Leon is hot. Beautiful and colonial and interesting, but hot. After one day of wandering around the city worried that we may actually melt into puddles and flow down the cobblestoned streets, a day away from the heat and exhaust and crowds of the city felt necessary.
The most popular day trips from Leon involve the majestic volcanoes that surround the city, and as fun as volcano boarding sounded, we just couldn’t imagine hiking anywhere in the hot sun, no matter how exhilarating the payoff was. So when we heard about the small beach town of Las Penitas 30 minutes away we knew where we would be off to for the day.
We took the public bus for only $0.50 and after a short ride through the Nicaraguan countryside we landed on the basically deserted beach and promptly got to work gathering seashells and aimlessly wandering.
We walked and walked and walked, stopping to eat some ceviche, drink a few beers, and pick up beautiful shells.
Before heading back to Leon we stopped for a late lunch of fresh fish. In a restaurant we had all to ourselves.
It was a perfect, relaxing, wonderful day and remains one of our fondest travel memories.
Dollars and Sense
Bus to Las Penitas from Leon: 24 cordoba/person
TIP: Consider staying the night. There are hostels along the beach and if you are looking for somewhere super chill to relax and decompress, then this is the beach for you.