San Juan del Sur is a coastal town on the Pacific Ocean, in south-west Nicaragua. It's popular among surfers and is a vacation spot for many Nicaraguan families and foreign tourists, who consider it an unspoiled alternative to Costa Rica. We took surfing lessons at Playa Madera with Casa Oro's surf instructor, Fredo. Unfortunately, we don't have pictures of us surfing because we were told it was best to not bring valuables to the beach. Although we felt extremely safe during our visit in both San Juan del Sur and Madera Beach.