Canopy Touring -- Had enough of surf? Fancy tearing across the tree tops at 70kmph (43 mph)? Da Flying Frog (tel. 505/8613-4460; firstname.lastname@example.org) specializes in an epic 3.2km (2-mile) canopy ride through the forest that is easily the best in the country. It all takes place on a ranch a small distance from the town on the Chocolata Road. Here, you do a quick tutorial before climbing a hilltop by jeep, where you get a great view of the bay. Sixteen cables connect 17 platforms, the longest of which is 300m (984 ft.). The excursion costs C660, including a pick-up in town. Trekking and horseback riding are also available.
Fishing -- The coast offers excellent sea fishing, with marlin, yellow tuna, sail fish, and snapper all available to catch. The best time of the year to fish is April to November. San Juan Fishing Charter (tel. 1-936/522-6723; www.sanjuanfishingcharter.com ) has a boat called the Aquaholic that you can rent for a half day or full day for C9,900 or C13,200, respectively.
Sailing -- San Juan del Sur's surrounding coastland makes the perfect playground for an afternoon on a boat. Hotel Pelican Eyes (tel. 505/2568-2110) organizes excursions on a 14m (46-ft.) sailboat starting at C760 for a half day and C1,520 for a full day. Action Tours (tel. 505/8843-8157; www.actiontoursurfnica.com) combines cruising, fishing, and surfing. A full-day trip costs C3,420.
Surfing -- San Juan del Sur has become San Juan del Surf, and you will find many boarders testing the waves on the beaches north and south of what has easily become the surf center of Nicaragua. You can catch good waves all year round but particularly in the rainy season, from March to November, when waves can get as high as 4m (13 ft.). The two big inland lakes ensure there is a constant offshore breeze. The water is warm, averaging 77°F (25°C), but can cool considerably from December to April, when a wetsuit top is a good idea. Beginners are advised to go in the dry season, when the weather is more amenable and the waves average between 1 and 2m (3 1/4-6 1/2 ft.). Some of the best breaks are accessed by boat only. Playa Madera to the north has two left and right breaks and an increasing selection of surf camps. It can get crowded on weekends. Panga Drops is a reef break just north of Playa Madera that can be accessed only by boat. Playa Tamarindo is probably the best of the beaches south of the town, having a long wave with left and right breaks. Hardcore surfers should go farther north to lose the crowds. Here, a series of beaches are world famous amongst surfers, especially Popoyo. Beware of surfing etiquette on each beach, where certain waves are left to the locals to ride and it is considered bad form to hog, especially if you are a beginner. Boards can be hired in town at Arena Caliente, beside the market (tel. 505/8636-1769; www.arenacaliente.com) for C220, and lessons are on offer for C700. This outfit can also help you with a lift to the beach for C95. Dale Dagger's Surf Nicaragua, 1 block inland from the Mercado Municipal (tel. 505/2568-2492; www.nicasurf.com), is one of the better-established surfing outfitters, offering excursions and weeklong all-inclusive packages for $1,500, including accommodations. It's best to write or call in advance to assure your spot.
Yoga -- Nica Yoga (tel. 505/8400-0255; www.nicayoga.com) is Nicaragua's first yoga community, located 3km (1 3/4 miles) north of town on the road to Rivas. Thatched huts surround a hardwood floor communal space. Here, you can take an all-inclusive yoga retreat, with accommodations and surfing excursions provided. Double rooms start at $49 per night, with a minimum stay of 2 nights required.