Beaches in Nicaragua, Surf Spots, Travel Destinations

If you’re looking for the ultimate place to soak up the sun and enjoy the cool tranquility of water, look no further than Nicaragua. With beaches stretching along both the Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea, as well a number of inland lakes and rivers, you will have no shortage of beautiful beaches to enjoy in this stunning country. In fact, many visitors have come to view Nicaragua as the ultimate beach holiday destination.

Nicaragua has all kinds of beaches imaginable, from dark sand to white sand to virgin and wild beaches with an abundance of wildlife refuges and resorts to choose from. Nicaragua has a total stretch of an unbelievable 305km of Pacific Coast and 450 km of Caribbean Coast.

The many beaches in Nicaragua are popular for a variety of reasons. Some are favored by surfers while others provide arguably some of the best windsurfing conditions in the country. Still others are known for their lively resort environment where holiday makers gather each holiday season to relax and unwind from the stresses of life. If you’re pursuing some specific hobby or sport whilst in the country, we recommend that you research which beaches will serve you best as there are so many to choose from.

The main beaches along Nicaragua’s Pacific Coast are Montelimar, San Juan del Sur, La Flor, La Boquita and Pochomil. However these are certainly not the only beaches available. Some are closely guarded surfing secrets while others are somewhat rocky and not generally enjoyed by swimmers and sunbathers. Virtually every town along the Pacific Coast features its own little beach. Corinto, for instance, is popular with visiting windsurfers and sunbathing locals alike. The western or Caribbean Coast is not as well suited to cater for tourism, but offers some unparalleled opportunities to enjoy the wonders of nature. Largely untouched by modern development, you will be able to experience beautiful coral reefs, crystal clear waters and a brush with the locals. Better suited to nature lovers than to sun bathers, the Caribbean Coast is one of Nicaragua’s best kept secrets.

Other great spots include Xiloa Lagoon, Lake Nicaragua and Ometepe Island. Carved by the forces of nature, these incredibly beautiful lakes and lagoons are every bit as enjoyable as the beaches lining the sea. If you’re planning on visiting this spectacular country, remember that there are mountains, volcanoes and lush rain forest to be explored. Why not see if you can get a taste for both of them during your vacation in this dazzling country? It’s the opportunity of a lifetime!

Look at the list below to get a description of these beautiful beaches:

Pochomil Beach
Pochomil beach is situated on Managua’s Pacific Coast. After Montelimar this beach is the nearest beach to the capital city, being only 60km away. It is perhaps the most popular beach among the people of Managua. It is popular for relaxing in the sun, bathing and tanning as well as for horseback riding. Many restaurants are situated along Pochomil with the most delectable fresh seafood dishes available.


Montelimar Beach is the closest beach to Managua city. It consists of 3km of white-sandy beaches and a resort that is managed by the Barceló Hotel chain. This beach is considered to be home to one of the most complete and most beautiful beach resorts in Central America.

La Boquita Beach
La Boquita attracts thousand of visitors each year during the holiday season. It is situated on the Pacific Coast approximately 70 km of Managua. It is the biggest tourist hub in Nicaragua, with a tourist complex that features an abundance of chic hotels, world class restaurants, bars and clubs. Despite its popularity it is also considered as one of the cleanest beaches in the country.

El Velero
El Velero has awesome swells, crystal clear waters and a perfect white sandy beach. Located in Leon, it is very popular among surfers from all over the world.

San Juan Del Sur
San Juan Del Sur beach is located about 130 km South East of Managua city. It is without a doubt the most visited beach in Central America. It is the perfect destination for water sports such as surfing, jet skiing, fishing, diving, snorkeling and bathing. This beach is a very popular holiday destination for people from all around the world and may get a little crowded during the National Holidays when radio stations, discos and other companies organize all sorts of parties along the beach.

Las Penitas
Las Penitas is situated a mere 20 km west of Leon. It is a calm, tranquil beach – the perfect destination to enjoy the sun in a peaceful environment.

La Flor Beach
Located 20 km south of San Juan del Sur, La Flor Beach is a wildlife refuge for all the different types of sea turtles that come here between July and January each year to lay their eggs. This beach is one of the five places on earth where these miraculous animals come to perform their annual ritual.

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