The Cayos Miskitos marine biological reserve and the immediate coastal strip are located in the Autonomous Region of the North Caribbean Coast; between the municipalities of Waspán, Puerto Cabezas and Prinzapolka; approximately 40 kilometers east of the community of Awas. It was declared a protected area through Decree 42-91, published in La Gaceta on November 4, 1991.

It has an area of ​​856,729 hectares, comprising one of the largest extensions of seagrass in the Caribbean, interspersed with coral reefs; as well as the presence of estuaries or coastal lagoons with approximately 5 meters of depth, which are connected to the mainland by a multitude of channels, freshwater lagoons and brackish swamps, and extend for hundreds of kilometers in length, from Cabo Gracias a Dios to Prinzapolka; there are also islands covered with vegetation with invaluable genetic wealth.

Within the reserve there is also a diversity of coastal environments little intervened by man, thus making it one of the richest coastal marine areas in America. The high diversity of habitats has allowed the establishment of populations in feeding, reproduction and breeding areas and in spawning areas, and recruitment, shaping ecosystems for the survival of green turtles, shrimp, lobsters, manatees, aquatic birds, dolphins, fish, etc. corals etc.

The Miskitos Cays are an ideal destination for adventurers eager to share and get to know a people with a culture and reality different from the rest of the country. Because around the keys there are fishing communities that live there, for periods of 6 months, in houses built on the Caribbean Sea, this being the main attraction of the reserve; since the tourist has to negotiate to sleep at the house of one of them (in a hammock) and live together full time.


  • Boat tours, to the largest key of all, the Cayo Miskito.
  • Walks by the keys that have a base covered with sand.
  • Bird watching.
  • Landscaping, an extensive interior lagoon surrounded by the mangrove forest provides spectacular landscapes.
  • Swimming
  • snorkeling in shallow water.
  • Sport fishing

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Fly from Managua to the small airport of Puerto Cabezas (approximate cost US $ 150) or take a bus from Managua to Puerto Cabezas (approximate cost of C $ 500) and hire a good motor panga (round trip) bound for the keys ( approximate cost per panga US $ 900). Another option is to hire a tour.