Pochomil is south of Managua about 1 hour on the Pacific Ocean. It is a popular weekend spot for people living in Managua. The beach is big and very accessible. Along the beach front at the INTUR entrance, you will find dozens of local comedores "local grass hut restaurants" serving up the daily catch from the ocean. Pochomil is a small town and the sister city is the poor fishing town of Masachpa. Not much to do here as compared to other beach towns in the world and there is virtually no shopping. However, this is a great place to enjoy quiet beaches that extend for 20 miles in either direction. Surfing is beginner stuff here but much better further up the beach. You can also rent ATV's or a horse. Restaurants at night are few, but a new one just opeded behind Vista Mar Hotel called La Rocca. Excellent food and nice cold beer. Great people. Luke and Margarita are the owners. They also have a small hotel in progress of construction. The only other restaurants serving dinner are in Masachapa. This is a no-frills environment, very laid back and rural.
Few people, including Nicaraguans, know of the large number of unstudied archeological sites in the low lands near Pochomil. There is one tour that takes you to one of Nicaragua's most signficant archeolocial sites. It is in an area that few know of and only requires a walk of about 2 miles. This site has one of the 2 only sites, yet discovered, that strongly suggest the practice of human sacrifice. All other sites found so far in Nicaragua are void of such imagery. Additionally, the walk puts you in direct contact with some local family farmers so you can see exactly how these people live in this remote sector of Nicaragua. As an added bonus there are 2 fantastic swimming holes that can be enjoyed most year around. These waters are not the murky type characteristic with Latin American creeks and rivers. They are transparent. Contact the local tour company www.inspirationtours.org for more details Or talk with reception at Barcelo, Montelimar.
From close by Montelimar you can enjoy a surreal ATV/Snorkeling tour that takes you up the beach about 15 miles. Yes, 15 miles of undeveloped beach that is. The location is a huge tidal pool that is formed in low tide that is about 200 yards long and 100 yards wide and about 10 feet deep at the deepest point. Most fish are found in 3 to 6 feet of water. Very safe location for beginner snorklers. Inquire with the local tour operator, Inspiration Tours for details. www.inspirationtours.org
After a good dinner a few of us in our group decided to go back to the beach and relax under the starry sky. Even though there was light coming from a nearby resort (they had a generator going cause the electricity was out again), it was still pretty dark so we took our flash lights with us so we could find our way back to the stairs. Strooling on the beach at night or just sitting listening to the crashing waves is great (and very cool when its hot in your room). So Have walk on the beach the go have some Flor de Cana and Coke by candle light at the restaurante to top off your night!
It may have the look of a tourist trap but renting an ATV or a horse to take for a spin around the beach wasnt all that bad. It was 100 cordobas (17 cds to the dollar- 17:1; 170= 10USD) for a half an our ride for the ATV and only 40 cords for the same time on a horse(which could be led in front or followed from behind by the owners). Its worth it ! there are a few places on the beach to get an ATV or two (you have to be 16 to rent one just so you know, but parents can ride with children.) The guys with the horses will come up to you if you even hint at interest and you can take your pick! No matter what you ride remember that there are other people on the beach. Be Aware so you dont crash or run someone over (or straight into the ocean). Be smart, and have lots of fun! Also see tourist trap to see more pic's!
I arrived to Pochomil in the beginning of December. Apparently not the high-season, the beach was deserted as the pictures shows.
The beach and the water were really nice though, and the sun was shining. Next to the beach there is a kind of a promenade, where restaurants in palmhuts offer dishes with fish.
Having the beach to myself was all right for a while, but then it became quite boring not to have anybody to talk to. Worse being, that all the locals wanted to sell me stuff at the beach and they all wanted me to eat in their restaurant. Apparently they had get all the income they normally got from a hole crowd of tourist just from me.