I have seen people go camping in San Juan Del Sur, but there isn’t as much camping to do as there is hiking to do here.
There is a lot of hiking here in San Juan Del Sur. There is lots of places to room and board for US $6 to $10 per night. Most people don’t camp, but they stay at these places (which are all over the country of Nicaragua) where there is room and board and then hike from there.
There is lots of places in San Juan Del Sur where you can organize day hiking trips because you are in the village itself. The thing that people mostly do within San Juan Del Sur is go off to the beaches on bus shuttles. You just do not go hike in San Juan Del Sur. If you want to go hiking, you will go out of town on a day trip or you will go to Granada, which is around 45 minutes away from San Juan Del Sur. Then the Mombacho mountain is around 40 minutes away from Granada.
(Mombacho Volcano and the cloud forest on its slopes, pictured.)
Mombacho is an extinct volcano with lots of trails and wildlife. They also have ziplining. You can see jaguars and there are guided tours. You can choose from 2- hour hikes to 4-hour hikes, depending on what is planned.
So there is a lot of hiking outside of San Juan Del Sur. San Juan Del Sur is not a village that you come for hiking. Hiking is one activity that you will do on a day trip to one of the exotic hills or locations. There is also lots of hiking to do in Ometepe because there is nothing else to do there.