Friday, December 15, 2017 Edition: U.S. & World | Regional

The Hidden Beaches of Nicaragua

One of the many things that this Central American country is known for are the beautiful beaches. You have the likes of San Juan del Sur and Montelimar, but what some people may not realize is that there are a number of hidden beaches. These hidden beaches are just as beautiful and secluded. This gives the privacy to enjoy your time at the beach without all the crowds.

 
Majagual

This beach has some breathtaking views and incredible rock formations. It’s also a great place to relax, swim, fish, or surf! Because there’s only one hotel and no real food options in the area, visitors might do better to stay in the nearby town of Maderas and head out to Majagual during the day. This hidden gem is not too far from the popular San Juan del Sur, making it a great place to escape from the crowds.
 
Majagual
Playa San Diego

This hidden beach of Nicaragua is the perfect spot for anyone that loves surfing. At the Punto San Diego, you can find a shallow reef covered by a hollow, fast-breaking point. At the Asuchillo Beach Break, you’ll encounter swell, almond-shaped barrels that anyone can ride. Located in the village of California, Playa San Diego is about halfway between Masachapa and Los Cedros.
 
Playa San Diego
Refugio de Vida Silvestre La Flor

This nature reserve is a great place to see a number of protected and endangered species, including the leatherback turtle and the Olive Ridley turtle. It’s also a quiet place that will get you off the beaten path and to a place where you can enjoy the nature of Nicaragua. Along the road to get to the nature reserve from San Juan del Sur, there are a number of small, hidden beaches that anyone can explore.
 
Refugio De Vida Silvestre La Flor
Hidden Coves

If you get the chance to visit Nicaragua’s Corn Islands, you’ll find a number of beautiful beaches, but many of them overrun with the tourists that love to visit this popular locale. For a quieter beach experience, head to the Hidden Coves on Little Corn Island. Although it’s located behind the old Casa Iguana property, this area is open to the public, so just ask for directions and you’ll be on your way.
 
Hidden Coves
Salinas Grande

Leon is one of the favorite towns for visitors to Nicaragua, but if you’re looking for a way to find an escape from the bustle of Leon, Salinas Grande is the way to go. This beautiful beach is almost always empty and you can swim in it, or do some surfing. From here, you can also visit Juan Venado Estuary where you can view local wildlife.
 
Salinas Grande
Playa Amarillo

Along the southern coast of Nicaragua, there are a number of beaches that you can choose from, including Playa Gigante, which is one of the most popular ones. However, if you want to get somewhere more secluded, you’ll need to head north of this hot spot to find Playa Amarillo. Here, you can swim or surf, and it’s just a 10-minute walk back to Playa Gigante.
 
Playa Amarillo
Los Clavos Beach

For surfing like no other that takes you away from the crowds and lets you have as many waves to yourself as you want, there’s Los Clavos Beach. This doesn’t get much more remote as it’s located on the northern coast of Nicaragua where few people venture. Much of this area is filled with untouched natural scenery, and the best way to see it and other secluded beaches is by working with a local tour company.
 
Los Clavos Beach

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4 Comments

  1. Jerry
    December 7, 2017 - 1:19 am

    So many hidden beaches in Nicaragua! I like hanging out with my family where few people come. The Los Clavos Beach seems to be the right place. We’ll be touring this beach to catch fun with one of the local tour companies.

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  2. Vic B.
    December 7, 2017 - 9:41 am

    There’s something meditative, almost spiritual in being alone on a beach. It’s a rare occasion with so many beautiful places being turned into tourist hot spots nowadays. That’s why I think it’s important to cherish these little gems, hidden away from the crowds of idle visitors who only care about getting a smooth tan, and don’t think about appreciating their surroundings and being one with nature.

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  3. Rachael Mills
    December 8, 2017 - 1:23 am

    Hmmm, Nicaragua might not be a bad idea for a place to have a vacation with my fiance next year, he loves to surf and I also love beaches especially without too much crowd, I will bookmark this for future reference.

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  4. Charles
    December 9, 2017 - 1:14 am

    These beaches look perfect! I hate crowds so I almost never tend to go for beaches that are tourist magnets, I prefer to relax in peace and quiet, not to barely be able to hear myself.

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