"Las Peñitas" Las Peñitas by mircaskirca

Las Peñitas Travel Guide: 13 reviews and 156 photos

Roughly 20 km west of León on the Pacific coast are the beaches of Poneloya and Las Peñitas. While Poneloya has long been popular with wealthy Nicaraguans who have luxury beachfront villas here, the nearby Las Peñitas is a wide sandy beach stretching for about 4 km, fronted by small hotels, bars and restaurants, and with a small fishing village behind. Here people are living their traditional life as fishermen and the environment is quiet and nice. There are not many tourists yet who have found this quiet and nice place to spend their holidays. You have long empty beach to walk and swim, go horseback riding along the beach, and if you like, the local fishermen will take you out fishing for a reasonable price. There’s also excellent surfing, with smallish regular waves that are perfect for beginners. Several places along the beach rent surfboards and offer lessons.

Close to the estuary in Las Peñitas is Reserva Natural Isla Juan Venado, a mangrove that provides habitat for hundreds of species of migratory birds, as well as crocodiles and other wetland creatures, and is also an important nesting beach for sea turtles. You can arrange a trip to Isla Juan Venado with most hotels or with one of the many boatmen in Las Peñitas.

During weekends and holidays, locals from the surrounding cities come to have picnic on the beach, play volleyball and swim in the ocean or inside the shallow bay next to the Nature Reserve. I spent Christmas day here, and boy, it got so crowded! It seemed like everybody headed for the beach that day to escape from the heat of the city. Then I returned another day during the week and could not believe it was the same place. It was quiet and peaceful, and I really enjoyed the atmosphere.

  • Last visit to Las Peñitas: Dec 2010
  • Intro Updated Sep 3, 2011
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  • atufft's Profile Photo
    Sep 9, 2012 at 10:43 PM

    Another local recommended this place, but you have conveniently filled in the details with images and excellent prose. Thanks Mira!

    • mircaskirca's Profile Photo
      Sep 10, 2012 at 9:28 PM

      Most welcome Alan! Las Peñitas is a lovely beach, very tranquil! Just skip it on the Christmas day when it gets packed with locals and residents of Leon.

  • MalenaN's Profile Photo
    Sep 22, 2011 at 10:35 PM

    That fruitsalad looks delicious! Too bad you didn't get what you ordered for lunch. I stayed two nights in Las Peñitas and it was very relaxing and not so much people.

  • Trekki's Profile Photo
    Sep 5, 2011 at 10:10 AM

    Oh wow, this looks indeed all tranquil and very nice to spend the day! Love the beaches and the views. But not good of a service at this restaurant. Maybe an influence of the backpacker vibe? I hope not!

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