Rio San Juan

Rio San Juan, photo by Stoschmidt
Rio San Juan (photo by Stoschmidt)
 

Río San Juan is a river and region in southeastern Nicaragua.

The river provides a variety of boating options, including public or private boat (“’pangas”). Kayaking is also possible.

The river has few settlements and much of it is rainforest, with diverse wildlife along the way, and even an old fort.

The main town for starting travel is San Carlos, at the confluence of Lake Nicaragua and the San Juan River. From there the river flows to the Caribbean.

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Overall Atmosphere: Natural
A Natural Atmosphere includes a diverse range of destinations with outdoor-oriented features, including both water-based (beaches, rivers, lakes, etc) and land-based (mountains, forests, deserts, etc). It also includes specific outdoor activities, ranging from water adventuring (eg, kayaking, sailing) to land adventuring (eg, hiking, biking).

Natural Interests tend to be:
(a) outdoors-oriented, and therefore more dependent on weather conditions
(b) less easily accessible and more physically demanding than other destination categories.

In some cases (eg, rafting and climbing), this includes a significantly increased degree of adventure (or danger, depending on one's viewpoint).
Featuring mainly outdoors-oriented natural attractions.
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Hotel de Campo

Offering an outdoor pool and a restaurant, Hotel de Campo is located in Caño Negro Wildlife Reserve in Alajuela. Free WiFi access is available in this property. Each room here will provide you with air conditioning. Average score from 58 guest reviews: 8.5/10.

$80

 
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Posada Doña Juanita

Featuring free WiFi throughout the property, Posada Doña Juanita offers accommodation in San Carlos. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar. All rooms are fitted with a flat-screen TV. Some units feature a seating area where you can relax. Average score from 10 guest reviews: 8.1/10.

$35

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Hostal Bambu

Featuring free WiFi and a barbecue, Hostal Bambu offers accommodation in San Carlos. Free private parking is available on site. All rooms include a flat-screen TV. You will find a coffee machine in the room. Average score from 7 guest reviews: 7.0/10.

$7

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Natural Lodge Caño Negro

Featuring an outdoor pool and a restaurant on site, Natural Lodge Caño Negro features free WiFi access. The property is located in Caño Negro, Costa Rica, 36 km from Upala. Average score from 14 guest reviews: 7.4/10.

$130

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Hotel y Restaurante Ocaso

Featuring free WiFi and a terrace, Hotel y Restaurante Ocaso offers pet-friendly accommodation in San Carlos. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar. Every room at this hotel is air conditioned and features a flat-screen TV with cable channels. Average score from 3 guest reviews: 7.0/10.

$30

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Hotel NameRooms FromGuest Rating
Hotel de Campo

Hotel de Campo

Offering an outdoor pool and a restaurant, Hotel de Campo is located in Caño Negro Wildlife Reserve in Alajuela. Free WiFi access is available in this property. Each room here will provide you with air conditioning. Average score from 58 guest reviews: 8.5/10.

$80

 
$808.5
Hotel Grand River Lodge

Hotel Grand River Lodge

Offering a barbecue and views of the mountain, Hotel Grand River Lodge is located in El Castillo de La Concepción. The farm stay has a children's playground and sun terrace, and guests can enjoy a meal at the restaurant or a drink at the bar. Average score from 4 guest reviews: 8.2/10.

$10

$108.2
Posada Doña Juanita

Posada Doña Juanita

Featuring free WiFi throughout the property, Posada Doña Juanita offers accommodation in San Carlos. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar. All rooms are fitted with a flat-screen TV. Some units feature a seating area where you can relax. Average score from 10 guest reviews: 8.1/10.

$35

$358.1
Natural Lodge Caño Negro

Natural Lodge Caño Negro

Featuring an outdoor pool and a restaurant on site, Natural Lodge Caño Negro features free WiFi access. The property is located in Caño Negro, Costa Rica, 36 km from Upala. Average score from 14 guest reviews: 7.4/10.

$130

$1307.4
Hostal Bambu

Hostal Bambu

Featuring free WiFi and a barbecue, Hostal Bambu offers accommodation in San Carlos. Free private parking is available on site. All rooms include a flat-screen TV. You will find a coffee machine in the room. Average score from 7 guest reviews: 7.0/10.

$7

$77.0
Cabinas leyko

Cabinas leyko

Featuring free WiFi and a restaurant, Cabinas leyko offers accommodation in San Carlos, right in front of Lake Nicaragua. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar. Free private parking is available on site. You will find a 24-hour front desk at the... Average score from 88 guest reviews: 7.0/10.

$20

 
$207.0
Hotel y Restaurante Ocaso

Hotel y Restaurante Ocaso

Featuring free WiFi and a terrace, Hotel y Restaurante Ocaso offers pet-friendly accommodation in San Carlos. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar. Every room at this hotel is air conditioned and features a flat-screen TV with cable channels. Average score from 3 guest reviews: 7.0/10.

$30

$307.0
Catalanica

Catalanica

Catalanica offers pet-friendly accommodation in Isla Mancarron. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. There is a gift shop at the property. A range of activities are offered in the area, such as fishing and canoeing. Average score from 11 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$40

$40-
Hotel Mancarron-Solentiname

Hotel Mancarron-Solentiname

Hotel Mancarron-Solentiname offers accommodation in Isla Mancarron. The hotel has a terrace and a private beach area, and guests can enjoy a meal at the restaurant. Rooms come with a private bathroom. Average score from 13 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$85

$85-

Highlights:

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Combination
Boat Tours

Public Boats, Private Boats, and Kayaking

A trip down the river, either on a public or private boat (locally known as 'pangas'), or even on a kayak, is an amazing experience that allows visitors to reach great destinations. The city of San Carlos, located right in the birthplace of the river - on the shore of the lake - is the administrative center of the department, where boats can be rented.
Natural
Scenic Waterways
The San Juan slices across Central America for some 120 miles, beginning at Lake Nicaragua, forming a good stretch of the border with Costa Rica and ending at the Caribbean Sea. The city of San Carlos, located at the headwaters of the river - on the shore of the lake - is the administrative center of the department, where boats can be rented.
Tropical Forests
Float through vast jungles with tree frogs, birds, and even an old fort. Part of the river is a Biosphere Reserve.
Also of Interest:
Cultural
Castles and Forts
Natural
Kayaking and Canoeing
Wildlife and Plants

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