San Juan del Sur is a vibrant little town with a stunning beach of its very own, but all around it are a number of wonderful beaches that are definitely worth the detour. Plus, Nicaragua may not be a very big country, but there are many other beautiful places that you should consider visiting while you are here.
To explore the nearby beaches, you could rent a taxi for the day, but that can cost as much as $80 for a single day! You could also use the shuttles, which drive people to & from the beaches at regular hours throughout the day. These will cost you $10, but you have no control on when you leave & when you are coming back.
If you want to travel further out of San Juan and explore places like Ometepe Island, Playa Gigante, Popoyo, Rancho Santana, Granada, the Masaya volcano and the Laguna de Apoyo, you must rely on slow and crowded chicken buses.