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Like any beach town, San Juan del Sur has its fair share of reveling vacationers enjoying rum and doing extensive research into whether they prefer Victoria or Toña beer. Yet the town's nightlife is pretty sedate and civilized, with just a few bars along the beachfront and two all-night discos. Iguana Bar, half a block north of El Velero restaurant (tel. 505/2568-2085), attracts a lively young crowd of locals and visitors. It is on the beachfront and has a bar upstairs and downstairs. Bar Republika (no phone) is a small street bar located a half-block west of the Mercado Municipal. Club Sunset, in a green clapboard house on the waterfront (no phone), is open for all-night dancing Friday and Saturday. It has outside seating if the mixture of salsa and reggaeton blaring inside gets to be a little too much. There is a cover charge of C50. Bambu Beach Club (tel. 505/2568-2101) hosts DJs and bands at its lounge overlooking the beach on the northern end of the bay. At the northern end of restaurant row on the waterfront is a sports bar called Smokey's (no phone) that has bamboo walls, a pool table, and some TV screens to watch the latest game. Crazy Crab Beach Club (no phone) is a rancho-style disco at the northern end of the beach that packs in both locals and expats every weekend with DJs and occasional live music.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.