Top things to do

Top Choice Nature Reserve in Pacific Beaches near León

Reserva Natural Isla Juan Venado

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, crocodiles, nesting turtles and mosquitoes galore. On one s…
Top Choice Museum in León

Museo de Arte Fundación Ortiz-Gurdián

Probably the finest museum of contemporary art in all of Central America, the Ortiz-Gurdián Collection has spilled over from its original home in Casa Don Norberto Ramiréz, refurbished in 2000 to its original Creole…
Top Choice Distillery in Chichigalpa

Flor de Caña

Flor de Caña rum is among the world's finest and it has been produced in Chichigalpa since the distillery's founding in 1890. Visitors are initiated into the mysteries of rum production during 1½-hour-long tours, wi…
Top Choice Church in León

Iglesia de la Recolección

Three blocks north of the cathedral, the 1786 Iglesia de la Recolección is considered the city’s most beautiful church, a Mexican-style baroque confection of swirling columns and bas-relief medallions that portray t…
Top Choice Museum in León

Museo Histórico de la Revolución

León is the heart and soul of liberal Nicaragua. Stop into this museum for an overview of the Nicaraguan revolutionaries who stood up against the Somoza dictatorship, tracing national history from the devastating ea…
Top Choice Nicaraguan in León

Mercado La Estacíon

Head here in the evenings for your fill of the BX, León's famous dish. BX (bajón extremo) was coined by local students in the 1990s; it's the local take on the fritanga, consisting of gallo pinto, slaw, marinated gr…
Top Choice Fusion in León

Imbir

A happy marriage of Polish and Sri Lankan dishes, this eclectic restaurant does an equally good job with moreish pierogi (with multiple fillings) and curries ranging from gentle to fruity yet fiery. The shady interi…
Top Choice Cafe in León

Pan y Paz

Run by a European couple, this fabulous French bakery specializes in homemade breads. Grab a table on the breezy interior courtyard and choose from a menu of freshly baked pastries and gourmet salads and sandwiches.…
Top Choice Fusion in Las Peñitas

La Bombora

Chef Marc has earned La Bombora its share of local followers with his culinary masterpieces, from slow-cooked ribs and brisket to pulled pork sliders and grilled seafood. Don't leave without trying his jalapeño marg…
Top Choice Fusion in Playa Aserradores

Al Cielo Hotel & Restaurante

It's well worth making the trek to this excellent French/Italian fusion restaurant on top of a hill, with excellent sea views to complement your rum infusion aperitif. There are cabañas too, in case you decide to li…