runs 3 daily Jeep shuttles to the beach with the first one leaving at 10 am and the last one returning at 5 pm. (C$50 one way, C$80 return).
A nice beach, some good surfing, and good walking along the beach to the north.
Surf, rent a surf or boogie board (about US$10 a day), or get a lesson (also about US$10). You can take a short walk north to another nice, more secluded beach offers less threatening waves for surfing or boogie boarding.
There is a food stand that sells basic food and snack items. There are no ATMs or banks, and the food stand does not accept credit cards.
Water and beer can be purchased from the food stand.
- 1 Selina Maderas, ☏ . Cheery place, communal, with pool, billiards table, hammocks, workout classes (surcharge). Breakfast a little disappointing with fruit and toast. Conveniently close to beach. $20.
- 2 The Li'l Aussie Hut, ☏ . Right on the beach (Marsella Beach), so you can feel right at home among parrots, monkeys, and crocodiles. Has wifi too.
- 3 Buena Vista Surf Club. Backpacker type of place but with good taste, lots of interactive activities (pool, billiards, yoga, etc). Breakfast included. Great deck from which to look out at the ocean dreamily.
- 4 Rapture Surfcamp Nicaragua, ☏ . Breakfast buffet and restaurant. Guided surfing lessons. Establishment is perched high above beach and business provides shuttle to get there from base of hill. Variety of accommodation options on site, from tents to bungalows. Has wifi.
- 5 Arte-Sano Hotel Cafe, ☏ . Boutique-style hotel with art on walls and gourmet restaurant and lavish pool. Has a/c, wifi, bar/dining.
- 6 Camping Matilda. A family-run place with shared dorms, two-person rooms, little "dog house" huts and some fancier rooms as well.