Welcome to Ocotal
Sunken into a boulder-strewn valley sprinkled with ocote pines and wildflowers and ringed with mountains, Ocotal is the commercial center of the Segovias. These mountains once baited gold-hungry pirates up the Río Coco from the Caribbean Sea. More significantly, in 1927, Sandino and his ‘Crazy Little Army’ seized control of Ocotal from federal forces in his first big victory. This action won him some extra attention from the US White House, who soon made humble Ocotal the first city in history to be bombed by fighter planes. Today, Ocotal is just a peaceful market town that serves farmers and families who live in the dozens of surrounding pueblos. There's little reason to visit, but it's pleasant enough to break up a journey or as a lunch spot.