Pelican Eyes Resort & Spa

Family-friendly, grand, Gaudí-esque architecture

Calle Sotavento, San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua


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At a Glance

The only reliable option for staying in the charming surfer town, San Juan del Sur, Pelican Eyes boasts grand villas that are nice for families, but visitors should be prepared for rustic infrastructure and spotty service.


Designed in 1989 by Chris Berry, an American ballet dancer and Stanford-educated lawyer, Pelican Eyes resort has 69 villas whose undulating lines and red tiles give an impression of Gaudi-meets-Mexico. The spa with a magical view of the beach crescent and towering statue of Jesus offers treatments with products using ingredients grown on the property. The bar and restaurant, also with stunning views, is overseen by a Mexican chef and Argentine sommelier. Ingredients are local because the management is concerned with sustainability, healthy eating and supporting the local economy. Pelican Eyes Resort can arrange a sunset sailing cruise along the coastline in their private sailboat with a crew.

Who Should Stay

Those looking to stay in the surfer town of San Juan del Sur.

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