Why we Love León!

The blue hour (from La hora azul, in Spanish, or L’Heure Bleue in French) is the period of twilight early in the dawn each morning and late dusk each evening when the sun is at a significant distance below the horizon and the residual, indirect sunlight takes on a predominantly blue hue. In our beautiful Colonial city of León, colonial and baroque architecture from our fascinating Cathedrals serve as the perfect backdrop each and every day. A town that will soon celebrate 500 years of existence.


One of the 3 most prominent cities in Nicaragua  León, is a culturally rich city. It has become an important industrial, agricultural and commercial center for the country as well as a historical colonial midpoint. There are more churches and cathedrals in León than anywhere else in Nicaragua. It is truly a didactic city with many influential artists,  and home to various museums that are worth  your visit.


Nicaraguan food is a mixture of interesting dishes and unusual ingredients. In León you will find a menu for any taste. From the Fritangas located outside the Mercado central or La Estacion serving anything from Chicken to beef to pork to the fancy restaurants located all over the city offering a variety of different menus.

León night life has options for almost everyone. Dancing is an essential part of the Nicaraguan culture and there are several great clubs to choose from that offer chances for you to practice your Salsa or just groove the night away to the latest club beats. The Zona Rosa district offers a  uniquely Nicaraguan spirit to the bar scene. Every day of the week  you’ll find a different spot  for eating, drinking and dancing.



Just 20 kilometers from León, there is the Pacific ocean rim with a beach divided into two quaint beach villages next to each other called Poneloya and Las Peñitas. Both towns offer a laid back atmosphere with a wide range of beach activities  like swimming, surfing, sunbathing or watching a truly magnificent sunset. The towns are connected by a long stretch of wide sandy beach surrounded by an array of hostels and restaurants serving fresh seafood. Both areas attract surfers and avid swimmers with their impressive small regular waves. If you love surfing or would like to learn this can be a perfect place to start.



The citizens are warm and welcoming. Nicaragua has been experiencing an increase in tourism in the last few years as more and more people discover this “undiscovered” gem.   More and more the Nicaraguan people are openly embracing the interest that vacationers, expats, and investors have shown in their country.

Nicaragua is evolving and  ready to embrace tourism.  León’s rich history, friendly people and  Nicaragua’s dramatic landscapes are waiting to be explored. The traveler to this quaint city and fascinating country will be rewarded with unforgettable memories and an authentic Latin American travel experience. Some have called Nicaragua the “Next Costa Rica”, but we have to say it should be called the “New Nicaragua“. Come and Meet León Nicaragua!


4 Comments Add yours

  1. Claudia says:

    Where is your favorite hotel or B&B for 2 adults–we’re not on a budget? Thank you.

    1. Caroline says:

      Hi Claudia! I would reccomend Flor de Sarta, Azul Hotel Mariposa and La Perla. Out of those my 2 favorites would be Flor De Sarta and Azul. They are located within walking distance of the main center and lots of shopping and restaurants. Please feel free to let me know if you need other suggestions.

  2. I enjoyed reading your experiences. My fiancé and I are getting married in León next month….he’s Nicaraguan (originally from León) and well…. soy 100% gringa 😉 I studied abroad in Costa Rica and have traveled extensively throughout CR and Panamá and have near-native Spanish so…. I’m hoping that eases the culture shock. The week before we get married will be my time to get to know a country I have yet to know. If you have any advice about how Nicaraguan weddings typically go…I’d love to know. We are having a civil ceremony at Hotel El Convento with both of our families. Thanks in advance for your input!

    1. Caroline says:

      Hi Rachel! Sorry for the delayed response. I am hoping this message gets to you before the wedding if not I hope you had a beautiful ceremony. You couldnt have picked a nice setting for a wedding. I think an intimate wedding with close family is the best way to start your new life together. Nicaraguans are very family oriented. If you will be living in León, please feel free to connect with me on Facebook..Caroline Membreño. All the best wishes . Bienvenidos a Nicaragua!

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