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




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.

For the surfer on a budget there are plenty of accommodations to choose among, even if you want to stay right on the beach. Prices for beach front dorms start at 6 USD and you can get your own private room for 15 USD. There are several rustic restaurants along the beach and on main street (which runs parallel to the beach) that will welcome you with open arms even if you arrive barefeet and in wet shorts with your board over your shoulder.

At several places along the beach, ragged rocks are located just a few meters from the waterline and they can be hidden during high tide so be careful. Spend some time scouting the shoreline at low tide to know what’s hidden beneath or simply ask one of the locals to point out the risky spots for you. The name Las Penitas literary means “the little rocks” in Spanish.

If you want to bring your own board with you on the chickenbus from Leon that’s no problem, but it is also possible to rent surfing boards and body boards at most hostels and at the surf school.

Surfing overview for Las Penitas

Experience level:                Suitable for all surfers, but be aware of the undertow

Wave quality:                     World Class

Frequency:                          Very consistent year round

Type:                                   Point-break

Direction:                            Right and left

Normal length:                    50-150 meters

Swell size:                           Starts working at 1.0-1.5 m and holds up to 3 m+

Tide position:                      All tides

Bottom:                              Sandy

Surfing lessons in Las Penitas

Coco Surf School opened in April 2009 and offers classes and surfboard rentals, and will also repair damaged boards for you. Renting a board costs 3 USD per hour or 10 USD for the whole day. The school is located right at the beach; look for a thatched cabana between Playa Roca and Hotel Suyapa.

You can reach the owners Rafae and Carlos on cocosurfschool@gmail.com, visit their website or call 505-8-958-7443.





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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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