Nicaragua - A Water Lover’s Paradise

Posted by Jamie Cain on Jun 7, 2019 11:14:39 AM

Thinking about booking that long-awaited vacation to Nicaragua? If you're considering traveling to the beautiful “Country of Lakes and Volcanoes,” you are certainly not alone. Nestled between both the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean, Nicaragua has a well-deserved reputation for having exceptional water activities for all ages. Whether you’d like to experience an intense rush of adrenaline or just soak up the sun and exquisite scenery, now’s the time to dive right into these top water activities in Nicaragua.

Nicaragua - A Water Lover’s ParadisePhoto Courtesy of Little Corn Beach and Bungalow

Surfs Up!

Nicaragua is a surfers dream, and it is easy to understand why when you visit one of the nation's many incredible surfing beaches. Whether you’re an amateur hoping to stand up on your first wave, or a surf pro visiting the country for a championship competition, you’ll love the many coastlines boasting the perfect combination of wind, tides, and breaks off the shore. While there are countless places to surf in Nicaragua, one of the top spots is the private San Diego Beach at the Gran Pacifica Beach and Golf Resort, which offers more than three miles of picturesque coastline for surfers and onlookers alike. Check out our Guide for Surfing in Nicaragua here.

Snorkeling and Scuba Diving

Ready to explore the underwater world of Nicaragua? Then snorkeling or scuba diving is probably the perfect water activity for you. Snorkeling gear and scuba diving equipment is readily available at many coastal hotels. You can also find scuba lessons at most major beaches or resorts.

Although you can find a number of snorkeling and scuba diving destinations packed with coral, bright fish and clear water, one of the most beautiful places in the country to snorkel and scuba is found in the crystal clear turquoise water off of the Corn Islands.

Go Fishing

Fishing is one of the top water activities in Nicaragua and promises an infinite amount of fun. Plus, you don't even need to get wet! You can fish right from the coast at specific fishing beaches or go fishing off a pier. Want to make a day of it? It’s very affordable to charter a boat for a day of fishing on the water, plus you might hit the jackpot and go home with freshly caught mackerel, roosterfish, or jackfish.

Apoyo_Lagoon-Photo_Courtesy_of_Trip101Paddle Board and Kayak at the Scenic Apoyo Lagoon - Photo Courtesy of Trip101

Stand-Up Paddle Boarding

Paddle boarding is one of the fastest growing sports on the planet. Just a few years ago, many folks had not even heard of this sport, but today, it’s incredibly popular and a great way to exercise your arms and core. You can rent a paddle board and an accompanying oar at a number of spots in Nicaragua, and there are countless places to enter the water right from the beach.

Do Some Kayaking

To get away from the beach and discover a pristine, secluded piece of the ocean, kayaking is the ultimate water activity. Not only can you rent individual or couple's kayaks to tour the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, you can also kayak right in one of the major lakes of Nicaragua, Lake Nicaragua, and in some of its beautiful and pristine volcanic lagoons, such as the Apoyo Lagoon, located just an hour away from Managua and less than 30 minutes from Granada and Masaya.

Anyone for Swimming?

Swimming is an exhilarating and wonderful exercise. Plus it’s a great way to de-stress and enjoy the superb atmosphere of Nicaragua.

At private beaches and resorts such as Gran Pacifica Resort, you can take a dip in the water, just a bit further down at the nearest swimming beach and collect beautiful seashells from the primitive shoreline.

So whether you are planning your next vacation for a week, month, or longer, there is clearly no shortage of fun water activities to take the plunge in while you're in Nicaragua.


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Jamie Cain

Written by Jamie Cain

Jamie Cain is a native Texan. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance, and after graduating college, she began a career in modeling. “This was an incredible experience, as I had the opportunity to work and live in many amazing countries and experience all the different cultures.” After, she started a career in real estate in Dallas. Fast forward to 2017, she had the wonderful opportunity to join ECI Development as a Property Advisor for Nicaragua and Belize. Presently, Jamie lives on the East Coast with her husband and two white cats. She enjoys yoga, blogging, photography, and cooking.

Topics: Vacationing in Nicaragua, Nicaraguan Tourism, Fishing in Nicaragua, Living In Nicaragua