The chicken bus stops every hundred metres, dropping off its passengers one by one in this dead end street. Even the energetic school kids jump out before the end point. Until only I am left, and the entire Las Penitas beach seems to be mine.
This is as busy as it gets in this beach paradise. From here, walk further north, bathing in the sun, to narrower Playa Poneloya. You would almost immediately want to buy a small house here. Life doesn’t get much better than this. Especially when you hit upon the eternal-looking sandbanks where Rio Telica sometimes cuts through the beach. This is where turtles live. This is where peacefulness rules. Shut your eyes. And sing to me.
Good to know:
- Las Penitas can easily be reached from Leon. Take the chicken bus from Mercadito de Sutiava, in the western part of Leon (along Calle Ruben Dario). It will first go to Poneloya and then Las Penitas. Last bus back is at 6pm
- There are several lodges for rent in Las Penitas and Poneloya as well
- As mentioned, the natural reserve Isla Juan Venado can be accessed from Las Penitas. it is an 18 kilometre long stretch full of wildlife, known especially for its turtles. That is another full day of exploring
- Cosiguina peninsula beaches are an even quieter alternative. These are hard to reach though, you first have to travel from Leon to Chinandega and then further onwards