Nicaragua has almost unlimited opportunities for outdoor activities but few places to rent or buy equipment, so come prepared. Well-established sports include canoeing and kayaking, diving and snorkeling, hiking, fishing, and surfing. Sports with particular promise for development (once there’s money invested) include windsurfing, parasailing and kitesurfing.
Diving & Snorkeling
- Volcán Maderas Trek through cloud forest for a dip in a chilly crater lake on Isla Ometepe.
- Volcán Mombacho Spot monkeys, birds and orchids while rambling along cloud forest trails.
- Volcán Concepción Isla Ometepe's toughest hike, with epic views from the top (if you're lucky).
- Reserva Natural San Cristóbal-La Casita A serious trek to the tip of Nicaragua's tallest volcano.
- Reserva Natural Pilas-El Hoyo A hot hike to the crater of Cerro Negro, followed by an exhilarating ride down.
- Reserva Natural Cerro Apante Embark on this excellent three-hour ascent of a cross-bearing hillside outside Matagalpa.
- Playa Popoyo Friendly beach village and huge, hollow breaks.
- Playa Aserradores One world-class wave, beach breaks and a cluster of all-inclusive surf retreats.
- El Tránsito Excellent beach breaks, powerful swells and several great surf camps.
- Las Peñitas Small, regular waves, perfect for beginners, and oodles of beach hostels.
- Playa Yankee Powerful, fast point break for expert surfers only, south of San Juan del Sur.
- Playa Maderas Home of one of the most popular beach breaks on the Pacific coast.