Cultural Xplorer

Visiting Las Peñitas Beach, Nicaragua

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

Things to Do on Las Peñitas


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