Pelican Eyes Resort - Nicaragua


Couples or Honeymooners
Group - Land Based
Solo Travellers

Stand-up Paddleboarding trip
All-Women's Surf Trips
Single Parents

Surf Skill

Learning - Advanced

Star Rating

Luxury Surf Trip


January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December


Located in the charming town of San Juan del Sur on Nicaragua's stunning Pacific Coast, Pelican Eyes is a truly one-of-a-kind hotel and resort. You can hit the surf breaks from May through early December – when the most south swells hit Nicaragua’s Pacific coast. The most popular and easily accessible surfing beach close to town is Playa Maderas – just a 20-minute excursion from Pelican Eyes Resort & Spa.

Pelican Eyes Resort & Spa is situated in the lovely seaside fishing village of San Juan del Sur, on the gorgeous southwestern Pacific Coast of Nicaragua. It is conveniently positioned near many of the country’s most fascinating tourist destinations. San Juan del Sur is 2 hours south of Managua, an hour and a half south of the historic colonial town of Granada, 30 minutes north of the Costa Rican border, and less than 20 minutes from the shores of Lake Nicaragua.

This resort and spa offers a perfect mix of local hospitality, charm, architectural flair, and commitment to the community, all in a unique setting that blends harmoniously with the natural environment and local culture.

Downtown San Juan Del Sur is the definition of colourful. Painted shops and murals dot the streets. There are beachside restaurants and bars and you can watch people pass-by and sip coffee in the cafes.

Seasoned veterans and novices alike hit the breaks from May through early December – when the most south swells hit Nicaragua’s Pacific coast. The most popular and easily accessible surfing beach close to town is Playa Maderas – just a 20-minute excursion from Pelican Eyes Resort & Spa.


Pelican Eyes guestrooms feature high ceilings, graceful arched windows, airy terraces, exposed natural woods, handcrafted furniture and Central American artwork.

Accommodation options:


"Habitaciones" are large, delux, one-bedroom hotel rooms, featuring two beds (king or queen available), a small kitchen and a large bathroom with shower. Located near the front of the resort, the habitaciones are close to La Casada and lower infinity pool.


Studios are one-room units featuring 2 beds, (king or queen available), a small fully-equipped gourmet kitchen, a cosy dining area, and a large bathroom with shower. 2 of the studio units also include a small private pool on the open patio, which can fit up to 10 adults comfortably.


Townhouses are large, one-bedroom accommodations with two bathrooms, offering maximum space and privacy. They boast 2 queen beds, 2 bathrooms, a spacious gourmet kitchen/dining room area, and living room with a queen size convertible futon couch.


Casas are the largest of all accommodation options: Open and spacious 2-bedroom houses with 1 or 2 bathrooms. They offer a combination of one king plus two queen beds, a spacious gourmet kitchen/dining room area, and a living room. Some also include a queen-size, convertible, futon couch.

All types of accommodation feature:

  • Air conditioning and ceiling fans.
  • Satellite TV and stereo, and DVD.
  • Convenience kitchen (including a small microwave, mini-refrigerator, and coffee maker).


  • Gourmet kitchen (including a large microwave, full gas stove and oven, large refrigerator with ice maker, coffee maker, fully equipped with a wide array of cooking utensils, pots, and pans, and table settings for 8.
  • Purified water.
  • Private patio or terrace.
  • Large private bathroom with hot water.

Surf & Other Activities


Nicaragua has a lush tropical climate with two distinctive seasons. A wet rainy season from May to December and a dry season from January to mid-May. There are three main climatic zones: a wet tropical, a wet and dry tropical, and a mild highland. Average annual precipitation in Managua is 1,140 mm and average temperature ranges are from 20 degrees Celsius to 44 degrees Celsius all year.

They are blessed with perpetual offshore winds in the southern region of the country, allowed by Lake Nicaragua (Lago Cocibolca). Dominant NE trade winds from the Caribbean are accelerated across Nicaragua’s narrow land mass by the absence of mountains in the southern region by the presence of Lake Cocibolca, a massive inland lake. The offshore winds turn the swells into clean, hollow lines and almond-shaped barrels at many points which are abundant in Nicaragua’s Pacific coastline. With solid S swells and some of the best points, rock reefs and sandbars in Central America, this is a recipe for perfection.

Nicaragua is the ultimate surfing frontier in Central America. Its approximately 300+ kilometers of Pacific Coastline is a swell magnet for SW and S hemisphere swells which average 4-8 feet, and sometimes more on the biggest swells. Nicaragua is yet un-crowded. They are privileged to surf and enjoy world-class waves in a vast array of beaches and surf spots, which are spread out all over Nicaragua’s pacific coastline. Primary swell source is SW and S hemisphere ground swell, for which the orientation of our coastline is ideal. With solid and consistent swell, they hold some of the best surf in Central America.

Pelican Eyes Surf Retreat is an amazing option to experience surfing in Nicaragua! Offering ocean view accommodation and being only steps from the main surf breaks, they also offer surfboard rental, daily transport to Playa Maderas or Playa Hermosa and a professional surf guide. For both beginners and experienced surfers, they have put together the ultimate surfer packages.

Other Activities and Services

San Juan del Sur and the neighbouring regions around Nicaragua hotel and resort are filled with adventure, culture and history. Whether that means sailing, surfing some of the best breaks on the Nicaraguan coast, horseback riding in the surrounding hills, visiting artisan markets in Masaya or touring one of Nicaragua’s colonial cities such as Granada or Leon, ask them to help you organise it.

La Cascada Bar & Restaurant

Known for its ideal location overlooking the Pacific, surrounded by spectacular nature, La Cascada offers delicious national and international gourmet cuisine. Guests are invited to enjoy their food in the open air and watch the sunset over the beautiful bay of San Juan del Sur. La Cascada is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner from 7:00 am - 10 pm (Bar open until 11:00 pm).

Bistro La Canoa

Surrounded by gently flowing brick walkways and lagoons of lush bougainvillea, Bistro La Canoa floats in cooling shade above infinity lap pool. Come in for an early breakfast, a variety of bistro lunch specialties, or a refreshing beverage as you relax poolside. Open daily – 7 am until 5 pm (the bar is open until 6 pm).

Spa Casa Tranquila

Experience a sanctuary of complete body renewal. Casa Tranquila is a calming space shaded by natural flora. This Central America spa is here for your relaxation, recovery and comfort. Their therapists are highly skilled in the latest massage and body care techniques - make sure you visit them during your stay in Nicaragua.

Sailing Trips

Explore the sunny (and largely undiscovered) southern pacific coastline aboard a 12.5m sloop. As you enjoy the balmy ocean breezes, the licensed captain and experienced crew will treat you to the true warmth of our local San Juan Del Sur hospitality. Your only job is to relax and watch the pelicans dive and seagulls dance. An afternoon cruise often ends with a breathtaking sunset or moonrise – or both!

Other Surf Experiences

Pelican Eyes Resort is amazing. It's far and away the nicest place I've ever stayed in Nicaragua. The staff was incredibly helpful and professional. The food and drinks were excellent -- their seafood and wine are not to be missed. The accommodations were grandiose. My private villa had towering ceilings, a full kitchen, a dining room with a large, tasteful painting by a local artist, air conditioning, large comfy beds, three bathrooms, a private driveway, and an expansive veranda with rocking chairs and epic views of the Pacific. Beautiful tropical flowers were everywhere they obviously pay close attention to gardening and landscaping the grounds. The three different infinity pools are spacious and have amazing views of the town of San Juan and the bay, which is a short five-minute walk down the hill. The highlight of my stay was sailing on their private yacht to a secluded beach. Snorkeling, sailing, free drinks, ceviche, and tajadas... and then the captain dropped us off at a beach break for a surf on the way home and someone from the resort came and picked us up after sunset. I didn't make it to the spa but they have a spa in the resort that I heard was amazing and inexpensive. My friend went and got a treatment from their acupuncturist and chiropractor. My stay at Pelican Eyes was especially relaxing and comfortable. This type of resort is extremely hard to find in Nicaragua. The people in charge are doing a great job. I would definitely go back.

Experience Begun: August 2012
Created on: Friday 15 February 2013

Love this place. In fact, we really love Nicaragua. I have been there multiple times for work - but we decided to make a vacation of one trip and stay in San Juan del Sur - what a good idea that was.Pelican Eyes is fantastic. The food, the service and the amazing views. A real gem of a vacation spot in one of Latin Americas most under-traveled countries. A must see place and a must visit country.

Experience Begun: November 2011
Created on: Friday 15 February 2013