Covered in black sand lies Las Peñitas, a beach located about twenty minutes outside of León, Nicaragua.

Things to Do on Las Peñitas

  • Go Surfing
  • Do a day trip or night tour of the Juan Venado Nature Reserve
  • Take photographs of the sunset


Surfing on Las Peñitas beach

Surfing on Las Peñitas beach

Sunset on Las Penitas beach



Where to Stay on Las Peñitas

The hostel I was staying in Leon (Bigfoot Hostel), also happened to have a beach house called the ‘Bigfoot Beach House’ (rated 4.5/4 on TripAdvisor). Private rooms averaged about $10-$20 per night. Reservations are needed in advance and there is a small food menu including breakfast, lunch, and dinner items. Cash only. There are also a number of other options for places to stay including:

  • The Lazy Turtle
  • Hostal Barca de Oro
  • Hotel Olazul Las Penitas
  • Sol y Mar
  • Hotelito Oasis
  • Quetzal Playa
  • Mark and Daves Place
  • Rigo’s Guest House
  • Playa Roca Beach Hotel


Bigfoot Beach House


Getting to Las Peñitas

– By Car: Take the Poneloya Road from León and turn left towards Las Peñitas

– By Bus: Take the bus heading to  Poneloya /Las Peñitas from the El Mercadito bus station. The ride takes approximately 30 minutes and costs 12 cordobas (at the time of this post)

– By Taxi: A taxi will cost about $10 and it will take about 15 minutes from León


Chicken Bus