It is amazing how uninhabited and how
quiet the Pacific beaches are in Nicaragua, all the way from the southern boarder with Costa Rica to the northern boarder with Honduras.
The prettiest beaches in Nicaragua are north of Leon, in an area called Las Penitas. These beaches are about 20 minutes from Leon, all the way to a development called Gran Pacifica. Gran Pacifica sits on about 7 miles of white sand beach that’s absolutely gorgeous.
The bay of San Juan del Sur in the south of Nicaragua on the Pacific coast has gray sand and is much more highly populated. However, if you go 15 minutes either north or south of San Juan del Sur you will hit dozens of beaches in both directions and they’re all small, averaging three to four mile, clam shell shaped beaches that are literally uninhabited. They’ll be a bar, a
restaurant, six tiki huts serving cold beer and fresh fish, and you’ll see five or six people on the beach. It’s amazing.
When I say that these beaches on the Pacific Coast of Nicaragua are clamshell shaped, I mean to say that we don’t for example, have 15 miles of uninterrupted beach like you may see in New Jersey. Instead, in Nicaragua, you have all these smaller beaches, and every one has a name.
You can’t get from one beach to the next by walking up and down the beach. To go to another beach, you have to go inland, go a few miles north or south, and then turn back to the ocean. You wind up taking this dirt, sandy road and then end up at this gorgeous, clamshell shaped beach. There’s a rock on the left, a rock on the right, it could be anywhere from one mile to five miles wide, and nothing is there but a couple of small restaurants or hotels, although using the word “hotel” for some of these places is a bit of a stretch. They may charge $10 or $20 per night. The beer is cold, the fish is fresh, and the beach is basically uninhabited. If you’d like, you can go inland again, make another turn, then turn back to the ocean and you’ll find another and different beautiful and uninhabited white sand beach. You’ll have a prominent point that separates each clamshell up and down the entire western seaboard of Nicaragua; absolutely gorgeous.