Nicaraguan tourism is growing at a rate of 20 percent annually.Â Why?Â Because Nicaragua is an incredibly beautiful country with a wide variety of things to do and see, where tourists can really get the most for their money.
Beaches in Nicaragua are one of Central AmericaÂs best kept secrets.Â Â Apart from the Corn Islands, most of the best beaches in Nicaragua are along the narrow stretch of golden sand that borders NicaraguaÂs South Pacific coast.Â HereÂs a look at some of the best beaches in Nicaragua.
The Corn Islands
The Corn Islands were one of Christopher ColumbusÂs last stops on the Great NavigatorÂs fourth and final voyage to the New World.Â Â The islands are located approximately 50 miles off NicaraguaÂs eastern shoreline, a short trip by air.
The aquamarine Caribbean shimmers off the coast alongside seemingly endless stretches of white sand, shaded by coconut palms.Â There are small diving shops that will rent you equipment so you can explore the dazzling underwater world of the coral reefs, so numerous and enchanting just off shore.Â Â Most of the islandsÂ beaches are associated with the charming resort hotels that have just begun to spring up throughout the islands.
Picnic Center Beach, a sloping crescent of golden sand, is the most popular beach for swimming in the Corn Islands.
El Coco Beach
Located just a few miles away from the coastal town of San Juan del Sur, Coco Beach on the west Pacific coast is a broad stretch of golden sand, studded with interesting rock formations.Â ItÂs a great place for lounging in the sun but it can also accommodate more active forms of recreation.Â ItÂs easy to book horseback and bicycle expeditions.Â The Marine Park there also sponsors dinghy rides to the nearby Isla BolaÃ±os.Â El Coco is one of the many beaches in Nicaragua where you and your family will have the opportunity to see giant sea turtles.
Marsella Beach is another spectacular span of sand within driving distance of San Juan del Sur.Â Be warned that the road to Marsella Beach from San Juan del Sur is mostly unpaved so tread with caution. Marsella isnÂt a very well known beach, so you are likely to have it all to yourself.Â The golden sand beach stretches out from formations of black volcanic rock.Â The immediate area features several small restaurants if you find yourself hungry.
Colorado Beach is NicaraguaÂs premier surfing beach, and it probably has the highest profile among all the beaches in Nicaragua.Â Â ItÂs famous for its barrel waves and has been the host of several World Masters Surfing Championships over the years.Â Inexperienced surfers would be best advised to avoid the waves in favor of sport fishing or other activities.
Close to the Nicaraguan capital, Montelimar is likely to be the most crowded beach you encounter on your travels through the Central American country.Â Montelimar sports three kilometers of fine white sand surrounded by lush vegetation.Â It is a popular surfing spot although you will have to bring your own equipment.
Although Pochomil is fully 60 kilometers away from Managua, itÂs actually more popular than Montelimar with the residents of that city.Â Nicaraguans come to the beach to swim, sunbathe and go for horseback rides along the ocean at sunset. Pochomil and its neighboring beach, La Boquita, are the hubs of NicaraguaÂs nascent tourist development efforts.Â Many hotels, restaurants and clubs are beginning to spring up on the outskirts of the beaches.
To learn more about the lovely beaches in Nicaragua, particularly those near the Gran Pacifica Beach & Golf Resort, click here: http://www.granpacifica.com/beaches.html