Juan Venado Island is located on the Pacific coast between the communities of Las Peñitas and Salinas Grandes in the municipality of León. It has an area of ​​13,217.5 hectares. It was declared by Decree 13-20, published in the official newspaper La Gaceta No. 213 on September 8, 1983.

The outstanding vegetation is its impressive mangrove sanctuary. These trees have a salt filtration system and can only be found in places that have tropical or subtropical climates. They provide a perfect hiding place for crocodiles, alligators and iguanas; likewise, the reserve is home to 106 species of birds, crustaceans and several species of sea turtles.


  • Boat ride
  • Kayaking in Estero El Corcovado
  • Bathing in Las Peñitas beach
  • Observation of flora and fauna in Cerro La Flor

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Access to the reserve is possible from Las Peñitas or Salinas Grandes, by waterway through the Estero. The time and distance vary, from Managua to Salinas Grandes you travel 88 kilometers, on the other hand, to Las Peñitas the trip is 115 kilometers.