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Nicaragua and its Beaches

Widely referred to as the “land of lakes and volcanoes,” Nicaragua is known for its multitude of active and non-active volcanoes, lagoons and lakes including Lake Nicaragua, Central America’s largest freshwater lake. To many others, however, it is also known as a top destination for surfing devotees and beach lovers. The tropical climate, beautiful beaches, excellent year-round surf conditions, plus a variety of accommodation options and easy access from North America, create an ever-increasing appeal to beach enthusiasts of all types.

Here are some of Nicaragua’s most popular beaches:

San Juan del Sur

San Juan del Sur

Located about 90 minutes drive from Granada and set aside a crescent-shaped bay, San Juan del Sur is a charming beach town off the Pacific Ocean in southwest Nicaragua.

It is a popular destination among surfers, travelers and retirees in search of a relaxing beach-filled experience. The long waterfront is lined with delicious seafood restaurants, markets and decks overlooking the bay.

Just north and south of town are pristine beaches that attract surfers from around the world. Volcano and hiking-excursions are only a small drive away.

Corn Islands

The Corn Islands – Big Corn and Little Corn lie off Nicaragua’s eastern coast in the Caribbean Sea. Once a haven for British buccaneers and escaped slaves, the Corn Islands remain remote and untouched – just part of the reason why adventurous tourists adore these islands so much.

The islands’ sugary white-sand beaches and clear turquoise waters beckon those who are comfortable in modest lodgings, diving for lobster to eat for dinner and joining impromptu reggae concerts with the locals.

Vacationers in Nicaragua can reach the Corn Islands by a daily puddle-jumper flight from Managua

Colorado Beach

Located on Nicaragua’s southwest Pacific Coast, Colorado Beach offers one of the best surf breaks in Nicaragua.

Visitors can stay at one of the nearby surf resorts or at Hacienda Iguana (a private beach and golf resort), or access it by boat. In 2012, the International Surfing Association held its Masters Championships here.

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