Looking for big waves and an even bigger party scene? San Juan Del Sur on the Pacific coast of Nicaragua is a dream come true for surfers.

Both Playa Maderas and Playa Hermosas (where season 22 of US TV show Surviver was filmed) are great for surfing, while the local beach (pictured below) is perfect for sunbathing and enjoying a few beers.

San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua - Beaches in San Juan Del Sur - Nicaragua

San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua - Beaches in San Juan Del Sur - Fabulous Travel Guide

Where to party

If you’re a girl head to Iguana to drink free from 8-10 every night Sun-Thurs. If you’re a guy? Head down there anyway as it’s packed to the rafters with fun-loving ladies.

The Black Whale is another cool bar with several pool tables, hammocks and live music. Be sure to try the biggest burgers in town (120 cordobas) – they are literally bigger than your head…

Where to eat

For breakfast try El Gato Negro. It has a great, chilled out vibe and you can browse the book store while you’re waiting for food. Make sure you try one of the infamous smoothies – they’ll leave you feeling like a new person!

Big Wave Dave’s is another cool hangout that serves up great North American food, such as nachos and fajitas. It also shows all the major sporting events.

Looking for somewhere to stay? Check out our pick of the best hostels and find out more fun things to do in Central America.