Poneloya

Las Penitas is located just down the beach from another popular Nicaraguan beach town, Poneloya.

San Juan Del Sur

San Juan Del Sur is another beach town located on the Nicaraguan Pacific coast line. San Juan Del Sur is the number one beach town in Nicaragua and home to a lot of expats and rich Nicaraguans.

Buying groceries

Although there are several restaurants and bars along the beach that offer beer, soft drinks, snacks, cigarettes etc there aren’t any kiosks or grocery stores there so you need to leave the beach and go to main street or beyond if you want to buy groceries to make your own dinner or want some fruit and bread for your packed lunch.

Buying real state

There are several real estate companies who can help you find your dream house in las penitas. One that got perhaps the greatest selection of listed properties is Nicaragua realty


Welcome to Las Penitas

Welcome to LasPenitas.info. We strive to provide you with the best up to date information available anywhere about las penitas. Here you will find information about Las Penitas, resturant and hotel reviews as well as other useful resources for any traveler who is contemplating a visit to Las Penitas

Located along the Nicaraguan Pacific Coast, Las Penitas if famous for its top-notch surfing and laid back relaxing atmosphere. You won’t find a supermarket, traffic light or ATM here but if you’re looking for unadulterated tranquillity, cheap sea-food, hearty rum drinks and an everlasting beach this is the place to go.

Las Penitas is located right next to Poneloya and the two villages have more or less merged into one. Poneloya is still characterized by being largely made up by the grand beach villas of the Nicaraguan well-to-do while Las Penitas caters for domestic and foreign vacationers by offering more in the way of hostels, restaurants and beach activities. Local activities include boat or kayak trips in the Juan Venado Nature Preserve, horseback riding along the beach, surfing lessons and fishing excursions. During weekends and holidays, locals from the surrounding cities pour in to picnic at the beach, play volleyball and swim in the ocean or inside the shallow bay next to the Nature reserve.

Las Penitas is located roughly 20 km or 12 miles from Leon, which in turn is a 90 minute ride by car or express bus from Managua. A bus heading for Poneloya and Las Penitas leaves the Mercadito Sutiava once an hour during the day, but it can take up to an hour for it to reach the beach so getting a taxi driver to take you will save you quite a lot of time. Thanks to the new road (completed in 2009), a car ride will take no more than 15 minutes from Leon.



Isla Juan Venado

The Isla Juan Venado Nature Reserve is a biodiverse coastal wetland region that exists thanks to the small barrier island Juan Venado. The island is basically just a thin, long strip of sand – but the nature is astonishingly beautiful and exploring the reserve by boat or on foot offers true tranquillity for all senses. There are no vehicles, no paved roads and no human settlements on the island.

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Money Matters

- There is no ATM
- United States dollars are normally accepted
- Smaller shops can have a hard time coming up with change for larger bills

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Internet in Las Penitas

There is only one Internet café in Las Penitas: Cybersol. Located at the bay in the southernmost part of the village (right next to the Juan Venado Nature Reserve), it has five computers and will also allow you to connect your own laptop to their wifi.

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Las Penitas Information

Las Penitas is a small coastal village located on the Nicaraguan Pacific Coast, just west of Leon. Together with nearby Poneloya*, Las Penitas has always been a favoured hang-out for Nicaraguans wishing to exchange the dusty city life for some fun and relaxing time on the beach.

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Getting to Las Penitas

Learn how to get to Las Penitas from Leon and Managua

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Las Penitas Fishing

The inshore Pacific waters off Nicaragua are filled with fish such as snappers, groupers, snook, crocodile needlefish, jack crevalle, bonito and rooster fish. Yellowfin tuna, dorados and wahoo are also occasionally caught inshore but going offshore is better if you’re interested in these species. The offshore waters are especially rich in striped marlin and sailfish, and the abovementioned yellowfin, dorado and wahoo.

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Surfing in Las Penitas

Still generally unknown to the main surfing population, Las Penitas offers world class surfing year round without any crowding. During weekdays you’d hardly see any surfers at all, and during weekends there is still plenty of space for everyone. However, Las Penitas is not the place to go if you want hundreds of fans admiringly watching your every move as you hit the waves – most days it will be just you and pelicans out there.

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Las Penitas Beach

Las Penitas is a typical beach and fishing town; almost all the houses are lined up along the beach and every morning you will see the fishermen bring in their catch in small, open boats.

The village is one those hidden little gems where you can watch the sun set on a perfectly empty beach, without having to give up modern life comforts such as ice cold beer and chocolate ice-cream.

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Hotels & Hostels

Finding a hotel or hostel in Las Penitas is normally not difficult, but if you have special requirements or plan on visiting around Christmas or Easter Week you are advised to book well in advance.

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Olazul

Rooms: 4/5
Service: 4/5
Price: 3/5
Amenities: 3/5
Location: 4/5
Language: English/French/Spanish

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Playa Roca

Rooms: 3/5
Service: 3/5
Price: 3/5
Amenities: 3/5 location: 4/5
Language: English/Spanish

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Barca de Oro

Rooms: 3/5
Service: 3/5
Price: 3/5
Amenities: 4/5 location: 5/5
Language: English/French/Spanish

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LaSamaki.net

Rooms: 2/5
Service: 4/5
Price: 4/5
Amenities: 3/5 location: 4/5
Language: English/Spanish

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Oasis Hotel

Rooms: 3/5
Service: 4/5
Price: 4/5
Amenities: 3/5
location: 4/5
Language: Spanish

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Resturants

Oasis

Food: 2/5
Service: 3/5
Price: 3/5
Environment: 4/5
Language: Spanish

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Barca de Oro

Food: 4/5
Service: 2/5
Price: 3/5
Environment: 4/5
Language: English/French/Spanish

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Riviera

Food: 3/5
Service: 4/5
Price: 3/5
Environment: 4/5
Language: English/Spanish

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Bertha

Food: 4/5
Service: 3/5
Price: 4/5
Environment: 2/5
Language: Spanish

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Playa Roca

Food: 2/5
Service: 4/5
Price: 2/5
Environment: 3/5
Language: English/Spanish

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