Five amazing sunsets that will make anybody want to visit Nicaragua


The flag of Nicaragua – courtesy of George Kenyon

Everybody knows I am in love with anything Latin America. But those who have the privilege of talking to me, quickly find out I have an obsession for Nicaragua. I have been there 3 times, and I hope to visit Nicaragua again soon. Yes, it is my favourite country in Central America, so much so that when people contact me to ask about other countries such as Costa Rica or Panama, I end up suggesting visiting Nicaragua instead.

What makes it so special to me? It simply is an amazing country, that has so much to offer to travellers. Beautiful colonial cities

Leon, Nicaragua

Leon is one of the best places to visit in Nicaragua

A turbulent yet fascinating history

Leon, Nicaragua

Museo de la Revolucion, Leon

Incredible nature and wildlife.

Las Isletas, one of the places to visit in Nicaragua

Panchito lives on La Isla de los Monos, at Las Isletas: one of the places to visit in Nicaragua – courtesy of George Kenyon

Lakes and volcanoes.

Masaya, one of the tourist attractions in Nicaragua

Volcanoes are among the tourist attractions in Nicaragua – courtesy of George Kenyon

Amazing beaches.

Poneloya, one of the best beaches in Nicaragua

Poneloya is one of the best beaches in Nicaragua

Kind and warm people.


La cara de Nicaragua, the face of Nicaragua – courtesy of George Kenyon

And, something that backpackers should never underestimate, this beautiful country is still unspoilt by mass tourism (but hurry! This will change, it is such an incredible place), it is very safe to travel even for solo female travellers, and it actually is the cheapest country in the continent: my dollars could get me a long way here.

Not convinced yet? Perhaps these amazing sunsets will do the trick and prove it is time to plan a trip to Nicaragua.

Five amazing sunsets that will make anybody want to travel to Nicaragua

Granada and Las Isletas:

Anybody visiting the country will take a side in the local argument over which city is better, Leon or Granada? Many will say colonial Granada, is the prettiest one among Nicaragua attractions. I must admit my heart beats for Leon, but the most touristic destination in the country (which for some reason reminds me of Trinidad, in Cuba) is indeed picture perfect, and the waterfront of Lake Granada or a boat ride across Las Isletas offer fantastic opportunities to photography lovers. Snapping a good picture is one of the things to do in Nicaragua.

Las Isletas, one of Nicaragua attractions

Nicaragua tours can’t skip a stop at Las Isletas

Mombacho, Nicaragua

Volcano Mombacho – view from Las Isletas

Poneloya and Las Peñitas

A half hour ride on a chicken bus from Sutiava, Leon, these two Nicaragua beaches are more than a surfer’s paradise. Lay in the sun, challenge the waves, go for a walk, enjoy a cold beer and by all means, do not miss the amazing Pacific sunset.

Las Peñitas, Nicaragua beaches

Catching the waves at Las Peñitas, one of the best beaches in Nicaragua

Las Peñitas, Nicaragua

Las Peñitas

Volcan Cerro Negro

About one hour drive from Leon, Cerro Negro is a great, short and windy hike. I could practice volcano boarding here and get covered in sand. And, let’s not forget that the view from the top is simply stunning. I absolutely did not want to miss a volcano on my Nicaragua vacation.

Cerro Negro, Nicaragua vacation

It’s not a Nicaragua vacation if it doesn’t feature a volcano: view from top of Cerro Negro

Cerro Negro, Nicaragua

Storm in the distance – sunset from Cerro Negro

Isla de Ometepe

Located in Lake Nicaragua, Ometepe is an 8 shaped island which, despite the presence of two active volcanoes, is peaceful, remote, and offers great hikes, wildlife and spectacular views. Among Nicaragua attractions, it may well be my favourite.

Volcano Madera, Isla de Ometepe

That’s one smokey volcano!

Corn Islands Nicaragua

Whether I feel like relaxing under the Caribbean sun, snorkelling in the clear waters, diving or just want to walk around to explore the island, Isla de Maiz won’t disappoint me. And here, I can be treated to a beautiful, almost stereotypical sunset.

Little Corn Island, Nicaragua

Little Corn Island – courtesy of Nomad Kiwis

Care to know about more things to do in Nicaragua? Stay tuned for more posts!


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  • Brinnie
    11 April 2015 at 15:19

    Beautiful site, Claudia! You seem to have captured the true essence of Nicaragua.
    The bus to the beaches of Las Penitas and Poneloya leaves from Sutiava, Leon, not from Suyapa. Before boarding the bus, people might want to visit the nearby small, but very interesting Indigenous Sutiava Museum.

    • Claudia Tavani
      25 April 2015 at 13:05

      Oh, yes – I forgot that was the name. Suyapa is actually a beach resort in Las Penitas. Thanks for pointing that out. I will correct it now!

  • Bethaney - Flashpacker Family
    25 April 2015 at 13:01

    I’ve been hearing a lot about Nicaragua lately. Definitely a place to check out soon.

    • Claudia Tavani
      25 April 2015 at 13:04


  • Olga
    25 April 2015 at 13:22

    Volcan Cerro Negro looks absolutely breathtaking!!

    • Claudia Tavani
      25 April 2015 at 14:35

      It is – it’s not a hard hike at all, but it gets windy and sandy. Totally worth it!

  • Stephanie
    25 April 2015 at 14:17

    Isla de Omotepe looks like a wonderful place to vist. I’ve always found volcanos facinating!

    • Claudia Tavani
      25 April 2015 at 14:35

      I heard people saying it is not that great. I love it. Would go back there anytime!

  • Travelwith2ofus
    25 April 2015 at 15:10

    Seems like a really beautiful place. Lovely countryside with nature untouched.

    • Claudia Tavani
      26 April 2015 at 9:09

      There are plans to build another canal in Central America, through Lake Nicaragua. Go ASAP 🙂 although I hope they never do!

  • Brianna
    26 April 2015 at 3:44

    Your pictures just reinforced why Nicaragua is on my list.

    • Claudia Tavani
      26 April 2015 at 9:10

      There are so many places to visit in Nicaragua that I am not done with it yet. It still is on my list 🙂

  • Acrosscities
    26 April 2015 at 9:52

    Good overview for someone whi doesn’t hear abt nicaragura often (me!)

    • Claudia Tavani
      26 April 2015 at 10:05

      🙂 I am glad you liked it. Just so you know, there are so many more places to visit in Nicaragua besides those I mention!

  • Jenna
    27 April 2015 at 4:45

    Definitely makes me want to visit! Nicaragua looks amazing. Great photos!

    • Claudia Tavani
      27 April 2015 at 9:43

      With so many things to do in Nicaragua, you have to spend a good few weeks there!

  • andrew
    27 April 2015 at 9:15

    Great captures. I need to get my butt down there asap!

    • Claudia Tavani
      27 April 2015 at 9:44

      Hehe so you can be a proper beach bum in the best beaches in Nicaragua?

  • Yvonne
    27 April 2015 at 9:49

    Beautiful pictures. Nicaragua is definitely on my list of places that I need to go as I lived in Panama twice and I heard so many great things about Nicaragua! They also apparently have amazing community based projects that I would love to discover.

    • Claudia Tavani
      28 April 2015 at 8:57

      Hey Yvonne! Yes, they do. One of the best things to do in Nicaragua, if you care to travel there on a budget (well, it already is very cheap anyways!), is to join one of the environmental protection projects.

  • Valeria @ Rome, New York, London, World
    27 April 2015 at 19:56

    Poneloya has to be my favorite! I’ve never been to Nicaragua – now I know who to ask for advice 🙂

    • Claudia Tavani
      28 April 2015 at 8:55

      It is one of my favourites too, and definitely one of the best beaches in Nicaragua. I will be writing more posts – guide-like ones. So stay tuned 🙂

  • Becky Padmore
    5 July 2015 at 17:25

    Wow loving the sunset shots! What a unique place!

  • Kim
    26 November 2017 at 22:32

    While I agree that Nicaragua is great, it’s by far not the cheapest country in Central America. Guatemala is a lot cheaper, Mexico as well, El Salvador is actually on a similar price level, while Belize and Costa Rica are indeed more expensive. So I’d say Nicaragua is in the middle.

    In terms of safe for female solo travellers, I have to say I’ve felt most uncomfortable in Nicaragua because I was constantly being stared at, which I didn’t experience in any of the other places. I travelled by bicycle, so maybe that made a difference but in all of the other countries there was a lot more encouragement on the road whereas in Nicaragua there was staring, obscene gestures and even kids shouting swear words. In Guatemala, El Salvador, Belize and Mexico, the people have been a lot friendlier so far. Sure, I’ve also met friendly and kind Nicaraguans but on the whole Nicaragua doesn’t compare well to the other countries I’ve visited in Central America.

    • Claudia Tavani
      27 November 2017 at 10:25

      Hi Kim, thank you for sharing your experience. I always like to hear (or read) different stories and points of view. For sure, I talk about my own experience, and that may differ from others. I found Mexico (especially Yucatan) to be more expensive than Nicaragua for example. Guatemala is more or less the same. El Salvador is a bit more expensive. It all depends on where you go, I suppose. As for your experience – yes, that makes it unpleasant. It’s not nice you’ve had to go through that!


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