Known for the natural beauty of its verdant rainforests, stunning waterfalls and crystalline azure waters, colorful, captivating, up-and-coming tourist destination Nicaragua boasts shorelines fringing both the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea.
Notable for their unspoiled loveliness and lack of tourist crowds, NicaraguaÂs bountiful beaches range from tiny, jungle fringed hideaways to long expanses of volcanic sand overlooking some of the worldÂs most amazing surf breaks. Head to popular public beaches, or rent a four-wheeler or boat to explore some of the more secluded spots.
San Juan del Sur
NicaraguaÂs most popular beach, San Juan del Sur is a wide crescent of dreamy, dark sand is nestled inside a graceful U-shaped bay and fringed with an eclectic array of seaside restaurants, casual bars, hostels and boutique hotels, making it a big hit with novice surfers, locals, tourists and resident expats. Swim, sunbathe and surf at the beach, or hire a boat to explore more secluded neighboring beaches.
A favorite with eco-tourists, though not a great place to swim, La Flor Nature Reserve is the legendary nesting site of thousands of Olive Ridley sea turtles. If youÂre lucky enough to be on the beaches about 50 days after the mothersÂ arrival, youÂll be treated to the unforgettable sight of newly hatched baby turtles racing to the sea.
Playa Maderas and Playa Majagual
Just a 15-minute drive from San Juan del Sur, Playa Maderas draws throngs of surfers with its sandy beach break and consistent waves. Exotic dark volcanic sands, excellent snorkeling and stunning views make this a much-loved spot for surfing and sunset-watching. Just stroll down the shore from Playa Maderas, and youÂll find the pristine white sands and stunning sunsets of Majagual, a private bay with magnificent views and amazing swells.
The tranquil tree-lined hills of the Tola region are becoming more popular with tourists, drawn by fine surfing and picturesque beaches secluded by jungle-fringed coves. Situated some 35 kilometers west of Rivas, the beaches are accessible by partially paved roads, calling for high-clearance vehicles.
Playa San Diego
With fantastic surfing often compared to Bali, Playa San Diego is suited to wave-riders of all ages and abilities. Lessons on the beach are offered as well as some challenging high-tide surfing. A curving stretch of white sand creates an idyllic paradise perfect for sunning, swimming, walking, or admiring stunning rainforest and mountain views.
Although Nicaragua boasts many incredible surf spots, private Colorado Beach is famous around the globe for its amazing swells. Accessible by boat, the legendary beachÂs waves and barrels have made it the host beach for the World Masters Surfing Championship.
Whether youÂre taking a family holiday with the kids, looking for a secluded stretch of sand for a romantic getaway or heading out for some world-class surfing, youÂll find the perfect tropical escape on the wonderfully varied beaches in Nicaragua.