Starting at picturesque little San Juan del Sur and stretching north towards El Salvador, Nicaragua’s Pacific Coast offers plenty to do and see for the entire family.
From lazy days on the beach to viewing unique jungle wildlife, the secret of Nicaragua is out. This is an awesome place to visit, especially for families.
Today, Nicaragua is safe, friendly and affordable. You’ll find access to high-quality health care with several highly specialized hospitals, especially in the greater Managua area. And driving around the country is easy.
This is a destination best explored when you can take your time. In addition to charming Granada, wild Ometepe Island and the relaxed Caribbean coast, Nicaragua’s Pacific Coast could certainly be a trip all on it’s own. Here are 3 reasons why you should consider visiting Pacific Coast Nicaragua on your next family vacation.
A Beach for Everyone on Nicaragua’s Pacific Coast
Some are white and sandy and others are rocky. Some are calm and ideal for swimming and others are ideal for big wave surfers. Some are popular and others remain untouched.
But there is a beach for everyone in Nicaragua, and exploring the Pacific coastline to find YOUR perfect beach is a perfect way to spend a few days while traveling through the country.
Talk to locals, ask your hotel or book a tour guide for directions to the real gems. The main beaches along Nicaragua’s Pacific Coast are Montelimar,San Juan del Sur, La Flor, La Boquita and Pochomil.
Renting a car in Nicaragua is relatively easy, and if you’re going to spend a few days beach hunting with the family it’s a good idea.
Nicaragua’s Pacific Coast is an Ideal Place to Learn How to Surf
Speaking of beaches… did you know Nicaragua is the epicenter of surfing in central and South America?
Thanks to 300+ days of all day offshore winds funneling in from Lake Nicaragua, Nicaragua has some of the best surfing waves in the world. The combination of tropical conditions, near constant offshore winds and deep-water swells creates great, year round surf. The peak surfing season, however, is May through November.
El Velero Nicaragua, located in the town of Leon, is one of the best surfing beaches, with crystal clear waters and a perfect white sandy beach, both relatively unique for the Pacific coast of Nicaragua.
Then San Juan Del Sur is perhaps the capital of surfing in Nicaragua. Located about 130 km South East of Managua city this is without a doubt the most visited beach in Central America. A mecca for surfers, San Juan Del Sur is also a great spot for jet skiing, fishing, diving and snorkeling.
If you’re new to surfing, grab the kids and head to Rancho Satana’s new surf center. Playa Santana features everything from punchy little waves huge barrel waves and is an ideal location for beginners. If you’re staying at Rancho Santana, take advantage of board rental and organize a lesson on site.
Learn about Jungle Wildlife on Nicaragua’s Pacific Coast
The La Flor Wildlife Refuge, located at the Southern end of Nicaragua’s Pacific coast near San Juan Del Sur, features pure white sand bordered by tropical forests on one side and the Pacific Ocean on the other.
This reserve is small, only 800 hectares, but it is where 30,000 Olive Ridley turtles or Paslama come each year to mate and make their nesting areas.
Estero Padre Ramos Nature Preserve is also worth a visit. This reserve consists of a large mangrove estuary surrounded by several small beach communities, the largest of which is the town of Padre Ramos. Here you can find numerous species of migratory and resident birds, fishes, crustaceans, sea turtles and other wildlife.
Have you traveled around Nicaragua with kids? I’d love to hear your tips and advice as we prepare for our summer family adventure!
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