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Playa Las Penitas

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Great Quiet Beach

Big waves, so head to the north side of the beach where it is a bit more calm. Not many tourists... read more

Reviewed December 9, 2018
Las Peñitas beach, León - Nicaragua

This beach is close to the colonial city of León, Nicaragua. It has many small hostals and casual... read more

Reviewed October 14, 2018
Managua, Nicaragua
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Very nice beach, the waves ar amazing and the water temperature was very warm. The sand is soft and you can make a good walk on the water.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank John08154711
Reviewed December 9, 2018

Big waves, so head to the north side of the beach where it is a bit more calm. Not many tourists, quiet and secluded. Not many places to eat but a good relaxing place to go to. We loved our time here.

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank theseforeignroads
Reviewed October 14, 2018 via mobile

This beach is close to the colonial city of León, Nicaragua. It has many small hostals and casual restaurants and bars established by foreigners that have decided to move here. Surfers have a preference for this beach!

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank taboadarodrigo
Reviewed September 12, 2018

I went here in the beginning of September 2018. It's a short drive from Leon, using a taxi it was $10. This is the Pacific coast so expect "black sand." It's a long stretch of beach that you can walk for hours. Because of the...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank comphollic
Reviewed July 9, 2018

Very close from Leon, a taxi took us for 10 bucks. Very good places for eat & drink. The beach is very nice.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank EduardoMejiaC
Reviewed April 14, 2018

Las Penitas has a lot to offer. 20min from Leon. Lots of restaurants and new Hotels. Good for couples and backpackers. And of course surf!

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank KevinY1543
Reviewed April 12, 2018

The beach itself was fine. Not white sand like you might find in Mexico or Thailand, but clean and nice enough. The surf was great (not surfing, but the surf), a lot of fun to play in, and the water temp was perfect: cool and...More

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed March 30, 2018 via mobile

Right near the river if you worry about the Pacific tide and swell. Lovely place to be. Lots of locals and hardly saw a tourist ☺️ Loved it!

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank davecS6982ON
Reviewed March 25, 2018 via mobile

My expectations where high. Everybody is talking about las Penitas. It’s a beach village but there is nothing to do. Not a nice town, only the beach and a couple of hostels and a few restaurants. There is nobody there. It all looks sad, depressing...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Stephanie Z
Reviewed March 25, 2018 via mobile

This is a good beach to visit while in Leon. Took the chicken bus there and was about 30mins drive for 15 cordobas. Very chilled beach with hostels along the beach front. Great sea for surfing and swimming, surprisingly clear water. Best bit is to...More

Date of experience: March 2018
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July 26, 2015|
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Response from jocko | Reviewed this property |
Yes you could get a taxi, and might be more economical if you could share one with others at your hostel or lodging. I don't recall the name of the bus terminal but it was not one of the larger ones. I think it was the... More
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February 9, 2015|
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Response from Jody P | Reviewed this property |
KPR77 gave a very thorough answer so I won't add to that other than to say that while my spouse and I have been completely comfortable on the local buses in 4 months of living here, doing the negotiations to get from the... More