In this post, we will discuss the top five Managua area beaches. Any of these five would make a fine vacation spot and some are great for surfing and for fishing! Since the capital city is not located directly on the Pacific coast, visitors sometimes overlook the fact that located within easy striking distance of Managua are several beautiful beaches. The five beaches listed below are all located approximately one hour away from the capital city and are just a sampling of the beaches located within an hour or so from MGA, Managua’s Augusto C. Sandino International Airport.
In addition to their all being approximately the same distance, they all share the warm ocean temperatures and beautiful sunsets. Some of these beaches are fantastic for surfing! Others are great for a nice long romantic walks on the beach. Let’s discuss each one individually.
Pochomil is perhaps the most well-known beach near Managua. It is located just to the south of the fishing village known as Masachapa. The beach is wide and sandy with some rock formations and tidepools. Luxury homes, hotels, and guest houses are located up and down the beach. It is a great place for a family vacation, a romantic getaway, a day trip, or a morning of great surfing. The surf is a beach break with rolling a frame waves that can be written up to 2 1/2 m in height.
Gran Pacifica is actually a residential and hotel development north of the Masachapa area. Entry is reserved only for residents, guests and daytrippers who need to pay an entrance fee or have overnight reservations. As such, it is a much more exclusive beach experience where you are unlikely to find a huge number of people on the beach, unlike the beaches of Pochomil and Masachapa.
As far as the surfing is concerned, it is excellent. There are two surf breaks at Gran Pacifica.
The first break is an advanced, experts only, left reef slab surfing break. It has various names some of which are: going to Punta San Diego, Hemorrhoids, or just simply Hemmies. To surf here you must only attempt during high tide on a swell from 1 to 2 m in height. It has a critical take off spot. If you mistime the takeoff, or do not commit to the wave, you will fall and there are very sharp sea urchins and other marine life just below the surface on a very shallow and sharp reef.
The second surfing break at Gran Pacifica is a much more mellow wave experience. The beach is called Playa Asuchillo, and is a beach break with a rivermouth that creates good sandbars suitable for fun surfing for intermediate and novice surfers.
Montelimar is an all inclusive resort with a lovely beach, decent to good surfing, and huge luxurious swimming pools, a fun casino, and all-you-can-eat buffets. Access is strictly controlled. You must be a guest at Montelimar to access the beaches and the grounds. If you are not a guest, you are limited to casino access. For adventurous surfers, it is possible to walk in but access is difficult at best. The surfing is concentrated around a headland on the south end of the beach which breaks up some of the rip currents and forms a decent beach break peak to provide good surf, especially for long boards.
Masachapa is a fishing village which house bars, restaurants, and small hotels along it’s beachfront area. There are reefs breaking up the surf and as a fishing village it is pretty protected from the ocean waves. So surfing right in front of the beach of Masachapa is not very good. But, it is surrounded by the other surfing breaks of the area.
Quizala is probably the most well-kept secret beach of the Managua, Nicaragua area. Located to the north of Montelimar and to the south of Gran Pacifica, Quizala is a wide open sandy beach. The surf can be quite good on its day, as a beach break with some good form due to the sandbars. There are literally only a couple of lodging opportunities available.
The best spot to visit is El Paraíso del Bikini. A friendly Frenchman named Cedric owns it. He has built swimming pools, rooms to stay in, restaurant bar and plenty of shady areas to enjoy a fine afternoon at the beach.
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