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Top Choice Church in Isla Mancarrón

Nuestra Señora de Solentiname

Mancarrón's greatest human-made gift is Nuestra Señora de Solentiname, where populist priest Ernesto Cardenal ran a rather enlightened parish. Constructed by the community in 1979, it features a beautiful whitewashe…
Gallery in Isla San Fernando

Unión de Pintores y Artesanos de Solentiname ‘Elvis Chavarría’

Set in an old mahogany house uphill from the sheltered dock, this cooperative features the work of about 50 of the islands’ top artists and artisans. Affordable balsa sculptures are in one room, and higher-end paint…
Village in Isla Mancarrón

El Refugio

The highest concentration of craft workshops on the islands are just inland from the dock in Comunidad El Mancarrón (also called El Refugio). Feel free to wander and watch as families carve balsa-wood figures in the…
Island in Other Islands

Islas Zapote & Zapotillo

Avid birders won’t want to miss tiny Islas Zapote and Zapotillo, which feature Nicaragua’s highest concentration of birds, most famously flocks of roseate spoonbills that nest in February and March. Migratory birds …
Museum in Isla San Fernando

Museo Archipiélago Solentiname

Follow the trail to the right of the dock uphill through the avocado grove, and you’ll find this museum. The view and surrounding gardens alone are worth the hike. And inside you’ll find terrific natural-history and…
Nicaraguan in Isla San Fernando

Pulpería Doña Juanita

With just one table on the porch outside the family shop, this is the only eating option not attached to a hotel. The menu is limited to simple Nica comida corriente (a mixed plate of typical regional foods) but it'…
Island in Other Islands

Isla El Padre

You will hear the residents of Isla El Padre before you see them. Set between Mancarrón and San Fernando and named for yet another priest who long ago sought solitude in these tranquil waters, it’s inhabited by a tr…
Island in Other Islands

Isla Sevilla

Isla Sevilla, just west of Mancarroncito, is a haven for birdwatchers, with thousands of cormorants, tiger herons and pelicans here to enjoy some excellent fishing.
Museum in Isla Mancarrón

Museo Arqueológico

This fine museum up the hill from the church houses a small but intriguing collection of pre-Columbian metates, pottery and idols unearthed in the archipelago.