Parque Central

The Parque Central is downright audacious, a concrete confection of fountains and turtles with a very Jetsons-esque clock tower and a small locomotive sitting by the old Aduana building that's now a museum dedicated to Corinto's old railroad. A squat, green Catholic church is the final resting place of poet Azarías H Pallais, although most literature ignores him, noting instead that Isla El Cardón, just offshore, inspired Rubén Darío’s poem ‘A Margarita Debayle.’

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10.29 MILES

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2. Iglesia San Antonio

10.41 MILES

This dramatic facade is painted pastel-yellow; inside, find delightful Easter egg–blue and yellow columns and arches.

3. Parroquia Santa Ana

10.62 MILES

This is Chinandega’s most important church, with a splendid Stations of the Cross, lots of gilt and some Russian Orthodox styling that have earned it the…

4. Iglesia El Calvario

10.7 MILES

Features an art deco exterior, a nice bell tower, a simple interior hung with chandeliers and a beautiful blue-and-white tiled ceiling.

5. Museo Enrique B. Mántica

10.88 MILES

Anyone with even a passing interest in archaeology should stop in here, one of the finest museums in the country. The beautifully displayed collection…

6. Flor de Caña

11.86 MILES

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8. Reserva Natural Isla Juan Venado

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This 20km-long, sandy barrier island (in some places only 300m wide) has swimming holes and lots of wildlife, including hundreds of migrating bird species…