Preparing for your arrival
The closest airport in Nicaragua is Augusto C. Sandino, in Managua, which is a 2 hour and 15 minute drive from San Juan del Sur.
This is the airport that we are offering the free shuttle from
Alternatively, there are two options in Costa Rica: flying into Liberia (~2 hour drive) or San Jose (~5 hour drive).
Shuttles will be organized to get from the International Airport of Managua. If you opted for this option, a driver will be waiting for you with a NOMA COLLECTIVE sign.
If by any reason you cannot make the shuttle, no worries, it is super easy to arrange a taxi, they’re available 24 hours. (more or less USD $2-5)
If you opted to make your own way, please head to the hotel reception area and check in as you would a normal hotel visit.
Once you are all settled in your room, we’ll have a Welcome ceremony, where we will give you an orientation whereby we will run through the program and show you around the hotel. This is also a great opportunity to meet other Noma community members.
Things you should know before you pack:
The average temperature in San Juan del Sur in August for a typical day ranges from a high of 85°F (30°C) to a low of 79°F (26°C). Some would describe it as very warm with a gentle breeze.
Be prepared that there might be light showers occasionally mainly through the night. Don't worry, you'll still have beautiful sunny days.
Packing list Noma recommends:
Cash - The currency is codobas (there are ATMS in town, most places do not accept card)
Light clothing, it is likely to be warm throughout your stay
Comfortable Walking shoes/ open toes slippers/ sandals
Clothing and shoes that you wouldn’t mind getting dirty on excursion
Bottle for water
Dry bag - useful but not necessary
Ethernet adaptor if you require an ethernet cable
Important - all guest communication is on slack.
Please click on the below image to join our Noma slack channel
Slack App is available on Web, Android and iOS. Please join Noma Collective on Slack clicking on the slack logo above.
When you join Noma Collective, please do the following:
1. DM @teamnoma letting them know the Edition location & month you are attending. We will add you into the correct channels.
2. Add a display picture and a short bio sentence of current/ previous job roles and any personal information of interest that you’d like to share in the ‘what I do’ section in the edit profile section. This will help our Noma community identify each other!
The channels you will be added to are:
News-and-events - For anything related to on-site events and activity sign-ups.
@teamnoma uses this channel to let you know about the onsite event programme and a daily announcement
Please refrain from posting in this channel. If you want to respond to something the team has sent, you can 'reply in thread' of the comment.
Onsite-chat- For community conversation. Use this as and when you please.
Alumni - For our whole Noma Collective Community
You can also DM anyone by selecting their name in the bottom left which will enable you to discuss anything in private
If you have any questions for us, or any issues with anything on-site, please DM @TeamNoma
Also, if you’d like to flag anything in a general chat for our attention, simply add @TeamNoma to your post and we’ll pick it up.
We will monitor slack between 8am and 8pm daily (apart from the Community Manager's day off) if there’s anything urgent outside of those hours then please contact the front desk at the resort
The Neighborhood - San Juan Del Sur
This coastal town on the Pacific Ocean plays host to a beautiful bay, a great gastronomic scene, and hospitable, cheerful people. While the local economy was, for many years, based on fishing and shipping, it has shifted towards tourism in the last 20 years. It is now a popular destinations for surfers, Nicaraguan families, and foreign tourists.
The typical food of San Juan del Sur is simple and comforting: rice, beans, plantain, fish. Over the past years, many new restaurants with international cuisine offerings have opened.
San Juan del Sur is considered the “Mecca of Surfing” in Nicaragua. Swell chasers will find many spots pumping both north and south of the Bay. Maderas is a must.
Located 20 km south of the city, you’ll find “Wildlife Refuge La Flor.” It protects unique and very important resources, including 5 species of sea turtles that nest on Nicaragua’s Pacific beaches. Playa La Flor is one of the few in the world that annually receives the arrival of Paslama turtles between July-January. It is possible to camp on the beach to observe the spawning of these turtles.
Outsite Nicaragua - Our Noma Home
Escape to your own private surf lodge in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua. Our stunning location offers breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean, with a patio, plunge pool, and lounge area to relax and unwind. The main shared workspace features vibrant murals by local artist David López, overlooking the ocean and garden. Stay active at the on-site gym or lounge by the large infinity pool with patio seating, while enjoying a refreshing smoothie from the cafe. Outsite San Juan del Sur, nestled within a gated community atop a small hill, is the ultimate serviced coliving space for digital nomads, flexible professionals, and business travelers seeking a perfect blend of work, life, and connection.
There will be a Outsite and a Noma Community Manager onsite for any issues you may have.
Any security issues
Housekeeping: There is housekeeping 3 times a week
Laundry service: There is a laundry on-site for all guests to use as and when they would like.
- 114 mbps
- Well-equipped kitchen
- Bedroom linens
- Soaps and shampoos
- Desks in all rooms
- Laundry on-site
- Outdoor space
- Secure building entry
- Room door locks
- A/C in Bedrooms Only
- Parking is available at Outsite.
Food & Beverage
Currently, there is no restaurant onsite. However, we do have a communal kitchen that's available 24/7 to all Noma guests and lots of options close-by to eat and drink from.
When Going Offsite
Some of our recommended spots close to the Outsite accommodation:
The Beach House:
Sushi special on Fridays
Food (Quick bites)
Aquaholic (Nacascolo Bay):
10 minutes from San Juan del Sur
Kayak and Paddleboard rentals
15 minutes from San Juan del Sur
Entrance Fee: $3
Bocana Beach House:
15 minutes from San Juan del Sur
Camping and bonfires
The Art Warehouse
Coffee workshop, art studio
Ding Repair Coffee
Best dining with a sunset view
1. El Timon Restaurant
2. Vivian Restaurant
3. Iguanas Bar
4. El buen Gusto Restaurant
5. La Terraza Pizzeria
Casual but Delicious
1. Dale Pues
2. Dos Chinos
3. Monchis Pizza
4. The Best
5. The beach house
6. El Social
There are plenty of beautiful beaches, surfing, snorkelling/diving and jungle treks waiting to be explored.
Walking and Biking
San Juan del Sur is a walkable and bike-friendly town, making it easy to explore the different cafes and shops, and get to the beach. 07 minutes walking from Outsite to town.
To explore beaches beyond the Bay, taxis and shuttles are available. These typically cost around $10 one-way.
Scooters and ATVs
Scooters and ATVs make it easier to visit the surrounding area. They cost $60-120 per day. Contact the Community Manager to arrange a vehicle.
If you're planning to surf, we highly recommend renting a car to reach Popoyo and Maderas.
Your Digital Nomad Guide
As digital nomads ourselves, we know how important it is to our community to change their working environments.
Whether you prefer a quiet private space of the desks in bedrooms, or a collaborative coworking space, we have versatile options to suit your work style. Outsite's workspaces offer high-speed internet, comfortable seating, and a professional environment, allowing you to stay focused and productive throughout the day.
Of course, all of these areas have great Wi-Fi however if there are any drops, please contact the Outsite Community Manager
As with all Editions, we provide every guest with local sim cards with pre loaded data for you to hotspot from.
Our community, events and code of conduct
We announce the weekly events Schedule on slack every Sunday Afternoon, which includes, depending on the day, 2 or 3 events.
Wellbeing: Yoga, meditation, running/walks around the town.
Adventure: Weekly adventures exploring the town secrets.
Community: We host various events to bring everyone together like our family dinner or potlucks.
Professional Growth: Noma community members have the chance to host workshops that are either their professional background or something they find interesting or useful for other guests. We usually have one a week. If this is something you're interested in - please reach out to the Community Manager to plan this into our schedule.
Code of Conduct
We are a community, please be supportive in people’s efforts to organise things and ask questions. There are no such things as stupid questions or boring events.
We have a lot of solo travellers and people’s arrival times are staggered, so please make sure that you’re friendly and welcoming to new arrivals as it can be a pretty daunting process at the start.
We attract people from all backgrounds, creeds and ideologies. Please be conscious when making comments about religions, divisive political figures or national stereotypes. Be considerate. Social etiquette applies here as it does elsewhere:
- Don't touch people without their consent
- Respect people’s privacy, including their right to personal space (they might not want to be disturbed)
- Report any unsavory, criminal or unwelcome behaviour to a member of the resort staff
If you feel uncomfortable and are not sure how to deal with a situation then Team Noma are always on hand to help. We will exercise discretion unless you specify otherwise. Please feel free to reach out to Calla on @TeamNoma on slack or grab us in person for a chat.
Transfers to the Airport
Shuttles to Managua will be organized.
If you prefer to make your own way, we can call you a Taxi.