The first area to be developed in San Juan
del Sur has been the beach. Other areas are not yet that extensively developed, so there are still many great and relatively untouched areas.
Around San Juan del Sur, there are many interesting places for ecotourism. For example, in a beach in San Juan del Sur called La Flor (pictured to the right) is one of the two beaches in Nicargua that are World Heritage Sites for a particular type of tortoise. These tortoises come from thousands of miles away to nest on La Flor and leave their eggs there. There are only seven beaches in the world of this type, and of those seven, Nicaragua has two in the Pacific coast. La Flor is a reserve.
Sanj Juan del Sur also has several private forests in the area (most of which are private reserves), which are one of the very few tropical forests that still remain in all of the Pacific coast of Latin America.
Close by to San Juan del Sur and in the same department of Rivas, you also have Ometepe Island, which is the largest island in the world in a fresh water lake. Ometepe Island is made of two volcanoes, one active and another dormant, which is a natural reserve as well and is a very nice place for ecotourism. Around the island are small hotels. On the lake itself, you have natural reserves.
San Juan del Sur also has great places for bird watching.
All these attractions other than those on the beach are not very well developed because most of the focus in the area is on the beach.