Top 7 Best Beaches In Nicaragua

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Nicaragua's beaches provide something for everyone, from volcanic black sands to remote locations where you may go for miles without seeing another person. The ... read more...

  1. Playa Maderas is one of Nicaragua's most popular beaches. It is noted for being an all-year-round surf area and is located on a rocky dirt road 20 minutes north of San Juan del Sur. Playa Maderas is a three-hour drive from Managua, or you can take the daily beach shuttle from outside Casa Oro in San Juan del Sur to the beach. The beach is known for its unique shark-fin-shaped rock formations and a secluded jungle cove, which make for a stunning sunset view. Away from the extreme party scene, the peaceful atmosphere is ideal for unwinding.

    Because the waves break in layers, Playa Maderas is suitable for all kinds of surfers. Beginners can enjoy the gentler sets closer to shore, while experienced surfers can enjoy the more demanding outer parts. There are a few hotels and restaurants that appeal to customers seeking a laid-back atmosphere. Check out Arte-Sano for an unparalleled view of the bay and spectacular sunsets. Selina Maderas attracts digital nomads with its free WiFi and daily yoga courses. The spectacular beach breaks in Maderas will appeal to aspiring surfers. You will easily find a local teacher, a surfboard rental, and cold beers.


    Location: San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

    Playa Maderas. Photo: stylecaster.com
    Playa Maderas. Photo: stylecaster.com
    Playa Maderas. Photo: stylecaster.com
    Playa Maderas. Photo: stylecaster.com

  2. Playa Majagual is not too far away if you are looking for a little pristine, hidden, off-the-beaten-path bliss. Majagual is one of the best-kept secrets in the area, located only 18 minutes from San Juan del Sur. Majagual is a world-class beach with a 656-foot (200-meter) bay, beautiful quiet surf, and crystal-clear sand. On the beach, there are usually no more than 10 people at any given moment. It is a complete detachment from the outside world and total immersion in nature.

    Mathilda is a combined package with Majagual, with only one small ranchito to eat at that serves basic yet adequate meals. The two beaches are separated by a rock formation, and the entrances to both sites are only a block apart. Mathilda has clear sand as well, but it is noted for its fierce surf, unlike Majagual. Right in front of Mathilda sits Matilda, a low-key hostel. At night, expect to be swarmed by crabs, and if you're lucky, a turtle may appear. Balcones de Majagual is a more upscale hotel that is near both beaches. When visiting these beaches, make sure to bring enough supplies because there is not a convenience store nearby.


    Location: San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

    Playa Majagual. Photo: afar.com
    Playa Majagual. Photo: afar.com
    Playa Majagual. Photo: ranchomajagual.com
    Playa Majagual. Photo: ranchomajagual.com
  3. Playa el Coco, located just south of San Juan del Sur and surrounded by dense vegetation, boasts some of Nicaragua's most kid-friendly surf and environment. There is also wildlife to consider. Your morning alarm will be howler monkeys, and urracas may take your meal.

    Playa el Coco lies about a mile (2 kilometers) from Playa La Flor, one of the country's most important turtle sanctuaries. It is rather usual to go there late at night in the hopes of spotting turtles breeding. The date is determined by lunar phases; the crescent moon is when the turtles like to emerge. La Flor is one of only seven beaches worldwide where you may witness a large turtle nesting. Three thousand or more turtles show up there at the same time. Turtle aficionados forego luck and camp at La Flor for weeks in order to witness the once-in-a-lifetime event. When watching turtles, keep in mind that the area is protected, so you must follow all of the rangers' instructions. No flash photography is permitted, and flashlights must be used with the red paper given.


    Location: San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

    Playa el Coco. Photo: en.tripadvisor.com.hk  
    Playa el Coco. Photo: en.tripadvisor.com.hk  
    Playa el Coco. Photo: en.tripadvisor.com.hk  
    Playa el Coco. Photo: en.tripadvisor.com.hk  
  4. From every aspect, this southwest beach - Playa Amarillo - is stunning. Thanks to the efforts of local residents who struggle to keep the beach open and free of developers, it is absolutely devoid of any infrastructure. Playa Amarillo now provides free public access to anyone – and the locals want to preserve it that way. Therefore, the beach is nestled away, with little development and a forlorn atmosphere. The accessibility to numerous neighboring quality breaks–camps and schools offer daily boat rides and tours–is an advantage to this location. There are a few stores that sell basic items and a few restaurants that serve both local and international food. It is best to bring in supplies. Lessons and rentals are available at surf camps, schools, and stores.

    The yellowish sand is quite lovely, and the shoreline boasts some of Nicaragua's best sunsets. Playa Gigante, the principal fishing community with a large bay, is only a 15-minute walk north.


    Location: Rivas, Nicaragua

    Playa Amarillo. Photo: yogascapes.com
    Playa Amarillo. Photo: yogascapes.com
    Playa Amarillo. Photo: beachsearcher.com
    Playa Amarillo. Photo: beachsearcher.com
  5. The next name on the list of the best beaches in Nicaragua is La Boquita. La Boquita is one of the most authentic beaches with a well-known local feel, and it is only an hour and a half from Managua's capital city. It serves the greatest local cuisine, from red snapper to langosta a la termidor (lobster) to live clams, all of which are fresh and tasty. A true foodie's dream comes true when visiting this place. Besides, you can arrange a fishing expedition with a local fisherman.

    There are rocky places where you can sunbathe and open spots where you can swim at this beach. Because of its well-known tourist center, it is one of Carazo's most popular. Horseback riding, surfing, and boating through the mangroves are just a few of the activities available. Although La Boquita has its own tourist area with various restaurants, hotels, and pubs, the options are limited in general. The Nicaraguan Institute of Tourism is in charge of the development and management of the complex.


    Location: Diriamba, Carazo, Nicaragua

    La Boquita. Photo: destimap.com
    La Boquita. Photo: destimap.com
    La Boquita. Photo: br.pinterest.com
    La Boquita. Photo: br.pinterest.com
  6. The seaside location of Las Peñitas has become well-known due to its proximity to the city of León. Las Peñitas, a fishing community on the country's northwestern coast, is situated on a three-mile stretch of coastline. It has a laid-back vibe and a burgeoning tourism scene. However, as the area's renown increases, it remains charming and full of things to do, including easy access to the Reserva Natural Isla Juan Venado for some turtle watching.


    Locals love Las Peñitas, but it is also a wonderful place for newbies searching for surf instruction. Visitors can explore the local mangroves and visit the turtle hatchery on Isla Juan Venado, depending on the time of year. Many visitors to Las Peñitas also go to Cerro Negro, a nearby volcano, to try their hand at volcano boarding. The bungalows at Barca de Ora are one of the greatest locations to stay in Las Peitas. They provide inexpensive yoga courses, massages, and horseback riding, making this one of Nicaragua's top beach towns.


    Location: León, Nicaragua

    Las Peñitas. Photo: flyingfourchette.com
    Las Peñitas. Photo: flyingfourchette.com
    Las Peñitas. Photo: commons.wikimedia.org
    Las Peñitas. Photo: commons.wikimedia.org
  7. Playa Popoyo is the next beach on the list of the best beaches in Nicaragua that Toplist would like to introduce to you. Competition-level waves are a significant appeal for everyone who dreams of catching 'the big one'. Playa Popoyo is the surfer's headquarters. A slew of surf camps dots the landscape, giving the place an international feel. This is not a beach for the faint of heart.

    Professional surfers from all over the world are flocking to the off-the-beaten-path town of Popoyo. Popoyo is the most well-known, but there are others in the region that are equally well-known, including Lance's Left, Playgrounds, and Playa Santa. In addition to the waves, there are natural hot springs, tidal pools, and a wildlife reserve to keep you occupied for a few days. Popoyo is located along Nicaragua's Emerald Coast and can be reached by bus from the town of Rivas. It is an excellent place to stop on your way to some of the country's best beaches.


    Location: Popoyo, Nicaragua

    Playa Popoyo. Photo: pinterest.de
    Playa Popoyo. Photo: pinterest.de
    Playa Popoyo. Photo: visitanicaragua.com
    Playa Popoyo. Photo: visitanicaragua.com



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