Puerto Corinto, Nicaragua Cruise Port
While cruising along the northwest Pacific coast, you may float near the port town of Corinto, Nicaragua. Also called Puerto Corinto, this municipality in the province of Chinandega (which shares a border with Honduras) was founded in 1858. During the late 1800s, the town had a short period of British occupation until the Clayton–Bulwer Treaty with the United States forced the occupiers out. The port is typically a stopping-off point for León (around 38 miles southeast) and Managua (about 95 miles southeast). Travelers looking for a nice, quiet place to relax a bit will enjoy Puerto Corinto. With fewer than 17,000 residents, this is an area of quaint shops and lovely churches in which to pass the time. For more excitement, there are several tours that can take you to the larger cities for sightseeing and shopping. Here are some of our favorite experiences when cruising to Puerto Corinto, Nicaragua:
For some local history and culture, visit the Alfonso Cortes-Corinto History Museum, Library & Auditorium. Named after a famous Nicaraguan poet, this former train station houses some items from Corinto’s past along with some railroad artefacts.
If you're looking for beaches, there are few options in Corinto. One secluded beach is Playa Paso Caballo, fine for sunbathing or relaxing. However, the waters aren't safe for swimming and there are no lifeguards.
Outdoor enthusiasts can take a tour to the dormant Volcan Viejo, which is around 18 miles north of Puerto Corinto. It's Nicaragua's steepest hike, so expect a bit of a challenge. There are also local fishermen happy to take you to El Cardon, one of the nearby (and uninhabited) barrier islands whose natural beauty inspired poet Ruben Dario.
There are multiple festivals throughout the area during the warmer months, both in Corinto and in Leon. If you're a foodie, you may want to plan to visit during Fiesta Gastronomica del Mar, the annual summer festival that begins with fishing contest and involves chefs from all over creating amazing seafood dishes.