Home > Central America > Nicaragua > Leon and the North West > Puerto Sandino
Page Rating
Content Quality:

Page Importance:
Author Pick:
Close Map

Book a Hotel or Hostel

Hotels Hostels & Budget


Check in Date

Check out Date

Number of Rooms

Top Nicaragua

Puerto Sandino

Puerto Sandino is an end-of-the-line port town with warehouses left to rust, a seaside power plant and acres of salt evaporation ponds.

If you’ve made the long haul to this tiny destination, though, it’s not for the scenery – at least, not on land. Puerto Sandino might have rough roads and small beaches, but the harbor reef also kicks up the hollow curls that are a surfer’s dream.

Hotel Yeland (505-2-312-2256; fax 505-2-312-2288;; singles, $35; doubles, $50; triples, $60) is the only lodging in town and the only one within easy reach of major breaks at Miramar and El Velero. That the comfortable rooms are mostly rented to surfers is apparent from the board racks lining the hallway.

The hotel, located in an area with frequent water outages and potholed, manages to be surprisingly plush: cable TV, wireless internet and hot water in the private bathrooms. There is a small bar/restaurant and a large pool, which was (rather typically) empty in spring 2009, due to maintenance issues. Hotel Yeland rents surfboards for $15 per day and can arrange for boats to take visitors to the reef at the harbor’s mouth or other surfing spots.

Bar-Restaurant Chango (Mains: C$95 to C$210; 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. weekdays, 8 a.m. to 2 a.m., weekends; 505-2-312-2297) is a short walk across the street from Hotel Yeland. The menu is, unsurprisingly, seafood heavy, and the restaurant is outfitted with giant TVs. If you’re tired of the heat, you can eat in an air conditioned dining area for an extra 10 percent charge on your bill.

The only cyber café in town is really two computers at the back of a small store. Ciber Angy (505-2-312-2231) is open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays or 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sundays and charges C$15 per hour.

The best way to get around Puerto Sandino is, of course, to have your own vehicle. Beach access is a hot hike from town and public transportation (other than buses to Managua and LeĂłn) is non existent.

The one daily bus to Managua departs at 7 a.m. Buses on the bumpy, two hour trip to León (C$20) six times a day: 5 a.m., 7 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. The bus makes a lot of noise as it passes through town, but doesn’t actually stop longer than it takes to make a quick U-turn near the port warehouses, so jump on board.



Other places nearby Puerto Sandino: Corinto, Jiquilillo, Chinandega, Playa Aserradores, Chichigalpa, Playa Jiquilillo, Naragote, Poneloya, Las Penitas and Puerto Morazan.

By Rachael Hanley
A sometime newspaper journalist with a heavy side of wanderlust, Rachael moved to Quito in November to work on the V!VA staff. She is currently...
25 May 2009

View Puerto Sandino Map

Antarctica | Central America and Mexico | South America |
Advertise | Anúnciese | Jobs | Alliances | Alianzas | Terms of Use | Contact Us | About Us | Blog | Administradores |
You must register as an owner for access to these listing tools and benefits.

Notification of new reviews: receive your latest reviews by e-mail

Customized request-a-review link: encourage guests to spread the word about your property

Our owners' newsletter: stay informed about our latest tools and benefits for you

User login

Enter your username and password here in order to log into the website:


Create a new V!VA account

Forgot Password