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Living a Beach Lifestyle in Las Penitas, NICARAGUA

Nicaraguan families flock to this beach town on Sundays. A few foreigners have  set up very small beachside hotels in Las Penitas. Hurricanes and crippling governments of the past have kept development down, meaning that extremely inexpensive properties can be found directly on the beach.

Residents spend their time relaxing in hammocks, walking or running along the black sand beach and wading in the ocean. The waves provide a perfect environment for first time surfers who want to take a lesson from the local surf school. Fishing and kayaking are also popular activities. Adjacent to the town is the nature preserve of Juan Venado Island, where you can see birds, iguanas, and alligators in a mangrove ecosystem. Most impressive are the sea turtles who come onshore at night to lay their eggs. A local organization can put together night tours to see these amazing animals.

Where to Retire in Las Penitas and Home Prices

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What Is Special about Las Penitas

There are few beach towns close to the US that remain this undeveloped. The beauty of this beach is astonishing. Active adults will enjoy exploring the local nature preserve with its impressive wildlife. The proximity of Leon, with its many cultural attractions also increases the value of life in Las Penitas.

What Is Not Special about Las Penitas

There is little to buy in the village itself, so residents would need to drive into Leon to resupply just about anything. The Nicaraguan government is much more stable than in the past, but still faces many challenges. People considering buying property should extensively research property rights to ensure security. The surf is quite rough and even strong swimmers should be careful.

Climate and Physical Environment

Properties are found between the black sand beach and a rough dirt road. The climate is fairly constant year round, with temperatures in the 80s. There is a rainy season between May and October. Generally this means that skies are clear in the morning, with afternoon or evening showers.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Not much culture can be found at the beach. Plenty exists in Leon.


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Medical Facilities

The closest hospital is in Leon.


Las Penitas is located forty minutes away from one of the major Nicaraguan cities - Leon. Several daily buses run this route, or you can take a taxi along the rough, unpaved road. Leon is about a 1.5 hour drive from the capital, Managua, which is a 2.5 hour flight from Miami.

Valuable Links

Link to some hotels at the beach, with pictures and info about activities:

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