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Suyen Vargas of Aurora Vacation Rentals Nicaragua – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Beach party, Nicaragua – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingSan Juan del Sur is a beach town so what you wear depends on your profession. Most people who go to work wear uniforms. Most travelers and locals wear T-shirts and slippers. The expats dress the same way as the locals. They wear shorts and T-shirts and they are also barefoot sometimes. A lot of people just wear bathing suits on the beach, too. You can go to nice restaurants wearing shorts and T-shirts and it’s okay.

There are still opportunities to dress up and it depends on the holidays. For example, local people dress nicer on some holidays. Normally though, people wear beach clothes in San Juan del Sur.
 
(Beach party attire illustrated in Nicaragua, pictured.)
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The dress code in San Juan Del Sur is very casual. You have to remember that it is a surfer/backpacker town. Unless you are going to or organizing a destination wedding or something similar to that, then generally speaking, it is very casual. When I dress up, for example, when I wear linen pants and a linen shirt, I feel quite self-conscious.
 
I look like a rich guy, and suddenly I think, “Oh my, I’m a target!”
 
I just do not like standing out and I feel so self-conscious being too dressy. When you dress up to go out to dinner and you put on something nice to wear, you feel quite self-conscious because even the nicest restaurants in town will be filled with people who just came off the beach or from surfing. They would be wearing surfer shirts or tank tops, or shirtless completely, and shorts. It is very casual even in the nicest restaurants, so there is zero dress code.
 
Native Nicaraguans are always smartly dressed. They are probably even more nicely dressed than the expats here in San Juan Del Sur. They take a great deal of pride in their clothing. It is not to say that they are in posh or fancy clothing, but they wear jeans and t-shirts.
Eugenio Cortez of Hacienda & Ecolodge Morgan´s Rock – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
San Juan del Sur, Rivas, Nicaragua – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingThe dress code in San Juan Del Sur is very casual and relaxed. People wear beach attire here, since we are on the beach. You will see a lot of shorts and sandals. Women wear short dresses, shorts and tank tops. It is the same dress code even at night.
 
It is a little hot here in San Juan Del Sur, so people just want to dress comfortably. Even if you are going to a fancy restaurant, you can go in just shorts and flip flops. The dress code is not something that people put much importance into. Fancy restaurants, of course, will not let you in if you are just wearing a bikini, or if you do not have a top. But if you are wearing just casual beach clothes, then that is fine.
 
There are some restaurants where you can dress up, but still dressing up here in San Juan Del Sur is not the same as dressing up in New York City. It is nothing elegant.
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San Juan del Sur restaruant on the beach, at sunset, looking at ocean – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingThe dress code in San Juan Del Sur is extremely casual. It is sunny all year. We have rainy season but even when it rains, it is still hot. The coldest that it ever got here was 18 degrees Celsius or around 65 degrees Fahrenheit.

It is always hot so you will not see anybody wearing a suit here in San Juan Del Sur. I like to wear pants at night when I go out to dinners but during the day, I always wear shorts and sandals and that is pretty much what everyone else wears, even the Nicaraguans. If they are working in construction, then they wear pants. Even women are casual; they wear shorts, miniskirts, and sandals.

I even conduct business wearing shorts and sandals and my clients wear shorts and sandals during our meetings. There is no dress code even in the banks or government offices. I only wear pants, a short-sleeved polo shirt, and closed shoes if I will go to a formal meeting. Women dress up a bit as well during formal meetings. They wear dress pants, blouses, or dresses.

There is no place that will not accommodate you if you are not dressed to a certain standard. There may be some that will not let you in if you are wet and full of sand from the ocean but even some restaurants do, especially the restaurants that are near the beach.

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Because San Juan Del Sur is a surf town, the dress code is casual beachwear, but I think sometimes people forget that Nicaragua is a very Christian community and people should not be wearing their bikinis to the town, but should cover up.

There are not a lot of opportunities for dressing anywhere near formal in San Juan Del Sur.

The North Americans find it quite warm here in San Juan Del Sur so, they wear beach casual such as a shawl over a bathing suit, shorts and flip-flops. Their clothing choices is something to deal with the fact that it is ho, whereas the locals and the older women often wear skirts and blouses and, the local men in the surf industry wear pants and shirts.

There is almost no dress code, in a sense, because you can pretty much wear whatever you want anywhere you go. There is no place in San Juan Del Sur that will not accommodate you because you are not dressed to a certain standard.

Therefore, people feel comfortable in whatever they wear. It is only the locals that might feel uncomfortable if they see someone who is not well covered up so it is better to be a little more modest than you would be otherwise in order to make everyone else feel a little more comfortable.

Diony Fuentes of Liv Nicaragua – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account

In San Juan Del Sur, it’s very common to see women who are around their 20s walk around in a bikini and shorts. Guys wear their beach clothes such as shorts and tank tops. Older guys wear shorts and a simple tee shirt. Older ladies wear sun dresses or a shorts and shirt ensemble.

You can go basically anywhere in San Juan Del Sur in beach clothing. There are no restrictions at all. It’s all up to you if you want to dress up to look a bit formal if you are going to a specific event or place. For example, if a guy is going to El Timon, which is a high-end restaurant in San Juan Del Sur, he may choose to wear linen pants and a short-sleeved shirt. 

You would dress up a little for formal events or places but you don’t have to, since there are no rules on dress code. Generally, nobody has to dress up to go anywhere. You can even go to the bank or any government office, and still wear shorts, tank tops, and flip flops. Some people even go around barefooted and it’s not a problem. 

Daniel Snider of Snider's Realty Nicaragua – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Local Nicaraguans are quite formal dressers. They wear long sleeved shirts, blue jeans, and boots. You will easily tell the foreigners apart from the locals since the foreigners dress in more relaxed clothing such as shorts, flip flops and so on. The foreigners (expats) would dress this way even in going out to restaurants but of course there are some upscale restaurants where you would want to dress up a little to fit in.
 
Formal clothing in San Juan Del Sur could mean wearing Sperry Topsiders, nice linen pants and a floral buttoned shirt or a nice tee shirt. If you are going to a wedding or any even like that, you can wear this ensemble and that is formal enough for a beach wedding.
 
It is pretty warm in San Juan Del Sur to be wearing a sports coat. I would say a long sleeved linen shirt would be the heaviest clothing you would want to wear because it’s so hot.
 
Women wear nice long dresses but in more of a beach motif. At weddings, women wear nice long dresses but they always take into account that they are at the beach so even their dresses look very relaxed.
 
As a real estate agent, when I go out to check lots and properties, I wear a polo shirt with our logo on it, khaki pants, and boots. There are no rules about clothing here. You wouldn’t find a place that wouldn’t let you in if you didn’t wear a specific type of clothing.
 
If you were to go to a traditional Nicaraguan’s home and let’s say you were invited for dinner, you may wear a long sleeved shirt. Try not to wear flip-flops but instead wear close-toed shoes. Your clothing doesn’t have to be fancy or extravagant, just decent or suitable for the occasion. Nicaraguans like to look good and we like our guests to look good, too.
George Cooper of Casa de Cooper – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
The dress code in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua, is very casual.  We are a beach town so we dress like it.  Shorts, t-shirts and cover-ups for the ladies is an appropriate dress.  Flip flops are the causal footwear.  
 
As business casual, you would dress with long pants, shoes w/socks and a nice comfortable button shirt.  You will find designer cloths to some unknown clothes that surfers wear.
 
For a more formal look such as going out to dinner, tennis shoes with socks, pressed shorts and a casual golf shirt would fit the bill for a man.  The women would more than likely follow with the same thing and perhaps a sun dress.  However, some of the restaurants only require flip flops, swimsuits and no shirt which is not all that common even on the beach.  You might want to scout the restaurants before dining.
 
Eduardo Cabrales of García & Bodán – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Being an Attorney, I have to dress up for work. Not tie and suit luckily, but at least long sleeve shirts and dress pants. But I´m sure I am probably the only one you will see here with that dress code.
 
San Juan is a beach town so the dress code is definitely tropical wear: you will see a lot of t-shirts, tank tops, Hawaiian shirts, or no shirts at all. You should expect sunglasses and hats, as well as all type of shorts. Make sure you keep a swimsuit handy because you never know when you will end up craving for a dip in a pool or the ocean.
 
At nights, you should expect more of the same, although women like their dresses and some men opt for a dress shirt if going out to dinner party. Depending on the season, it might get windy so long sleeves or light sweaters could work.
 
Personally, for footwear, I stick to sandals when I´m not at work, unless we are going to a nice restaurant (there are some good ones here) because then I switch it to loafers.   

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