What are the best beaches in Nicaragua

Nicaragua: The most beautiful beaches & lonely islands on the Pacific & Caribbean coast

In Nicaragua you still have the unique chance, lonely, abandoned and deserted beaches and islands to be able to enjoy in peace. Because tourism has hardly penetrated Nicaragua so far and nature is almost untouched. The country has a lot to offer: freshwater lakes, Volcanoes, nature reserves and canyons are just waiting to be discovered by you. On the Pacific and Caribbean coast you will find numerous, beautiful, snow-white beaches with turquoise blue water. On the paradise islands you can feel like Robinson Crusoe for once, because there is hardly any electricity or internet there. So you have no choice but to just go switch off, relaxed to put your feet up, the warm ones Sunbeams to enjoy on the skin and at the same time the quiet Sound of the waves to listen to. You will now find out from me where you can find the most beautiful beaches in Nicaragua.

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The most beautiful beaches and islands at a glance


The Pacific is above all a real paradise for surfers. Surf professionals as well as complete beginners will find perfect waves on the Pacific coast of Nicaragua. After a strenuous surfing session, you can use the Quiet enjoy on the deserted beaches or relax in one in the evening Beach bar sipping a delicious cocktail while enjoying the wonderfulsunset slowly turning the sky red directly above the sea.


The playa Las Peñitas is about 20 kilometers away from León, a colonial city in the north of Nicaragua. The beach offers you with one very strong waves the perfect surfing conditions. There is a relaxed atmosphere on the beach itself, there are many small cafes and beach bars where you can enjoy local, Nicaraguan food. Plus, it's definitely worth that Surroundings to explore a little more closely. Various excursions take you through volcanic landscapes and the Mangrove forests,which border directly on the beach. The volcano is very close by Cerro Negro in the middle of a mountain range of many other active volcanoes. On the beach itself you can also go on a guided ride on a horse ride into the sunset.

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San Juan del Sur

At thePlaya Maderas, half an hour from San Juan del Sur is the perfect surf spot with constant waves. Surfers and backpackers from all over the world are drawn here, because there are many restaurants and bars where you can sip delicious, cool cocktails while the sun slowly sets over the sea. On wildBeach partiesyou can then party all night long. After a night of partying, the one next door is quiet Marsella Beachthe perfect beach for you to just laze around and enjoy the warm rays of the sun on your skin. Surrounded by green rainforest, you can swim, walk, kayak, ride along the beach or even go on a sailing tour at certain times Whales observe.

Playa Popoyo

The long waves in front of Playa Popoyo are ideal for advanced surfers. Further south there are also some spots that are for pure Surf beginner are suitable. There are even boat tours on site that will take you to the best surfing spots in the area. Those who have never been on the board can take lessons on the beach in one of the many surf schools. The white and black sand beaches are perfect for jogging or to watch the surfers conquer the waves.

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Playa El Coco

Playa El Coco is located south of San Juan del Sur and, with its beautiful nature and white sand, is one of the most beautiful beaches in the country. They're waiting in the water perfect waves to be tamed by you. To the north, right next to Playa El Coco, is the Playa Hermosa, not to be confused with the beach of the same name in Costa Rica. Depending on the season, you can go to both beaches Baby turtle walks watch towards the sea.

Playa La Flor

Around 45 minutes away from San Juan del Sur you will find several beautiful beaches right next to each other at Playa La Flor. The special thing about it: there is one on the beach Turtle sanctuary - The unique ones come in the period between January and July Olive ridged turtles here. Every turtle mum lays round 100 eggs in the sand. After an average of 50 days, the little babies hatch and you can watch them waddle into the sea for the very first time. The cute turtles are around 70 centimeters tall and weigh a maximum of 50 kilos. The olive ridged turtle got its name from the olive-green color of its heart-shaped shell.

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There are many in the Caribbean lonely, deserted islands. There, deserted, white sandy beaches with hammocks, stretched between coconut palms, are waiting for you. The crystal clear, turquoise blue sea hides a colorful underwater world that you can discover during a snorkeling tour.

Pearl Cays

The island chain used to consist of 18 islands, but due to various environmental influences there are now only twelve of the Caribbean islands. Different day trips bring you by boat from the 35 kilometers away Pearl Lagoon on the Pearl Cays. You can get on Journey of discovery go and hop from one island to the other, Snorkeling walk or relax under the palm trees in one hammock relax. Lay several times a year Turtles here their eggs and you can watch the turtle babies hatch. With a little luck, you might even come across while snorkeling Dolphinsplaying among snappers, stone fish and nasal fish. Some of the islands in the chain of islands are so close together that you can simply cross over from one to the other swim can!

Big Corn Island

The best way to get to Big Corn Island is with one Propeller plane from Managua. The flight takes around an hour and costs between $ 80 and $ 100. Almost thirteen square kilometers large island is about 70 kilometers away from the mainland and offers mainly beautiful, secluded beaches andDiving spotsthat are also suitable for deep diving. Corn Island is the perfect place for you to just switch off and forget about the time. There are also numerous restaurants and bars near the beach, which mainly offer fish dishes with freshly caught fish from the sea.

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Little Corn Island

The only way to get to the popular island is with one ferry from neighboring Big Corn Island. Little Corn Island is, so to speak, the little sister of Corn Island. The island is just in short supply four square kilometersgreat, within a few hours you have circled the entire island. There are no cars on Little Corn Island, people get around by boat, bike or on foot. You can climb around on palm trees and coconuts Pick, collect mussels and swim in the turquoise blue sea. Fishing tours, diving and snorkeling trips are offered on the island and take you directly to the offshore ones motley coral reefs. In the sea you will meet harmless ones Stingrays and nurse sharksas well as the now rare ones Hammerheads. You can also do it on the water Go kayaking or you once in the Stand up paddling try. You can find it on every corner juicy mangoes. Fresh fish, shellfish and lobster are on every menu. The export of marine animals is the main source of income for the locals alongside tourism. Right on the beach you have the opportunity toMeditation and yoga classes take part or watch the evening sun sink into the sea in a hammock.

There is an ATM on the two islands, but unfortunately they are mostly out of order. So you definitely should Cash have with you, because the small shops and restaurants on the island do not accept card payments. You can find more tips for a trip through Nicaragua in my article on the best time to travel.