Nicaragua's Fabulous Beaches

Posted by Gran Pacifica on Aug 21, 2012 5:42:28 PM

Nicaraguan tourism is growing at a rate of 20 percent annually. Why? 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 America’s best kept secrets.  Apart from the Corn Islands, most of the best beaches in Nicaragua are along the narrow stretch of golden sand that borders Nicaragua’s South Pacific coast. Here’s a look at some of the best beaches in Nicaragua.

The Corn Islands

The Corn Islands were one of Christopher Columbus’s last stops on the Great Navigator’s fourth and final voyage to the New World.  The islands are located approximately 50 miles off Nicaragua’s 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. 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.  Most of the islands’ 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. It’s a great place for lounging in the sun but it can also accommodate more active forms of recreation. It’s easy to book horseback and bicycle expeditions. The Marine Park there also sponsors dinghy rides to the nearby Isla Bolaños. 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

Marsella Beach is another spectacular span of sand within driving distance of San Juan del Sur. Be warned that the road to Marsella Beach from San Juan del Sur is mostly unpaved so tread with caution. Marsella isn’t a very well known beach, so you are likely to have it all to yourself. The golden sand beach stretches out from formations of black volcanic rock. The immediate area features several small restaurants if you find yourself hungry.

Colorado Beach

Colorado Beach is Nicaragua’s premier surfing beach, and it probably has the highest profile among all the beaches in Nicaragua.  It’s famous for its barrel waves and has been the host of several World Masters Surfing Championships over the years. Inexperienced surfers would be best advised to avoid the waves in favor of sport fishing or other activities.

Montelimar Beach

Close to the Nicaraguan capital, Montelimar is likely to be the most crowded beach you encounter on your travels through the Central American country. Montelimar sports three kilometers of fine white sand surrounded by lush vegetation. It is a popular surfing spot although you will have to bring your own equipment.

Pochomil Beach

Although Pochomil is fully 60 kilometers away from Managua, it’s actually more popular than Montelimar with the residents of that city. 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 Nicaragua’s nascent tourist development efforts. Many hotels, restaurants and clubs are beginning to spring up on the outskirts of the beaches.

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Gran Pacifica

Written by Gran Pacifica

Gran Pacifica is a master planned community of over 2500 acres and 3.5 miles of Pacific coast line an hour west of Managua in Nicaragua. The company focuses on providing their international and domestic clientele with communities that feature first-rate amenities and infrastructure including underground utilities, paved streets and sidewalks. Gran Pacifica's primary demographic is North American Retirees and vacation homes in Nicaragua owners who enjoy living in a robust beach and golf community.

Topics: Natural Attractions in Nicaragua