San Juan Del Sur is not a party town, it’s the party town. I heard stories about this place before I even set foot in Nicaragua. It is crazy, the sun is burning down on you, the drinks are flowing and it’s home to the infamous Sunday Funday. As much as I liked my time in SJDS, I’m quick to admit, I didn’t love it. Sunday Funday is a day of boozy pool partying at 3 different locations around SJDS, and ending it with some dancing at the local night club, Arribas. It is held on a Sunday (for those of you who hadn’t guessed already!) runs from the moment you wake and ends whenever you pass out. I say this in jest, although it is somewhat the truth. The official start time is 11am. Meeting at the first starting point at Patcha Mammas Hostel, you need to make sure you are there early or you will miss out on a spot to join in on the party.
I was in two minds about joining in on the Sunday Funday shenanigans. Having been to other notorious parties around the world, should I keep up the famous partying streak here? I made the choice not to go. I passed it off to being over the party scene. I do enjoy a margarita or 5, but drinking until I have no sense as to where I am or how to make it back to my hostel, I ain’t got no time for that anymore! But in the end I concluded that the major reason I didn’t join in, was the vibe that SJDS gave off. Among a few other reasons.
To join in on Sunday Funday, you pay $30. This gives you entry to the pool parties, and Arribas at the end of the night. Thrown in on top of that, you also receive a plastic wrist band and a tank top stating in big block letters that, you did in fact get shit-faced at SUNDAY FUNDAY. We get it! That’s it. No drinks. No welcome drinks, no shots, no watered down vodka and cokes. Nothing, nada! This is, at the end of the day, a bar crawl. I don’t know about you, but I have paid some serious dollar bills for pub crawls throughout the world, but I remember not paying an extra cent for a drink after welcome drinks and shots at each place you don’t need to. $30 may not seem like a massive amount of money to fork out, so I did a little research. Late Monday afternoon I met up with some friends, who the evening before had joined in on on the famous Sunday Funday. All wearing the not so flattering SUNDAY FUNDAY tank tops, I was quick to ask how much they spent on top of the $30 entrance fee. With drinks and shots my friends each had spent an extra $80 – $150 each. I’m so glad I didn’t blow my budget in exchange for the hangover from hell the next day.
As I mentioned, the vibe in SJDS wasn’t really a vibe I wanted to stay around for to long. The whole place gave off a seedy, sleazy type aura. I couldn’t imagine what vibes Sunday Funday produced. At the end of the night my curiosity got the better of me and I dropped into Arribas on my way home from dinner. Sweaty bodies, alcohol toxins and people having sex down on the beach was not my scene. I’m not judging anyone who does Sunday Sunday, go for it! I just know that cocaine fuelled, rum, vodka, tequila and anything else mixed in my stomach is not my scene anymore.
You Have To Be In The Mood
I suppose it was my mood as well. I wasn’t in the mood to socialize at Sunday Funday. There is nothing wrong with the people that go, I just couldn’t be bothered being a part of the sweaty, drunken crowd. I couldn’t be bothered with the slurring conversations at the end of the day, and I couldn’t be bothered with sleazy guys breathing their beer breath on me.
Lastly, I could not be bothered with the hangover. As I head into my late twenties, I am becoming more aware that I do not recover from a boozy night the next morning like I use to. I also think that a hangover is one of the shittiest feelings out there! In Nicaragua the heat there is nothing I have ever experienced. Most of my time I spent there I felt I was in the fiery depths of hell, it was that hot. And with almost no where (especially in SJDS) offering air-conditioned relief, I wouldn’t survive the day after Sunday Funday, in that heat, trying to recover from my hangover.
If you’re planning on heading to San Juan Del Sur anytime soon and looking forward to going to Sunday Funday, by all means go! I am not here to put you off going, this is just my opinion on why I didn’t go. Not many backpackers pass through SJDS and spend a Sunday there without leaving with a SUNDAY FUNDAY tank top and a killer hangover.