7 Things to See and Do on the Caribbean Coast in Nicaragua

Palms on caribbean beach in Nicaragua
Palms on caribbean beach in Nicaragua | © PixieMe / Shutterstock
Photo of Jack Guy
26 April 2018

Head over to the Caribbean coast to see a different side to Nicaragua, with white sand beaches and clear waters that make for a beach paradise. Read on to find out what you should do in the area.

Dive and snorkel at Little Corn

The Corn Islands offer some of the best diving and snorkeling in Nicaragua, with spots such as Blowing Rock and Shark Hole clustered around Little Corn. Take a boat out and dive or snorkel the day away among the sea life.

Little Corn Island, Nicaragua | © Pete Niesen/Shutterstock

Visit the Museo Histórico Cultural de la Costa Caribe

Learn about the diverse communities of the Caribbean coast at this great museum. It has exhibits on the Miskito civilization, the period of British rule and the later arrival of Spanish-speaking residents.

Little Corn Island, Nicaragua | © Pete Niesen/Shutterstock

Explore Pearl Lagoon and Pearl Cays

Visit this English-speaking Creole community to appreciate the diversity of Nicaragua and explore the coral reefs and mangrove forests that are teeming with wildlife. Take out a boat to see the best that the area has to offer.

Relax at the Reserva Silvestre Greenfields

This 284-hectare private reserve sits near Kukra Hill and offers swimming, hiking and canoeing in the jungle. Stay overnight in one of the cabins, or book a more comfortable bungalow.

The roseate spoonbill can be spotted in Nicaragua | © Edlyn B / Flickr

Bosawás Biosphere Reserve

On the northern end of the Caribbean coast lies this impressive reserve, which is isolated from much of the rest of the country. It’s a great place for birdwatching, but don’t expect to find any luxuries.

Party at the Maypole festival

There is little to keep visitors in the city of Bluefields for much of the year, but each May the city comes to life for a month-long party. The last week of the month is the busiest, with carnival-style parades throughout town.

Parque Arqueológico Piedras Pintadas

Head to this archaeological park to see hundreds of petroglyphs carved onto rocks, and take a dip in the bathing pool that has been hacked out of one huge boulder.

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