Nicaragua, is the largest country in Central America, has two coastlines: Pacific, from the coast of the Gulf of Fonseca in the department of Chinandega, to El Naranjo, in Rivas, with a length of 361 kilometers; and the Caribbean, from Cabo Gracias a Dios, in the Autonomous Region of the North Caribbean Coast, RACCN, to the mouth of the San Juan River, totaling 578 kilometers.

Among its options and incredible natural settings are bays, inlets, islands, estuaries, wildlife reserves, cliffs, rocky beaches, others flat, with calm waves, others more agitated, perfect for surfing; Various international publications have recommended five of our beaches for this popular sport.

The sand of most of the Pacific beaches is dark in color, a product of the activity of the volcanic chain that crosses the entire country, parallel to the coast.
On the west coast there is a wide tourist offer, around 4,000 companies offer their services, including hotels, bars, restaurants, resorts and much more to complement recreation with leisure.

The Caribbean is one of the best kept secrets, virgin land, ancestral treasure, which from north to south is full of diverse beaches yet to be explored, with riches everywhere and unique ethnic groups and culture.

The east coast is renowned for its white sand and crystal clear turquoise watersDue to its serenity, it favors activities to enjoy the nature and living flora and fauna of this portion of Nicaragua.

Surfing, snorkeling, diving, fishing, kitesurfing or kayaking can be practiced in some of the sun and beach destinations in the country.
Jiquilillo, Miramar, Huehuete, the beaches of San Rafael del Sur, Tola, San Juan del Sur, Cayos Perlas, Corn Island and Haulover are the favorites of tourists.
Venture to enjoy the beaches of Nicaragua.

The most outstanding beaches are:

La Boquita Beach


the little mouth

It is a recognized tourist center of the country, located about 45 minutes from Diriamba, it has options in restaurants, bars and hotels. The beach has rocky areas on which you can sunbathe and also clear areas ideal for swimming; It is one of the most visited in the area. Among the activities that can be developed are: horseback riding, boating and surfing.

Huehuete Beach


Huehuete Beach

This beach is located in the municipality of Diriamba, with dark sand and has flat and rocky areas where small natural pools are formed and offers a space with privacy for sun and beach tourism. On this coast you can go horse riding and surfing.

Casares Beach


Casares Beach

It is located approximately one hour from Diriamba, and about 10 minutes by car from Huehuete. If you are going from the urban area of ​​Diriamba you should look for a bus at the Municipal Market that leaves for Casares, there are signs to get to the place and the road is in good condition.

It is a rocky beach inhabited mainly by fishermen, where you can find many private houses. On the coast you can see interesting tidal inlets on the rocks, giving rise to spectacular images, on this coast artisanal fishing, surfing and boat rides with fishermen are practiced.

Aposentillo Beach


Aposentillo Beach

It is a popular summer destination for Chinandega locals. It is for surfers, the neighboring bays make an attractive combination of different waves for all tastes and preferences. There are waves with vertical peaks, reef breaks, tubes and long lefts and rights. Here visitors can count on accommodation and restaurants.

Mechapa Beach

Following the El Viejo - Potosí highway up to 25 kilometers from the entrance to Jiquilillo, you will find the entrance to Mechapa; the northernmost community within the limits of the Estero Padre Ramos Nature Reserve.


It is one of the best beaches in the country, undoubtedly a treasure that has not been discovered, its extensive volcanic sand beaches encourage us to sunbathe or walk while sunset falls.

Jiquilillo Beach



It is located 40 kilometers from the city of Chinandega. It is one of the most popular spas during holiday seasons, mainly at Easter, when bathers flock from the capital.

Its famous waves improve as the day falls, making them suitable for surfing. The scenic beauty of its sunsets provides an opportunity for photography.

Jiquilillo is the most populated community in the surroundings of the Estero Padre Ramos Natural Reserve, whose inhabitants are mainly engaged in fishing. There are typical restaurant services and rustic accommodation for visitors.

Costa Azul beach


It is located on the southern side of the city of Corinto, its waters are warm and relatively calm, characterized by its wide coasts where there are small hostels that offer accommodation services.

There is an offer of restaurants specializing in seafood. The locals offer boat rides and activities such as artisanal fishing; You can also go horseback riding and for the more adventurous travel the coasts on quadricycles.

Estero Sawyers


Located northwest of El Viejo, about 45 minutes from the urban area. A paradise in terms of sun and beach destination. It has the only category marina in Nicaragua.

Its beach is different for its black sands and volcanic sediments. The wave is known as "the boom", it is popular by surfers for its high peaks and for being hollow.

With a short boat trip you can also reach an island that has two more breaks that guarantee optimal conditions for surfing. This coast has different offers such as restaurants, accommodation, board rental and surf lessons, as well as kayaking, boat rides and sport fishing.

Puerto Sandino

Puerto Sandino- Chinandega

Puerto Sandino

The port was founded in 1955 and is located 40 kilometers from the city of León. It is a solid and liquid cargo port that also has an attractive beach because it has an estuary that connects to the Tamarindo River, where you can take a kayak tour and observe the flora and fauna. Likewise, it has an island connected with large salt flats and this island is shared by Juan Venado, it is a protected area.

This beach is an act for surfing, its beautiful coasts for tourists are very striking because of the waves that occur in that area in addition to having the most comfortable hotel in the area and provides complementary services for tourists. canoe sport with paddles for senior tourists.



It is located 40 kilometers from the urban area of ​​Nagarote. Access is feasible by the new and old roads to León. This beach is connected to Puerto Sandino, El Velero, El Tránsito and countless coasts. They are characterized by the beauty of their coasts that offer tranquility, undoubtedly to enjoy with the family.

The transit


The transit

It is located approximately 8 kilometers from the La Gloria community, a community of fishermen who await you with open arms. This beach is identified by its flat and very clean coasts that are highly visited by national and foreign tourists,

El Tránsito beach has rocky areas of singular beauty, where you can see a lot of marine fauna such as fish, clams, snails, urchins, among others. Altogether, all the high seas areas that are close to the municipality are used for artisanal fishing and a good part for industrial fishing.

Put it on

Put it on

Put it on

It has an area of ​​2 kilometers long with volcanic sand. The current is sometimes quite strong. The beach has interesting and natural sites, among them a mouth where you can see certain mangrove redoubts and the produce of the fishermen when they return from their work; Nearby are the Peña del Tigre where it is said that tigers lived before the coast was populated and the Peña El Student, which are of singular beauty. 

On this beach there are establishments that provide food service to enjoy seafood. It is possible to spend the day or stay.

Salinas Grandes

It is a wide beach perfect for sunbathing. It is possible to practice water sports such as surfing and windsurfing, as well as bird watching; It should be emphasized that this can be done with greater advantage in specific points of its extension. In addition, it has a salt mine where you can observe the process of salt production.

Salinas Grandes beach is a place that you cannot miss, located in the rural area 13 kilometers southeast of the city on the Pacific Ocean.

The sailboat


The sailboat

This beach is located 70 kilometers from Managua, in the El Velero community, between Puerto Sandino and El Tránsito, it is one of the most famous beaches for vacationers from León and Managua for the joy of its activities organized every summer.

It is characterized by its fine sand, not very dark and with a wide coastline; also for its rock formations in which you can find a kind of pool that fills up when the tide rises.

It is possible to hike, observe the landscape, bathe in its fresh waters and taste a rich fish or seafood offered by the small restaurants. In the area there are signs that indicate safe areas for bathing, so we recommend you follow the recommendations to make the most of your visit.

Las Penitas


Its name derives from the existence of small rocks where fishermen collect fish, shells and crabs. It is located just 25 minutes from León, on the northern limit of Juan Venado Island.

This beach has become a very popular place among surfers and foreigners since its coast has several peaks and waves are formed left and right and constantly. Due to strong currents it is recommended for experienced surfers.

On this coast you can count on restaurant services, accommodation, transportation, surf lessons, rental and repair of boards.


Villa-el-carmen --- Salamina


It is located 20 kilometers from the head of the Villa El Carmen municipality and 50 kilometers from Managua. It is the most important beach at the national level for the protection of the tora turtle, a critically endangered species. These conservation efforts favor the protection of the Spanish tortoise and torita.

The extension is 9 kilometers of beaches where visitors can learn about this spectacular world of sea turtles, conducting night patrols, collecting field data, protecting nests, taking them to nurseries and, if you are very lucky, measuring adult turtles and releasing some turtles. protected in nursery.



Quizala Beach

Located in the central Pacific and just one hour from Managua in the municipality of San Rafael del Sur, taking the Old to León highway that goes to Montelimar Beach.

This residential beach is characterized by having a short sandy strip compared to other nearby beaches and on its coasts there are private properties that are rented to national and foreign tourists.

It has become a destination for surfers thanks to its waves that are feasible for extreme sports such as surfing, boogie boarding and swimming.

San Diego


San Diego Beach

It has become in recent years one of the most popular for surfers. Its rocky and coral surface makes a solid left wave, fast, consistent and easy to get piped; Although the best swell normally occurs from March to November, on this beach it is permanent. It rides well with medium and large swells and works best at high tide.

It is one hour from the capital and it is possible to get there through the Gran Pacifica tourist center or through the Los Cardones community, on this beach you can find restaurant services, accommodation, rental of boards, horses, golf courses and surf lessons .

It presents an impressive landscape richness with the possibility of bird watching at the junction of the mouth with the Pacific Ocean; Its clear blue waters allow snorkeling activities, observation of marine fauna at low tide or simply enjoying the beach.



It is located in the municipality of San Rafael del Sur, 65 kilometers from the capital and takes a little over an hour to reach. This beach is wide, flat and long, it is, together with Masachapa, one of the closest to Managua, so it is also one of the most visited during vacation seasons; the rest of the year. It is one of the most developed in the Pacific area of ​​Nicaragua. This means that the visitor will find restaurants, tourist infrastructure and various entertainment activities.


Located in San Rafael del Sur, just 60 minutes from the capital city. Due to its breadth and flatness, impressive sunsets can be seen on this beach. It has a river outlet pond at one end of the beach. It also has many rock formations, therefore you have to be very careful when the tide rises, since the water covers the rocks and they are no longer visible.

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It is a fishing village. On the beach you can see the boats full of fish and shellfish, where you can buy them at a low price. Horseback riding, beach sports are some of the activities you can do on this beach. It has hotels, bars and restaurants of different budgets and categories.


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In the municipality of Tola, this beach has the most famous and consistent waves in Nicaragua. It can be surfed at all tides and has become the top surfing destinations in recent years.

This “A” shaped wave creates large left and right walls with occasional barrels. Paddling further out to sea, or with a boat you can reach the reef outside Popoyo which is a real challenge.

It is undoubtedly one of the heaviest waves in Central America. Recommended only for professionals. Shallow reefs must be taken into account. The wind blows towards the sea 300 days a year guaranteed.

On this beach you will find restaurants, accommodation, boat and board rentals, as well as surf lessons.

The coconut


Coco Beach

It is located 20 minutes from San Juan del Sur, it is a huge beach with calm waves and fine sand, definitely a place to relax and enjoy the landscape and natural beauty. On this beach you can go horseback riding, beach games, bird watching and nature


Majagual Beach

Majagual Beach

It is located next to Maderas beach in a wide bay. You can relax watching a beautiful sunset, in this place it is possible to swim, fish, surf and camp; Likewise, there are areas equipped so that you can set up your tent or stay in a hotel if you want more comfort.



It is located about 25 minutes from San Juan del Sur, it can be accessed by tall vehicles such as trucks or jeep, on this beach you will find an impressive environment and landscape and a beautiful beach with multiple left and right peaks. Probably the beach with the most consistent waves in Nicaragua.

It is a perfect place for surf beginners and even fun and challenging for more experienced surfers. This coast has developed in recent years. It is possible to find restaurants, accommodation, transfer services, surf lessons and board rental.

San juan del sur

San Juan del Sur

It is a wonderful bay located in the department of Rivas just a few hours from the Capital, it is characterized by its horseshoe shape and its clear sand coast, this beach is one of the most visited by national and foreign tourists throughout the year. .

A fishing port now home to the world, it is a charm in the south of Nicaragua and has all kinds of hostels and comfortable hotels. Its beautiful bay and its hospitable and happy people make this town a special and magical place, its indescribably beautiful sunsets enclose us in a storm of sensations of tranquility while we feel the sea breeze in our body and the sound of the seagulls stimulate our senses. .

San Juan del Sur currently represents a symbol of tourist development, with a great gastronomic and hotel offer.


Colorado Beach

Also located in Tola, it has been characterized by surf camps where there are two types of waves.

The wave of the Colorado River that is formed at the mouth of an estuary, this throws perfect barrels on the right and left. It is without a doubt one of the best waves in Tola.

The second wave is Panga Drops, it is heavy wave, has the shape of a horseshoe and manages to maximize the size of any incoming swell. It is known for its fast starts, huge walls, and occasional barrels. Works best with medium boards and during low tide.

On this beach there are restaurants, accommodation and board rental services.

Corn island


Little corn island

This island is located on the South Caribbean Coast of Nicaragua, where it can be reached by boat from Bluefields or by plane from the Capital Managua. Associating this island with paradise is not an exaggeration: turquoise waters, warm sun and white sand. It is ideal for rest, however you can do all kinds of activities.

Corn Island and Little Corn Island are the quintessential place for snorkeling and diving. You will be able to appreciate here the magnificent underwater gardens dominated by corals, brain sponges and multicolored fish. It is a place full of culture and beautiful beaches where what you live exceeds any expectations. On Big Corn Island you will find the beaches from North End and Sally Peaches, ideal for snorkeling to the South End and Long Bay beaches for a relaxing swim in its cool and crystal clear waters.

40 minutes away by boat is Little Corn Island, authentic, with hotels and ecological lodgings in harmony with the natural environment ideal for relaxation, with beautiful beaches where you will definitely feel in harmony with your being and your soul. Here there is no other type of noise that is not that of nature in its maximum expression of the seagulls or the waves caressing the pure white sand of these beautiful beaches.

The Bluff


The Bluff

It is the quintessential vacation area for Bluffians, located in Bluefields. It is common that during the week it is little frequented, however, it is the best place to sunbathe and rest since it is an almost virgin, clean and safe beach.

It is located 10 or 15 minutes walking from the El Bluff dock, which can only be reached by boat or panga from Bluefields.

The beach has similar characteristics to the Pacific beaches because its sand is brown and has a stronger swell than most of the waters in the Caribbean. On the other hand, on the shore there is a construction of small wooden and straw huts, which function as a restaurant and bar.

La Bocana and La Bocanita

Puerto Cabezas, better known as Bilwi, has beautiful beaches, where you can take a day tour to various communities or sites. In the La Bocana and La Bocanita spas, you can get there on foot, by bicycle or by car. They offer sun and beach tourism, as well as sports and fishing tourism. There is a long wooden pier that juts out into the sea, offering the chance to enjoy a magnificent sunset and capture unique images.


La Bocana, Bilwi

In front of Bilwi, is the Marine Biological Reserve and Coastal Border, “Los Cayos Miskitos”, which consists of estuaries, coral reefs, islets, cays and seagrass beds. Activities such as diving, bird watching, fishing and exploring the islands by boat are not possible.

You will find accommodation, recreational centers, food and beverages, tour operators and brown beaches. They will be able to enjoy the cultural and religious traditions of the towns at different times of the year: King Pulanka, May Pole and Sihkru Tara, as well as the feast of Saint Peter, Patron of the faithful Catholics, the Harvest, harvest celebration of the Moravians, among other.