Nicaragua offers two coastlines, the Pacific, which is ideal if you’re hunting for waves, and the Caribbean for more relaxed vibes with sandy beaches and the option to go snorkelling or diving. There is no shortage of variety, whether you’re looking for a tropical paradise or a secluded place surrounded by a wildlife refuge. The Pacific coast stretches over 305 km and the Caribbean coast over 450 km. These are a few of the many beaches found in Nicaragua:
Corn Islands - Little Corn: The beaches on Little Corn Island are located around 70 km off the Caribbean coast and offer laid-back vibes, fine white sand and fresh seafood. Perfect for a relaxing holiday away from the daily grind.
Miskito Cays: Once a hot spot for pirates, this remote beach is still undomesticated and only accessible by boat. It has little infrastructure, no accommodation, electricity or potable water. A secluded paradise, perfect for snorkelling, diving, hiking or bird watching.
Around Managua: The closest and most popular beaches around the capital are Montelimar, Pochomil Beach or La Boquita Beach, each offering amenities like restaurants or bars.
Around San Juan del Sur: This is the place to go if you’re looking for a chill surf vibe. There’s a beach right in town but the most popular ones for surfing are Playa Maderas (10 kms north of town), Playa Remanso (8 km south of town) or Playa Hermosa (12 km south of town). They all offer amenities like little beach bars and surf rental shacks.
La Flor: Located 20 km south of San Juan del Sur, a wildlife refuge for monkeys, iguanas, possums and different types of sea turtles that lay their eggs here between July and January. This is one of very few places on earth to observe this incredible annual ritual.
Jiquilillo: Bordering Honduras to the north, this volcanic black sandy beach is lined with palm trees and offers nothing else but deep blue ocean scattered with a few fishing boats.