Punta Jesús María

Of all the Black sand beaches on the island, none compare to Punta Jesús María. With beaches on both sides of the western facing peninsula and some local traditional style food stands, this is a great place for a sunset picnic!

There is also a sandbar that extends deep into Lake Nicaragua. This narrow spit of sand is of volcanic origin, and the natural water currents. Water levels very drastically in Lake Nicaragua and can affect your experience at Punta Jesús María. At certain times of the year (our dry season) the sand bank extends up to 2 kilometers (1.25 miles) out. But even with higher water levels you can still enjoy an amazing sunset.

From here you have a panoramic view of the shoreline and the two volcanoes. Looking towards the north, Volcán Mombacho and Isla Zapatera can be seen. This is also a popular spot with the locals for swimming in the calm shallows or watching the sunset.

Expect to pay around US$2 per person for entry. Restrooms are available for a modest fee. Punta Jesús María is a peninsula and a popular beach with locals on weekends.

It lies just about 2 kilometers (1.25 miles) south of Moyogalpa, and again, depending on the varying water levels throughout the year, it can extend from 50 meters (160 feet) to 2 kilometers (1.25 miles) into the lake.

This is also a great spot to enjoy spectacular sunsets as it is facing straight west.

The origin of the name Punta Jesús María came from the illusion of walking on water when you walk just a few meters past the sand line.

It is a short bike ride of about 15 minutes from Moyogalpa, whether you just want to go for a quick swim or enjoy one of the amazing sunsets this place offers.